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Susan Mariner: “Why I Am Running for DPVA 1st Vice Chair of Organization”

On June 12, 2010, the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) will select a new 1st Vice Chair. The following statement is from former Webb "ragtag army" superstar Susan Mariner, who I am strongly supporting for this position.  Also supporting Susan so far are people like Sen. Chap Petersen, Del. Scott Surovell, Roanoke County Clerk of Circuit Court Steve McGraw, Prince William County Democratic chair Pete Frisbie, 10th CD Democratic Committee member Charlie Jackson, Isaac Sarver, Joe Montano, Joseph Puckett, 316 Facebook fans, and more. I hope you'll support Susan too. Thanks!
WHY I AM RUNNING for DPVA 1st VICE CHAIR of ORGANIZATION

I'm Susan Mariner, and I'm asking for your vote on June 12th

First and foremost, the job of the DPVA 1st Vice Chair of Organization is to elect Democrats.  I am running for this seat at this particular time because I believe I am uniquely qualified to accomplish that goal.   Here's why--

*I have the proven ability to grow, strengthen, and diversify the Party:  In 6 months as Chair of the Virginia Beach Democratic Committee, I have increased our committee membership from 80 to 175, brought in a critical infusion of energetic young people, and vastly increased participation of minorities.  If you want a 1st Vice Chair of Organization who has the skills to grow, strengthen, and diversify the Democratic Party across the Commonwealth, I ask for your vote.

*I will leave no committee behind:  Over the years, my work with urban, rural, and suburban Democratic committees has made me acutely aware that the challenges faced by committees throughout the state are not the same and cannot be met with a "one size fits all" solution.  If elected, I will personally and actively support all committees across this great state.  If you want an energetic and knowledgeable 1st Vice Chair of Organization, one who will spend time helping any committee that seeks my assistance in creatively energizing, professionalizing or expanding their organization, I ask for your vote.

GOP “far out of step,” “not being very intelligent” on DADT


Unfortunately, in addition to people like John BONEr and Eric Can'tor "not being very intelligent" on the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, I'd add that the GOP is also motivated by: 1) homophobia; and 2) the desire to defeat Obama and the Democrats on everything they want. Neither are good reasons to be against repealing this stupid, ineffective, obsolete, self-defeating, harmful, discriminatory, wildly unpopular policy.  Enough talk about this, we know the answer. Just ditch it. Now.

Dinner With McCain, McDonnell, and Malek Anyone?


Maybe they can talk about this or this while they're dining on...this, perhaps?  And all for just $2,400 (or more, if you so desire; see the various price levels after the "flip").  Sounds like a fun time -- or, on second thought, not!

Get On the Bus for Kai Degner

Del. Scott Surovell forwarded me the following email.  Several Democratic committees - Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun, Alexandria, and the DPVA - are organizing this, join them if you can and help Kai Degner win this election on June 15!
On Saturday, June 12, you have the opportunity to help start to win back control of the House of Delegates.  The Democratic Party of Virginia and House Democratic Caucus have hired a bus to ship campaign volunteers to Harrisonburg to help Get Out The Vote for our candidate, Harrisonburg Mayor Kai Degner who is running in a June 15 special election to replace Matt Lohr, a Republican in the House of Delegates who resigned to take a government appointment.  Click here to read more about Kai Degner's campaign.

Kai is a twenty-nine year old ball of fire who door knocked his way onto the Harrisonburg City Council and subsequently was elected Mayor.  There are many votes to get out in his base in the City of Harrisonburg.  Additionally, a third party "tea party" candidate has filed to run which will divide up Kai's opponent's base of support.  This race represents an excellent opportunity to take back a seat if we can focus our statewide resources for one weekend.

The bus will leave on Saturday, June 12 at 9 A.M., from Fairfax County Democratic Committee Headquarters, 2815 Hartland Rd, Falls Church, and will return at 7 p.m. to the same location.  Just enough time for 6 hours of good grassroots door knocking.

There are 55 spots available and we need to fill every one of them!

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT ON THE BUS

If you are unhappy about the direction that Bob McDonnell and Ken Cuccinelli have taken our Commonwealth, this is the perfect opportunity to send a message.  Kai is a great candidate and has his opponents are on the defensive.  Our chances are good for an upset victory by Kai.  We've had a great track record in special elections, both here in Virginia and nationally.  Let's keep it up and keep moving towards a Democratic House of Delegates!

VoteVets on Oil Spill: “America Needs a New Mission”


Another excellent ad by VoteVets.org. What about this clear, powerful message do opponents of clean energy and climate legislation fail to understand?

Del. Scott Surovell Named “Legislative Rookie of the Year” by VEA

Congratulations to Del. Scott Surovell (D-44th) and keep up the great work!
Delegate Scott Surovell was named a "Legislative Rookie of the Year" by the Virginia Education Association in recognition of his efforts to strengthen public education throughout the Commonwealth during the 2010 legislative session. "As a product of Fairfax County Public Schools, I am honored to be recognized by the VEA," said Surovell. Surovell was one of six newly elected delegates to receive a 100% rating from the VEA.

The VEA, founded in 1863 comprises over 60,000 educators in Virginia. Dr. Kitty Boitnott, president of the VEA said of Surovell: "Delegate Surovell has begun his legislative career as a solid supporter of our public schools. We have acknowledged his 100% pro-education voting record by awarding him VEA's Rookie of the Year award. We look forward to working with Delegate Surovell in the years ahead. He is a welcomed friend of public education."


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