Monday, December 9, 2013

December 14 Caucus plus Community Drive

The Giles County Democratic Party will hold a caucus on December 14 at the Giles County Courthouse in Pearisburg.  The caucus is to elect officers and committee members for the next 2 years and to conduct party business.  All Giles County Democrats are invited to participate.  Doors open at 10 and will close at 10:30 a.m. so get there early.  

We also will be collecting items for the Christmas food boxes that the Giles Mission will be distributing to 75 families.   Items needed for the boxes:

cake and icing mixes
boxed potatoes (scalloped, au gratin, etc.)
macaroni & cheese boxes
canned pineapple

If you don't have time to shop for these items, you can donate cash and items will be purchased on Monday and then delivered to the Mission.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

It's only a little over a week until election day on November 5.   Check where your polling location is at this website:

Virginia Voter Registration

Then, click on "Update or view voter record" where you will have to enter your information. 

To learn what's on your ballot (several local races), click on the link below:

What's on my ballot?

To help volunteer such as at a greeter on election day, contact Joan at or by phone 540-9214055 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Harder Signs

We put up about 25 James Harder signs this week.  Send an email to if you would like one.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Pembroke Heritage Festival

Stop by the Giles County Democratic Party booth this Saturday, October 5 at the Pembroke Heritage Festival.  Sign up to receive email updates and get literature and talk to a fellow Democrat or two!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Look for our signs...

Here's a sign along Hwy. 100.   Vote for the Democratic ticket to keep Virginia's economy going strong and stronger for the future.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Giles Democrats Rally in Dublin

Giles County Democrats are in the news again!  Pick up your copy of this week's Virginian Leader at local convenience stores ....
The article is about the Acres of Democrats rally held over Labor Day weekend. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Acres of Democrats Rally

Mark Herring, candidate for Virginia attorney general, spoke at the Acres of Democrats rally over Labor Day weekend.  He talked about the unity of the Democratic Party ticket on issues ranging from transportation, education, and creating jobs to make a strong Virginia.  He urged all to work on campaigns to support the candidates.

James Harder, candidate for the House of Delegates 12th District which covers Giles County, talked about his family history, coming from four generations of New River Valley farmers.  Mr. Harder laid out his plans to support education, farming, and job creation in order to strengthen the local economy and families in the region.

Giles County Democrats raised funds to purchase 8 of the large 3-candidate signs shown in the photo.  Already one is on Hwy. 100 and others will be showing up soon along the major highways.  If you would like to contribute,  look on the donate section to the right for instructions. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Acres of Democrats Sept. 1

The Fighting Ninth's Acres of Democrats is almost upon us.
If you are on FaceBook, please see the Acres of Democrats page and like us.
Please share the info with your family, friends, neighbors and let's have a great turnout to
get this Fall Election season going.

Acres of Democrats
Sunday Sept 1, 2013
New River Community College
5252 College Drive
Dublin VA  24084

For questions or reservations, please contact:
Dean Chiapetto 540-392-6784

Tickets are a $10 donation per person (lunch included).

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Walmart Drive

Please stop by the Pearisburg Walmart this Sunday, August 4 (10-6 p.m.) to contribute goods for the needy in Giles County.  Every year, Giles County Democratic Party holds this drive to collect food for the local Food Bank, supplies for the local homeless shelter, and school supplies for the foster children. 

Also, note the McAuliffe signs on our Democratic Party signs on Highway 100:

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Strong Democratic Ticket for November 5

After yesterday's election results, our ticket is now complete.  Ralph Northam for Lt. Governor and Mark Herring for Attorney General complete the Democratic ticket with Terry McAuliffe for Governor.  And, James Harder will run against Joseph Yost to become your delegate for the Virginia 12th District.   To learn more about the candidates and volunteer, click on the photos to the right to get to their campaign websites.

We have a strong ticket for the November 2 election--let's get the word out. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Signs Up!

We installed a couple of our Giles County Democratic Party signs today.  Take a look...

If you would like to contribute toward the installation of these signs in Giles County Virginia, please send your check made out to Giles County Democratic Party to:
Giles County Democratic Party
P.O. 5
Newport, VA 24128

Remember to vote on June 11!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Democratic Party Primary is June 11

Giles County Democratic Party is urging all Democrats to vote in the June 11 primary. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Terry McAuliffe is the Democratic Party nominee for governor and is not listed on the ballot.  However, there are two candidates each  for the other two offices.  Aneesh Chopra and Ralph Northam are running for Lieutenant Governor.    Justin Fairfax and Mark Herring are running for Virginia Attorney General.

Links to the candidates' websites are available by clicking on the photos to the right.

Caucus cancelled


We are very happy to announce James Harder as the official Democratic candidate for the 12th District of the Virginia House of Delegates. Since Mr. Harder was the sole candidate running for the seat, there will be NO CAUCUS held for this seat.

Please welcome James as our nominee and support him with your time, efforts, and financial assistance. Please visit his website at

Monday, May 20, 2013

Giles County Democrats are invited to Caucus....

Check back here for the latest update.  Note that if only one candidate files on May 28, the caucus will be cancelled.



DATE:            Thursday, May 30,  2013 - 7:00pm

PLACE:          Briarwood Clubhouse, Hethwood
                        2210 Tall Oaks Dr, Blacksburg

PURPOSE:    To nominate a Democratic candidate for the 12th House District

The doors to the caucus will open at 6:30pm and close promptly at 7:00pm.  Participation is open to all registered voters of the 12th House District who are Democrats and who support Democratic candidates.  The 12th District includes all of the City of Radford and Giles County as well as Montgomery County Precincts A-2, A-3, B-1, E-1 (portion), E-2 F-1, F-2, G-1, and G-2 and the Belspring and New River Precincts in Pulaski County.

In order to have their name placed in nomination, candidates must file a written statement of candidacy, along with a pre-filing fee of $250.00 with the Chair of the 12th District Democratic Committee, Steve Cochran, 2175 Maple Ln, Blacksburg, VA 24060, to arrive no later than 5:00pm May 28, 2013.  If no more than one candidate files in accordance with this provision, the candidate who has filed will be declared the Party nominee and the caucus may be cancelled.

For information, contact Steve Cochran at (540) 953-0290.

Authorized by the 12th District Democratic Committee
 Paid for by the Montgomery County Democratic Committee

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Why a Primary?

I have been asked why the Democrats are having a June 11 primary when the Democratic candidate for Governor, Terry McAuliffe, is uncontested.   That is true but the other offices are contested.   Aneesh Chopra and Ralph Northam are running for the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor while Mark Herring and Justin Fairfax are both running for Virginia Attorney General.

As a voter, please be informed about your candidates.  The best way to get introduced to them is by studying their websites.  Click on the images on the right to go to their websites.  From there, you can friend them on Facebook which will tell you a little more about their campaign activities and the issues they care about.

Remember the June 11 Democratic primary is only about a month away!

Thursday, May 2, 2013


The Giles County Assembled Democratic Caucus scheduled for this Saturday, May 4, has been cancelled.   I received only 2 applications  so that was less than the 5 needed to vote at a caucus.     Also, I plan to be at the courthouse from 11:30-noon Saturday in case anyone didn't get the message.

As I receive more information about the 9th Congressional District Democratic Party convention (May 25 in Abingdon) including candidate appearances, that information will be posted here Anyone can attend and we still have two delegate vacancies  to vote for candidates for the state central committee.  

If you are interested in attending the convention or becoming a delegate, contact Joan at email or phone 921-4055.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013


The Giles County Assembled Democratic Caucus will be held on May 4 at 12:00 noon in the Giles County Courthouse Courtroom, 501 Wenonah Avenue, Pearisburg, VA 24134. Candidates for delegates and alternates must pre-file by April 29 by 5:00 p.m.  For your convenience, Joan Kark will be at the Pearisburg Dairy Queen, 503 N. Main Street, from 4-5 p.m. on April 29 to collect the pre-filing forms. There is no filing fee.  Also, you may mail the forms (email or call to get the form) to:

Giles County Democratic Party
P.O. Box 5
Newport, VA 24128

 If there are any questions about pre-filing, contact Joan Kark via email or by phone 921-4055.

If we receive the same number or less of application forms for the delegate positions, the caucus will be cancelled. This happened last year. In that event, a notice will be given by on this website, and in the Virginian Leader May 1 newspaper.

The Giles County Democratic Party Caucus will elect 4 delegates and 2 alternates for the 9th Congressional District Democratic Convention (May 25 at the Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center, Ratliff Hall Meeting Facility, 22536 Hillman Highway, Abingdon, VA 24210). The top four vote getters will be the delegates and the person receiving the 5th and 6th number of votes shall be the alternates. Tie votes will be broken by the flip of the coin.

The qualifications for running for delegate/alternate and for participating in the Caucuses are: 1) being 18 years or older; 2) ; promising to not support any Republican against any Democratic Candidate in the 2013 elections; and 3) being a registered voter in Giles County.

The Caucus doors will open at 11:30 a.m. so that participants may complete the Declaration Forms and take their seats in the caucus room. The Caucus Room doors will close at 12:00 noon and only those participants already in line and the caucus workers will be allowed entry after that time. The process is more completely explained in the Call to Caucus below.

Come early and be prepared to participate in the Democratic process.

Democratic Call to Caucus
Giles County Democratic Committee
WHEREAS, it is the duty of the Giles County Democratic Committee to issue the Call to Caucus for the purpose of electing 4 delegates and 1 alternate to the 9th Congressional District Democratic Convention.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Giles County Democratic Committee hereby issues the Call to Caucus to convene an assembled caucus at 12:00 noon, Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Giles County Courthouse, 510 Wenonah Avenue, Pearisburg Virginia for the sole purpose of electing 4 delegates and 1 alternate to the 9th Congressional District Convention, and the following provisions shall govern the convention, to wit:
1.      Filing: Those wishing their names to be placed on the ballot at the Caucus shall file their candidacy by 5:00 p.m. April 29, 2013, with the Giles County Democratic Committee Chair or his/her designee.
2.  Conduct the Caucus: The doors to the Caucus will be opened at 11:30 a.m.  Check-in will occur between 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 noon.  The doors to the caucus will be closed at 12:00 noon and no further persons will be permitted to enter.  Those in line at noon will be permitted to complete the check-in process and will be permitted to participate.
The Chair of the Giles County Committee or his/her designee, shall be the Temporary Chair of the Caucus and shall appoint a Temporary Secretary and such other Temporary Officers of the Caucus as is deemed appropriate.  Until the adoption of the Rules, the order of the Caucus shall be determined by the Chair of the Caucus, subject to the approval of the Caucus participants, Robert’s Rules of Order, and the Virginia Democratic Party Plan.
3.     Affirmative Action: It shall be the duty of each local precinct Democratic chair and the members of each local Democratic Committee to take all feasible steps to encourage broad participation in the delegate selection process.  Discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, color, national origin, religion, ethnic identity or economic status in the delegate selection process is prohibited.  The Giles County Democratic Committee shall make every effort to ensure that the Giles County delegation is half-male and half-female.
4.  Call Distribution: It shall be the duty of the Giles County Democratic Committee Chair to distribute a copy of the Call to Caucus. 
It shall further be the duty of the Giles County Democratic Committee Chair to cause this Call to Caucus to be publicized through electronic distribution on the Giles County Democratic Party website and the Virginia Democratic Party website. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Check out the Virginian Leader

Check here for updates on the upcoming May 4 caucus to select delegates for the 9th Congressional District Virginia Democratic Party convention to be held in Abington on May 25.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Giles County Democratic Party First Meeting!

 Meeting of Giles County Democratic Party:

Saturday, February 16, 11:00 a.m.
Where: Anna's Restaurant, 100 Monroe St., Narrows
Agenda: Update on candidates, old business, and brainstorming for our 2013 strategic plan

We will work from 11-12 noon.  We can order coffee/tea (buy your own)  and then those of us who want to, stay afterwards to purchase the buffet lunch and continue to talk.