Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee News and Notes for February


Join us at the 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Prayer Breakfast this Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center, 3005 Linden Drive I-81 Exit 7, in Bristol, Virginia. Ticket prices are Adults $17.00, 12 and under $5.00. Tickets are available at the door or through John Wesley United Methodist Church. More information, including speakers, music, and dance, is on the attached flyer.

This will be the last newsletter before the Democratic Primary! The Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee has not endorsed a candidate in the March 3 Democratic Presidential Primary. We encourage Democrats to research the candidates, make their individual choices, and show up to vote. We have discussed the candidates at meetings, at the breakfast, and at other gatherings, and some in our active group have spoken in support of their favorite candidate, but we have not agreed on an endorsement.

All of us appreciate all of the good candidates who have come forward to advance democratic values in this important primary and the critical upcoming November election, and all of us have agreed that we will support the candidate nominated by the Democrats. I do not expect that the committee will issue an endorsement, but if we do, I will let you know.

We will meet three times before the Primary, on dates listed below in the Calendar for February. Members and guests are welcome to attend and share in discussions related to candidates and issues.

In-Person Absentee voting for the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary began January 16th, 2020, and will close at 5:00 p.m. on February 29th.  If you want to vote before March 3, take advantage of this extended voting opportunity. Absentee voting is now open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the office of the Director of Elections at City Hall, 300 Lee Street in Bristol, VA. The office will also be open for absentee voting on Saturday, February 29th, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Don’t forget our Bristol elections in 2020!

  • Democrats Presidential Primary March 3, 2020.
  • General Election May 5, 2020 (School Board and City Council)
  • June Primary (if needed)
  • General Election November 3, 2020 (Presidential election)

Check your registration, especially if you have not voted in the previous election. You can use the link to official information on all elections in Bristol to check your registration. The URL is Our Director of Elections/Registrar keeps this resource updated so you can find information about upcoming elections. The website has links to downloadable forms and useful information, including your own personal voter registration status.

Calendar for February:

  • 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Prayer Breakfast this Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center
  • Last Day to Register to vote in the primary, Monday, February 10, 2020 if you want to vote in the March 3 Democratic Presidential Primary. If you will be 18 years of age in time for the general election in November, and you register to vote in Virginia on or before February 10th, you can vote in the March 3 Primary.
  • Committee Meeting, Monday, February 10th, at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol, VA. This is the regular Committee Meeting of the Bristol VA Democratic Committee. All individuals registered to vote in Bristol Virginia are encouraged to attend.
  • Breakfast with Democrats, Saturday, February 15th, at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7, in Bristol, VA. This is a social occasion without an agenda, and guests are welcome. Attendees order and pay individually. At breakfast we usually have informative and lively discussions of issues and current events.
  • TN-VA State Line Social, Monday, February 17th, at around 5:00 p.m. at the State Line Bar and Grille, 644 E. State St., Bristol, TN, 37620. This is an informal social gathering. Attendees order and pay individually. Progressives, Liberals, and our political friends and cousins from both Bristols and the surrounding area are welcome.
  • Last Day to vote in-person absentee, Saturday, February 29th, 2020.
  • March 3, Democratic Presidential Primary. Put this date on your calendar and be sure to vote!

Hope to see you in February!

November 2018 Calendar and Notes

November 6th is past, and many thanks to all who participated, made phone calls, installed signs for the campaign and picked them up after the election, read and shared events and comments on social media, planned and attended events and debates, voted, and helped with all of the tasks that go into a campaign. Thanks most of all to our candidates, Tim Kaine and Anthony Flaccavento, and to Anne and Laurel.


Congratulations to Senator Tim Kaine on his win, and we are happy to see him return for another term to join Democratic Senator Mark Warner representing Virginia in the Senate.


Anthony Flaccavento lost after waging an incredible campaign, holding his promised 100 Town Hall events, keeping the campaign positive, winning all of the debates, and making real suggestions to address the needs and hopes of people in the Ninth Congressional District. Keep talking about the issues with your neighbors, and remember that there is another election in two years!


We are grateful to Anthony for his work in this campaign, and each of us should commit to keeping the ideas and momentum going. In the Ninth we are fighting the most intractable of foes, including poverty and its related lack of access to health care, information, education, jobs, vacation and leisure time, time for civic involvement — in short, all of the things that make up full participation in democracy and the American dream. Information technology, loss of jobs in critical areas including coal, and low wages continue to present complex problems for workers and families. The ideas that Anthony proposed to address these problems won him the hearts of thoughtful and involved people, and we need to continue to focus on them. I hope that each of you who voted for Anthony will take a moment to send an e-mail or a message of gratitude on social media and let him know how much we appreciate him and value his work for us here in the Ninth.


I am sure that Anthony is enjoying his neglected farm and working hard on that, but we welcome him any time to visit with us at any of our events and will send a note to this list if we know that he is planning to stop by.


Here is our BVDC Regular Calendar for November 2018:
    • Committee Meeting NOTE CHANGE OF SCHEDULE  Thursday, November 15th: Our regular Committee Meeting at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol, VAThe change of date is due to the Courthouse being closed on Monday 12th for Veterans Day.


    • Breakfast Saturday, November 17Breakfast with Democrats, at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol, Virginia. Guests welcome. Attendees pay separately for breakfast. Invite your friends to come out and join us at breakfast!


    • State Line Social Monday, November 19: TN-VA Democratic Social at around 5:00 p.m. at the State Line Bar and Grille, 644 E. State St., Bristol, TN, 37620. Informal meeting of Democrats, Progressives, Liberals, and our political friends and cousins from both Bristols and the surrounding area.  Attendees order and pay for food and/or drinks individually.


Hope to see you in November

Calendar for January 2018

Hello, Everyone!

Again, thank you to all who attended the reorganizational caucus! We have our membership and officers for the 2018-2019 term, as listed in an earlier post. Our committee remains small, and new membership interest is still welcome.

Many thanks to Anthony Flaccavento for coming to be with us at our last regular committee meeting. We had a good turnout and a lively discussion, and there is energy behind his campaign for U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia 9th District. Make a donation or volunteer here.

Congratulations to our new Virginia team, Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax, and Mark Herring. They know that we expect great things! In addition, we elected many Democrats to the legislature this past November, which is hopeful news for Medicaid expansion in Virginia!. In May 2018 we will have an opportunity to elect local officials who will work on issues important to Bristol residents, and in November 2018 we will re-elect Tim Kaine to the U.S. Senate, and elect a Democrat to represent the Ninth District in the U.S. House of representatives.

Here are our events for January 2018:

  • Saturday January 6: Thank you to VA 9th CD Chair Deb Baum for this information. “We’re celebrating our 2017 election victories just before the events in Richmond on the 13th. Proceeds to support the election (and re-election) of Democrats in Virginia’s Fightin’ 9th CD.”
    • dress: blue jeans & ball gowns (casual to dressy)
    • Saturday, January 6, 2018 7-10 pm
    • Virginia Ballroom – The Community Center of Abingdon (300 Senior Dr NE, Abingdon, VA 24210; map, click here)
    • tickets $25/person, click here, other contribution levels appreciated (ticket includes admittance, appetizers & light fare)
    • cash bar (wine & beer)
    • flyerclick here
    • Facebookclick here
  • Monday, January 8: Committee Meeting at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol, VA.
  • Saturday, January 13: Ralph Northam Inaugural Ball in Richmond, VA. Before they sell out, click here to buy your tickets to Governor-elect Northam’s Inaugural Ball on Saturday, January 13, at 8 p.m. in Richmond! They’re going fast, so hurry! 
  • Monday, January 15: TN-VA Democratic Social at around 5:00 p.m. at the State Line Bar and Grille, 644 E. State St., Bristol, TN, 37620. This is an informal meeting of Democrats, Progressives, Liberals, and our political friends and cousins. Attendees order and pay for food and drinks individually, but the conversation is free.
  • Saturday, January 20: Breakfast with Democrats, at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol, Virginia. Good food, great conversation, no agenda, guests welcome. Attendees pay separately for breakfast.

Thank you for your responses to the Calendar e-mail! Hope to see you at one of our events in January!

Q & A on Reorganization at BVDC

Current members of the BVDC hope that local Democrats will attend the 2017 Reorganization and become members or renew their membership. We especially need new members at this time. If you are a voter in Bristol Virginia who wants to work with us, please come and take part in the Reorganization. It is at this local level that you can have the most effect in local, state, and national politics. New members will be eligible to be nominated as committee officers in January and to apply as delegates to state and national conventions where future nominees for office are elected.

Here is information on exactly what the Reorganization is and how it works:

  1. What is the Reorganization? In local Democratic committees, the Reorganization Caucus, a mass meeting where old memberships are renewed and new members are accepted, happens every two years. New officers will be elected at the next regular committee meeting, in January of the new year, or if time is available and nominations are ready, at a called meeting immediately following the Reorganization Caucus.
  2. What is special about this particular Reorganization? The new and continuing members and officers elected will serve during 2018-2019, will be on board for the presidential election year activities, and will be able to apply to represent the committee at the state and national conventions.
  3. What if I am not a Democrat? You do not have to be (or become) a member of the BVDC or any Democratic Committee to be a Democrat. In Virginia, it is impossible for you to be a registered Democrat, because voter registration is not by party affiliation. We understand you to be a Democrat if you believe as we do in human rights, economic justice, equality under the law, education, health insurance and health care, gender equality, conservation and environmental issues, and several other important issues related to how government is supposed to work for people. As the BVDC, we represent at local, regional, state, and federal all people who share our perspective in these issues who reside in our city. You don’t have to agree with us on everything, and we sometimes have lively discussions among ourselves on the issues. However, as a group, we have respect for people, data, science, history, and government that works for people. You are welcome to join, or just to visit, contribute, and work with us for these important shared goals.
  4. How can I get the details and participation form? Read, download, and submit the Participation form or attend the Caucus. Read the details here: Call to Caucus and the Participation form
  5. When is the Reorganization? It will be at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., Bristol, Virginia. The location is ADA accessible. Registration begins at 6:00 p.m. Doors will close at 6:30 p.m., but all persons standing in line to register at 6:30 will be admitted for registration.
  6. What will happen at the Reorganization? Democrats residing in Bristol Virginia will come to the meeting, fill out a registration form, introduce themselves, and be voted in as members of the BVDC. After members are elected, the agenda for the January meeting will be distributed and the Reorganization Caucus will be adjourned. You can download the Caucus Temporary Rules and Agendas. The rules and agendas are temporary, and may be amended at the caucus by the newly-elected members before becoming the permanent Rules and Agendas.
  7. Who is invited to the Reorganization? All Democrats who registered to vote in Bristol Virginia are invited and encouraged to attend. (You can register to vote at City Hall, 300 Lee St, Bristol Virginia. Go in the front door and turn left, and you will see the window of General Registrar Penny Limburg’s office. Go to the window, and someone will assist you with voter registration.)
  8. What does the BVDC do? We have regular monthly business meetings, at which voting members are expected to attend. We also have a monthly social at the State Line Bar and Grill on State Street,attended by Democrats from Tennessee and surrounding Virginia locations along with BVDC members and friends. We have a monthly breakfast at the Golden Corral in Bristol, where guests and visiting speakers are invited. We open a local headquarters during presidential election years, make phone calls to voters, distribute literature, set up a booth at Border Bash, participate in Ninth Congressional District, State, and national party events and initiatives, and work together to keep up with the issues, find people who are interested in running for elected office, and help Democrats get elected to office.
  9. How can I find out more about the BVDC? Visit our Facebook page (“Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee”), or attend Reorganization or any announced meeting, social, or breakfast, using dates available on our Calendar. You can place your name on our e-mail newsletter distribution by sending a request to

Calendar for October

October is here, and we know that November is coming! We need to be ready for Election Day on November 7th. If you cannot be present to vote in your precinct on Election Day, be sure to vote absentee at the office of the General Registrar of Voters, 300 Lee Street in Bristol, Virginia. In-person absentee voting is in progress during the regular business office hours at the Registrar’s office.

If you will be in town on Election Day, we count on you to VOTE. Also, we hope that you will be involved in our activities at the polls. We need poll workers to hand out literature and sample ballots, and as usual we will be providing rides to the polls. Join us to support our candidates in this important election! Reply to this e-mail and let us know you want to volunteer on Election Day, and we will put you in touch with our organizer for poll workers and rides to the polls.

Remember to pay attention to our candidates, look at their positions on the issues, and contribute even a small amount to let them know that you are here. The state candidates, Northam, Fairfax, and Herring, are important to keeping our health care and protecting education and workers in Virginia. Our local candidates, Cloe Eva and Joe, are talented individuals with the skills and knowledge for the tasks of the offices they seek, and are the folks we need in these important Bristol positions.

State and Local Democrats on the Nov. 7 ballot in Bristol, Virginia:

  • Ralph S. Northam for Governor of Virginia
  • Justin E. Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
  • Mark R. Herring for Attorney General of Virginia
  • Cloe Eva Barker for Bristol Commissioner of Revenue
  • Joe R. Mink for Bristol Sheriff

Our scheduled meetings in October:

  • Monday, October 9:The Committee will meet at 6:00 for dinner, with meeting to follow at 7:00, at the Shang Hai Restaurant, 711 State Street in Bristol VA. The menu will be limited, as the Shang Hai is opening on Monday just for us! So please put this on your calendar and attend. This is the last meeting before the election, so we will be taking care of last minute details.
  • Thursday, October 12: Washington County Democratic Committee Meeting at 6 p.m. atThe Southwest Virginia 4H Center, 25236 Hillman Highway, Abingdon, VA 24210. More information is on their website at
  • Monday, October 16: TN-VA Democratic Social at around 5:00 p.m. at the State Line Bar and Grille, 644 E. State St., Bristol, TN, 37620. This is an informal meeting of Democrats, Progressives, Liberals, and our political friends and cousins. Attendees order and pay for food and drinks individually, but the conversation is free.
  • Thursday, October 19: Bristol Virginia voters are invited to a Meet & Greet with Cloe Eva Barker, candidate for Bristol Virginia Commissioner of Revenue, and Joe R. Mink, candidate for Bristol Virginia Sheriff, Thursday October 19th, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Bristol Public Library, 701 Goode Street, Bristol, Virginia. These candidates will be on the ballot in the General Election November 7th in Bristol. Both candidates will present short introductions, and afterward voters may speak with them personally. Light refreshments and voter information will be available.
  • Saturday, October 21: Breakfast with Democrats, at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol, Virginia. Good food, great conversation, no agenda, guests welcome. Attendees pay separately for breakfast.

Virginia State Candidates:

  • Ralph S. Northam for Governor
  • Justin E. Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor
  • Mark R. Herring for Attorney General

Bristol Virginia Local Candidates – Be sure to attend our Meet & Greet for these local candidates, October 19th, listed above!

  • Cloe Eva Barker for Commissioner of Revenue
  • Joe R. Mink for Sheriff

Hope to see many of you in October, at the Meet & Greet, and on Election Day November 7th.

Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee Schedules Nominating Caucus

All Democrats registered to vote in Bristol, VA, are invited to attend the Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee Caucus on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse. The Caucus is for nomination of candidates for Constitutional Offices that are on the ballot for the November 7, 2017 General Election. These include Sheriff, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Treasurer, and Commissioner of the Revenue.

Each caucus participant must complete and submit a Participant registration form at the registration desk, where forms will be available. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for registration and close promptly at 7:00 p.m. Persons in line to register at 7:00 p.m. will be admitted for registration, and the Caucus will assemble when registrations are completed.

Persons seeking Democratic nomination for one of the local offices on the Nov. 7, 2017, ballot must pre-file a Candidate for Nomination form indicating the office for which nomination is requested. Candidate forms must be returned with all information and original signature by 4:00 p.m. May 17, 2017, to Carl Williams, 710 Piedmont Ave., Bristol, VA.

More information as well as Participant and Candidate for Nomination forms are available from the committee website at For more information, or to make arrangements to pick up or turn in forms, call Carl Williams, 276-591-3355.


Caucus Tomorrow

The deadline for candidate filings having passed, we have 4 candidates for the two delegate positions, and will have the Caucus tomorrow.