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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Happy Independence Day

U.S. Flag

Photo Credit: JOHN A. LEE, II. retrieved from Wikimedia Commons
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Next Meeting with Candidate Elliott Fausz

Elliot Fausz

Elliott Fausz is running against Randy Forbes for U.S. Congress 4th District, and will be joining us at our next meeting on Tuesday, July 8th at 7:PM, at 701 East Old Pinner Street .  This will be a great chance to ask the candidate about issues that concern you, and it will be a great chance to find out why we need to work hard and get out the vote this November.

So bring your questions and bring your fighting spirit because it's time to win the 4th for a congressman who will represent the people and not just the power brokers in our district!


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Commending Resolution for Randall Booth in Smithfield Friday

Delegate Rick Morris will be hosting a presentation for the commemoration of Randall Booth. Randall Booth was a freed slave who protected and saved important county records during the Civil War. His memory has been honored with a commemorating resolution which was recently passed in the General Assembly.

Delegate Morris will be joined by House Speaker Bill Howell.

This may be a good chance to meet Speaker Howell and Delegate Morris and express concerns about their obstruction of medicaid expansion, or about other important issues of concern.

There will be complimentary food and drinks as the delegates present resolutions to the NAACP of Isle of Wight County.

Delegate Morris’s open invitation includes a number for RSVP, 757-912-1644.

June 27, 2014
At 7:00pm

Isle of Wight County Museum
103 Main Street
Smithfield, VA 23430

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Regular Meeting Tomorrow @7PM

Remember, Tomorrow’s Regular Meeting will be at 7PM at LW’s Center (Directions)
Regular Meeting

Lizzy Ramey from the Warner campaign will join us, and we’ll be discussing voter registration, upcoming events, 4th District Candidate Elliott Fausz, and more.

See you tomorrow.

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DCCC Offers Summer Organizing Corps Fellowship Program

Deadline: May 27th!

Join the 2014 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Summer Organizing Fellowship and help elect Democrats.

The mission of the DCCC’s Summer Organizing Fellowship is to train a new generation of diverse, relentless and inspired organizers to help us win.

Apply on the DCCC’s Summer Fellows Page by May 27th and make a difference in the important upcoming elections.

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Meeting Location: LW’s Center on East Old Pinner.

LW’s Center is visible from U.S. 58, E. Constance Road, but located just off of E. Constance.

Unless you’re already on East Pinner St,

  • Get to the intersection of East Constance and the junction of Wilroy Road and East Pinner Street.
    • If you’re going East on E. Constance (e.g. coming from Main Street), turn right onto E. Pinner
    • If you’re going West on E. Constance, turn left
    • If you’re on Wilory, continue to E. Pinner
  • Drive about 550 feet and make a left onto Old East Pinner. You’ll be heading back towards E. Constance.
  • Make a right just before you get to E. Constance.

If you’re already on East Pinner St,

  • Turn right before you get to E. Constance. You’ll still be heading towards E. Constance.
  • Again, turn right before you get to E. Constance

Google shows “Suburban Dr” but there is no sign for Suburban Drive. The building is on a short un-marked road off of East Old Pinner Street.

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A Terrific Luncheon

The Suffolk Democratic Committee honored three community heroes at our Sixth Annual Community Hero Luncheon. Our three heroes were C. Phillips Ferguson, Jewel Gatling, and Robert E. Stephens. Or heroes each spoke eloquently, as did our guest speaker, Justin Fairfax.

Honorees Ferguson, Gatling & Stephens

Mr. Ferguson was honored for his years of public service and his accomplishments in making the public aware of the services provided by the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. Mr. Ferguson oversaw the creation of 25 information pamphlets and made over 125 speaking engagements to inform the public about such subjects as identity theft, gang violence, and internet safety.

Ms. Gatling was honored for her many accomplishments including leading the Suffolk Young Democratic Committee from a fledgling organization to a chartered member of the Hampton Roads Young Democrats. Under her leadership, the Suffolk Young Democrats sponsored food drives, clothing drives, and a drive for goods and services for H.E.R. shelter, a non-profit organization for victims of domestic violence.

Mr. Stephens is a cofounder of Suffolk’s Community Action Coalition, which works with schools, community organizations, and law enforcement to solve problems affecting our youth and help kids stay on track towards a positive future. One of the CAC’s programs is “Be Fight Free”, designed to curb school violence.

Our guest speaker, Justin Fairfax, praised our honorees and spoke about the importance of quiet heroes working together.

Delegate Lionel Spuill and Gail Henderson provided our closing remarks.

sdcvirginia's 20140503 Hero Luncheon album on Photobucket
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