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Photos: VA Dems Meet, Vote to Hold Primary, Vow to Win in 2017, Pay Tribute to Our Friend Joe Montano


From the Democratic Party of Virginia State Central Committee meeting today…

  • Report from VA Dems 9th CD Chair Isaac Sarver:

    The Democratic Party of Virginia just gave a moving tribute to Joe Montano’s life and legacy. Joe was my friend, coworker, and mentor from the time I got my first “grown-up” political job as a 50 state organizer for the DNC and state party under Levar M. Stoney and Don Mark. He was a source of advice and support from that campaign, and helped me keep a cool head in the comparative chaos that marks every campaign. Joe had the chance to work together again in ’09 and ’12, always reprising our familiar roles with Joe handling the northern front and me handling the western. The running joke was that we both spent the same amount of time in the car for our work: Joe because of traffic and me because of geography. The last time I saw him was about a week before Philadelphia and the DNC convention, at a brewery. We walked to our cars that afternoon at the conclusion of our visit and reflected on how far we’d come in the past eight years, the many miles on the campaign trail, and Tim Kaine’s rising star. Hard to believe he’s gone… but as the party showed today, the Democratic Party family remembers and takes care of its own. We’ll miss you Joe. #livelikejoe