Now Accepting Community Hero Nominees

The Suffolk Democratic Committee is now accepting nominees for our annual Suffolk Community Hero Luncheon. If you know someone who fits the criteria and would like to nominate that person, please fill out our nomination form.

The nominee –

  • must be a resident of Suffolk, and be 13 years old or older.
  • must be honest & trustworthy.
  • must exemplify the ideals of the Democratic Party (but does not have to be a Democrat or a member of the committee).
  • must have devoted themselves to the betterment of the Suffolk Community
    i.e. Volunteer work at non-profit centers; Acts over & above their job requirements

All nominations for the Community Hero Award will be vetted by a panel of SDC members before submission to the Selection Committee.

Notice of Committee Reorganization and Call to Caucus

Biannually, the Suffolk Democratic Committee reorganizes in accordance with the Party Plan of the Democratic Party of Virginia. During this reorganization, committee members as well as officers must be elected.

Complete Application Online or Download & Print Application

Call to Caucus

The Suffolk Democratic Committee hereby announces that it will hold an unassembled caucus beginning at 7:00 PM, January 12, 2016 at 701 Old East Pinner Street for the purpose of electing members to the Suffolk Democratic Committee. The caucus will elect members who have completed an application form as noted above. Any person attending the caucus, before participating, shall sign a standardized Caucus Participation Form stating that he or she is a registered Suffolk voter, is a Democrat, does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to a Democratic nominee in the ensuing general election, and believes in the principles of the Democratic Party. The caucus will conclude at 8:00 PM.

All those seeking membership for the 2016-2018 term must complete an application/membership form and submit it to the acting chair, Leslie Rinaldi, either in person, by mail to the Suffolk Democratic Committee (PO Box 3458 / Suffolk, VA 23434), by email to or online via the form at A printable application as well as the on-line form can be found at the above link. Emailed submissions should be printed, filled out, and scanned.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 5:00 PM, January 12, 2015. It is the candidates’ responsibility to ensure that submissions are properly delivered to the committee prior to the deadline.

Individuals who have submitted this application will be eligible for election to the city Committee. Any person elected to the Committee and in good standing will be able to vote for officers. Members elected through this process on January 12 will serve for two years.

The reorganization process will begin with the election of members at the January 12 Committee Meeting, 701 Old East Pinner Street. Elections of Officers will immediately follow.

Committee members may nominate themselves or another standing member for any of the offices. The person elected (and installed) will serve a two-year term which begins with the election in January and runs to the election of officers for the 2018-2010 cycle. Nominations will be taken from the floor after the committee report is presented at the January 12 committee meeting. Leslie Rinaldi, will collect the nominations and can respond to questions.

In order to be eligible to run for any officer position, a candidate must be a member of the Suffolk Democratic Committee in good standing. The candidate must agree to abide by the principles and bylaws of the Democratic Party and certify that he or she is a Democrat who is a registered voter in Suffolk. Additionally the person must believe in the principles of the Democratic Party and indicate that he or she does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to a Democratic nominee in the next ensuing election.

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