LW & MWM to Hold Turkey Giveaway; SDC to Host Voter Registration

L.W’s lawn Service and MWM Investments and Property Management will be holding their Twelfth Annual “Day of Giving”, and the Suffolk Democratic Committee has been invited to host a voter registration table at the event.

This event has provided Thanksgiving Dinners, with all the trimmings, for more than 16,000 families, which equates to over 65,000 individuals. LeOtis Williams, CEO and manager of L.W’s Lawn Service and MWM Investments and Property Management, wrote about the event, “We know that God has blessed us and we are honored that we can provide Thanksgiving Dinner again this year and “Give Back to the Community”

The Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway will be held at 615 Old East Pinner Street, which is the L.W’s Lawn Service and MWM Investments and Property Management building, near L.W’s Center where the Suffolk Democratic Committee holds their monthly meetings. The event will be Saturday, November 21st, 2015, beginning at 9:00am and ending at 1:00 pm. For volunteers, setting up will begin at 8:00am.

Volunteers, please use our contact form to let us know you can help or if you have received the email about this event please reply to that email or use the contact information provided.

Stand with Governor McAuliffe in Expanding Medicaid

Since Governor McAuliffe took office, expanding Medicare to 400,000 uninsured Virginians has been a priority for him. And almost two years later, he still hasn’t given up fighting for them.

The Governor has a plan that will expand this healthcare coverage and cover Virginians at no cost to the state, and we believe that it’s past time we expand Medicaid in Virginia — sign on now if you agree

30 states — run by both Republicans and Democrats — have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act because it’s the right thing to do. The Republicans in Richmond are more committed to blocking the Governor’s legislative priorities than they are to coming to the table and finding solutions. And that is unacceptable.

Stand with Team Common Good today and support the Governor in expanding Medicaid!

There’s an Election This Tuesday! Every year is an election year in Virginia!

Every year is an election year in Virginia and citizens who live in Virginia’s Senatorial Districts 1 and 3, each of which include portions of Suffolk, have contested races to participate in.

In District 1 we have Senator John Miller running for reelection. John has received the Virginia Education Association’s “Solid as a Rock” award for his commitment to public education and was named “Policymaker of the Year” by the Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education. The Virginia League of Conservation Voters named him a “Legislative Hero” and the Sierra Club has given me an “A+” rating. All that plus an “A” rating from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

In District 3 we have political newcomer Hugo Reyes. Hugo is an Army Aviation Officer and Gulf War veteran. He currently serves as a cyber security planner, leading cyber security policy development for the Department of Homeland Security and other Federal sponsors. Hugo has an MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Science from National University, and Associate of Arts degrees in Photography and Fine Arts from Northern Virginia Community College. He has mentored college students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), is fluent in English and Spanish and is a trained court interpreter. Hugo is a strong supporter of early education, vocational training, and affordable higher education. Hugo is a strong advocate for Veterans benefits and labor unions.

Don’t live in Senatorial Districts 1 or 3? Don’t know? Check your Virginia Department of Elections voter information web site., and get ready to vote Democrat! If you don’t have a contested race in your own district, consider supporting Democratic candidates elsewhere.

Here’s a list of Democratic candidates throughout Virginia in both the State Senate and the House of Delegates. Not all of these races are contested, but you should still get out and show your support. Remember, elections are this coming Tuesday!

Senate 1st District John C. Miller
Senate 2nd District Mamie E. Locke
Senate 3rd District Hugo E. Reyes
Senate 5th District Kenneth Cooper Alexander
Senate 6th District Lynwood W. Lewis, Jr.
Senate 7th District Gary T. McCollum
Senate 8th District H.D. “Dave” Belote
Senate 9th District A. Donald McEachin
Senate 10th District Daniel A. Gecker
Senate 11th District E. “Wayne” Powell
Senate 12th District Deborah M. Repp
Senate 13th District B. Jill McCabe
Senate 17th District Ned L. Gallaway
Senate 18th District L. Louise Lucas
Senate 19th District Michael L. Hamlar
Senate 20th District Kim E. Adkins
Senate 21st District John S. Edwards
Senate 25th District R. Creigh Deeds
Senate 26th District April D. Moore
Senate 29th District Jeremy S. McPike
Senate 30th District Adam P. Ebbin
Senate 31st District Barbara A. Favola
Senate 32nd District Janet D. Howell
Senate 33rd District Jennifer T. Wexton
Senate 34th District J. C. “Chap” Petersen
Senate 35th District Richard L. “Dick” Saslaw
Senate 36th District Scott A. Surovell
Senate 37th District David W. Marsden
Senate 39th District George Lincoln Barker

House 2nd District Joshua L. King
House 11th District S. “Sam” Rasoul
House 12th District Laurie A. Buchwald
House 13th District Donald B. Shaw II
House 21st District Susan B. Hippen
House 24th District Ellen M. Arthur
House 25th District Angela M. Lynn
House 27th District Martin Mooradian Jr.
House 28th District Kandy A. Hilliard
House 31st District Sara E. Townsend
House 32nd District Elizabeth Amy Miller
House 33rd District D. Chuck Hedges
House 34th District Kathleen J. Murphy
House 35th District Mark L. Keam
House 36th District Kenneth R. “Ken” Plum
House 37th District David L. Bulova
House 38th District L. Kaye Kory
House 38th District Vivian E. Watts
House 40th District Jerry L. Foltz
House 41st District Eileen Filler-Corn
House 42nd District Joana C. Garcia
House 43rd District Mark D. Sickles
House 44th District Paul E. Krizek
House 45th District Mark H. Levine
House 46th District Mark H. Levine
House 47th District Patrick A. Hope
House 48th District R. C. “Rip” Sullivan Jr.
House 49th District Alfonso H. Lopez
House 50th District Kyle B. McCullough
House 52nd District Luke E. Torian
House 53rd District Marcus B. Simon
House 55th District Toni L. Radler
House 57th District David J. Toscano
House 61st District Gregory L. Marston
House 62nd District Sheila C. Bynum
House 63rd District Lashrecse D. Aird
House 68th District Bill K. Grogan
House 69th District Betsy B. Carr
House 70th District Delores L. McQuinn
House 71st District Jennifer L. McClellan
House 74th District Lamont Bagby
House 75th District Roslyn C. Tyler
House 77th District Lionell Spruill, Sr
House 79th District Steve E. Heretick
House 80th District Matthew James
House 82nd District William W. “Bill” Fleming
House 86th District Jennifer B. Boysko
House 87th District John J. Bell
House 89th District Daun Sessoms Hester
House 90th District Joseph C. “Joe” Lindsey
House 92nd District Jeion A. Ward
House 93rd District T. “Monty” Mason
House 94th District Shelly A. Simonds
House 95th District Marcia S. “Cia” Price
House 100th District Willie C. Randall

Hugo Reyes joins SDC at Peanut Fest (and takes a selfie)

Come join us today and tomorrow at the Suffolk Peanut Fest! Hugo Reyes, our candidate for Virginia Senate’s Third District, and his partner Mary Meyers will be joining us throughout.

Hugo Reyes Selfie at SDC Tent

Volunteers have been manning the tent since Thursday, and turnout should be good this weekend since the usual Peanut Fest storm hit us early this year.

Peanut Fest Tent

The Truth about the Republican Debate

It should be of no surprise that the Republican debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Wednesday was full of misinformation and lies. Ruby Mellen, in the Huffington Post, has highlighted some of the most outrageous falsehoods uttered by the Republican hopefuls, including anti-vax nonsense and imagined videos of kicking fetuses.

[Carly Fiorina] said[,] “Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.'”

However, there’s no evidence that a video like this actually exists. Vox senior editor Sarah Kliff wrote Thursday that in the 12 hours of footage CMP has released, there are no images that match Fiorina’s description. … It’s possible that Fiorina was thinking of some other video … but as of yet, no one has been able to find a clip that looks like what Fiorina was talking about.

Safe Campus Act Would Make Campuses Less Safe

In an open letter, printed in the Huffington Post, Alex Pinkleton and Victoria Moran explain why they believe that the Safe Campus Act, sponsored by Republicans Matt Salmon, Kay Granger, and Pete Sessions, would make campuses less safe.

Of primary concern is Sec. 163 of the bill, which mandates that survivors must initiate a police proceeding before any action can be taken by the University in regards to incidents of sexual assault. We fear that this provision will exacerbate the already severe problem of the underreporting of sexual assaults.

Pinkleton and Moran go on to explain why this restriction is such a barrier to action.

Currently, the majority of police officers in the United States are not trauma-informed, as it is not a mandatory part of their training. … For these reasons, among others, it is very difficult for a survivor to tell anyone about their assault.