Monthy Meeting and Food Drive

For our next monthly meeting Tuesday, December 9th, please consider a donation of canned goods for LeOtis Williams’s food bank.

Mr. Williams generously operates his food bank and each year holds his Thanksgiving turkey giveaway, which has been covered in the local press. He also provides our meeting space.

See you there!

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To Our Veterans

For all of you hard work and sacrifice,

Thank you.


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Regular Meeting

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, November 11th at 7:00 at LW Center. Every year is an election year in Virginia, so it’s already time to think about the next one.

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4th District Has a Better Choice

The Virginian-Pilot’s editorial, “4th District needs better choices”, is a succinct description of why Randy Forbes has not been good for Virginia.

Forbes has instead wasted his time in Congress on inconsequential and unnecessarily divisive issues (does Congress need to inform Americans about the role of prayer?) that appeal to a narrow band of the electorate.

Which is all he needs to get re-elected.

But as if the publication was following some unwritten rule not to endorse Randy Forbes’s opponent, the editorial makes a strange excuse for failing to endorse Elliott Fausz: Randy Forbes won’t debate.

The Democrat, running for the first time, is genial enough, but his inexperience shows. He has been unable to persuade Forbes to even join him for a debate.

It makes no sense to cite Fausz’s inexperience as the reason Forbes won’t debate. In the previous two elections, Forbes refused to debate an Army doctor and successful entrepreneur, and he refused to debate a teacher, school administrator, and experienced councilwoman. Randy Forbes won’t debate because he has a lot of campaign money. He doesn’t have to appeal to a majority. He only has to appeal to wealthy supporters and extreme partisans while trying to keep the public unaware that there is a choice in the 4th District.

We have a choice. Elliott Fausz is a smart, young businessman who runs the operations of the Village News in Chester. He is active in his community and organizes the city’s yearly festival, Chesterfest. His goal is to diversify the business of the 4th district so we’re not solely dependent on government contracts to drive the economy. He will vote for seniors, veterans, and children instead of against them, and he will fight those who are lying about health care and doing everything we can to take it away from us.

To help Elliott Fausz in the South Hampton Roads area, contact Kika Ziesk-Socolov from the coordinated campaign for Mark Warner and Elliott Fausz at or (917) 768-1163. Elsewhere, visit Elliott Fausz’s campaign page at (or

Knock on doors, make phonecalls, post, and tweet #fauszinthehouse to let the citizens of Virginia’s 4th Congressional District know that we have a better choice.

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There’s Plenty to Do This Week


This Thursday, the NAACP will be hosting a candidate’s forum at Tabernacle Church, 2500 E. Washington Street, starting at 5:45.

Driver Days will be Friday, October 17 5:30 p..m.-8:30 p.m.& Saturday October 18 from 6:30 a.m.-8 a.m.
Elliott Fausz will have a tent there and we’d love some company!

And Kika from the Coordinated Campaign will be canvassing this weekend for Elliott Fausz and Mark Warner.

Call Ben at 757 651-1045 to help with Driver Days.

Call Kika at 917-768-1163 for this weekend’s canvassing.

Or use our contact form.

The election is just three weeks away and it’s important to do what we can so voters know about our outstanding candidates!

@MarkWarnerVA @Fausz4Congress
put #fauszinthehouse
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Meeting Tomorrow, Tuesday the 14th

Thanks again for a great Peanut Fest!

This month’s meeting will be tomorrow, Tuesday the 14th at 7:00 PM, at 701 East Old Pinner Street.

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Peanut Fest

Suffolk’s 37th Annual Peanut Fest drew a big crowd this year despite overcast skies and some rain, and our volunteers kept the tent festive and informative.

We passed out literature and signs for Mark Warner and Elliott Fausz, and we registered 23 new voters!

Next up: Driver Days!

Thanks to everyone for coming out, helping to set up, working shifts and contributing.

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News and Information

With elections and several local events coming up, it’s important for committee members to be informed about issues that are important to us as Democrats. To keep our members, supporters, and the general public aware of the goals that this committee is working towards and why we’re so committed to them, we will occasionally post articles about issues and events including those not directly related to the Suffolk Democratic Committee. To get started and get ready for a season of activity, here’s a few articles that we recommend:

Repairing infrastructure can help repair economy from the Washington Post, By Barry Ritholtz on October 22, 2011

… we have allowed the transportation grid to get old and out of shape. Our interstate highway system is in disrepair; our bridges are rusting away, with some collapsing now and then. The electrical grid is a patchwork of jury-rigged fixes, vulnerable to blackouts and foreign cyberattacks. The cell system of the United States is a laughingstock versus Asia’s or Europe’s coverage. There are very few things that are done better by government mandate than by the free market, but cell coverage is one of them…

Changing Tack, GOP Candidates Support Better Access To Birth Control from National Public Radio, By Mara Liasson on September 12, 2014

A string of Republican candidates for Senate are supporting an issue usually associated with Democrats: increased access to contraception.

U.S. senate to vote on bill easing student loan debt from The Diamondback (University of Maryland) by Jon Banister, September 11, 2014

Student loan interest rates are some of the highest loan interest rates in the country. For example, the national average for mortgage loans is 3.25 percent, according to This university’s College Democrats chapter spokesman Steven Palmer said students shouldn’t have to pay such high interest rates

McAuliffe can only go so far on Medicaid expansion from The Rachel Maddow Show by Steve Benen September 9th, 2014

No one can doubt the governor’s efforts – he tried everything he could think of. But in order for Virginia to do the smart and responsible thing, the GOP-led legislature would have to do what policymakers in most states have done: embrace the basic arithmetic of Medicaid expansion.

Raising The Minimum Wage Would Be Good For Wal-Mart, And America from Forbes by Forbes Staff, February 11, 2014

Corporate executives have sometimes recognized these facts over the years. In 2006, Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott testified before Congress in favor of a large hike in the minimum wage, arguing that even then Wal-Mart shoppers were becoming too poor to shop at Wal-Mart.

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A Great Pancake Morning

Thanks to all who came, all who volunteered, and thanks to the staff at Applebees who helped make everything run smoothly, yesterday’s Pancake Breakfast was a huge success.

Committee members have been busy this week, participating in voter registration events and canvassing for our Democratic candidates. Yesterday’s breakfast demonstrates that our good work is paying off.

Pancake Breakfast Volunteers

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Voter Empowerment Pancake Breakfast

Come join your fellow Democrats for a Pancake Breakfast. Along with pancakes served up by your Suffolk Democratic Committee, there will be information and discussion about important voting topics such as:

  • Voter Registration
  • Voting Rights Restoration
  • Candidates in the Upcoming Election
  • Issues to consider while voting

Our Pancake Breakfast will take place on August 9th at 8:AM at Applebee’s on Main Street.

Elliott Fausz, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress, 4th district, will be joining us.

— Tickets are just $5.00 per person. —

For more information, use the contact form, or contact a member of the Suffolk Democratic Committee.

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