Peter Rousselot Lays Out “134-Local-Committee Strategy” for DPVA


    If there’s one thing two-term Arlington County Democratic Committee chair Peter Rousselot knows, it’s Democratic committees. Which is why we should all pay attention to Peter’s “134-local-committee strategy” for the Democratic Party of Virginia. According to Peter:

    This strategy is modeled after the 50-state strategy that Howard Dean developed at the DNC, but a strategy I have adapted to the circumstances of a state political party – in particular, Virginia.


    It’s not clear that DPVA has the funds right now to hire the field organizers I recommend.  If I am elected Chair, until we can raise the money needed, I will immediately begin to personally do the outreach required to understand what the unique needs are in each locality, and to develop strategies to meet them.  As the former chair of a very effective local Democratic committee, I know what it takes to be successful.

    Yes, he most certainly does.  To learn more, click here. I encourage everyone to support Peter Rousselot for DPVA chair, that is if you want to grow the party, realize our best Democratic ideals, bring people together, and of course win elections!

    P.S. For some testimonials about Peter Rousselot, click here. As current Arlington County Democratic Committee chair Mike Lieberman writes, “Peter was the gold standard for local party chairs when he served in Arlington, and he will no doubt be the gold standard as Chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia. I enthusiastically support his candidacy, and encourage others to do the same.”

    • Tom

      When Joe Montano (NoVa) and Susan Mariner (Hampton Roads) were the DNC-sponsored (paid, albeit not much)regional leads in Virginia’s state equivalent of Howard Deane’s DNC 50-state strategy, we had two of the most energizing and inspiring field organizers anywhere. And when Susan and Joe asked the locals like me to volunteer to work on the Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) program thousands of us volunteers without hesitation because we all knew that’s how the grassroots makes face-to-face contact with people who might not otherwise think the party is interested in their involvement. But the next election cycle, the DPVA “leadership” somehow decided to abandon what was working very well. Now we’re at another crossroads for new leadership, and it is my fervent hope that, if elected DPVA chair, Peter will rejuvenate these two programs and allocate some funds to once again pay for these wonderfully energizing and inspiring people who made a huge difference back then.

      The committee members are of course exceedingly important, and Peter is doing the right thing in starting the conversation with all the committees. But let’s not forget that the vast majority of grassroots volunteers who make the difference in winning or losing have no interest in joining committees – they want to be working directly on candidates’ election campaigns, so the next part of Peter’s or other DPVA leadership plan must address how he will rejuvenate the non-committee volunteers which I belive must include regional staffers who can effectively manage the N2N and similar activities.

      One last element of this overall volunteer-based strategy has to be a dramatic improvement in the DPVA outreach for the large and growing Latino community, which was almost entirely ignored the last two election cycles. We need to have some assurance from all DPVA prospective chairs that a “seat at the table” on the Steering Committee for an official Latino caucus will be assured. If we can do this, the Latino community, particularly in my Prince William County, will turn out to vote in overwhelming numbers, given what Corey Stewart and his sidekick John Stirrup did to them the last time Corey based his entire BOCS chairmanship race on his and Stirrup’s anti-immigrant resolution. And once we have done this, I believe the Latino activist volunteers and voters we have recruited will be with us for a very long time.


    • totallynext

      If they don’t have a vote on the Central committee – then it really doesn’t matter.