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 jmkark@hughes.net 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.