Presidential Election Year Membership Notice

If you are a Democrat residing in and registered to vote in Bristol Virginia, the Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee invites you to join and participate during this exciting presidential election year.

There will be lots of work to do, including campaigning for our nominee for President and for other offices. Attend one of our regular meetings to introduce yourself and request membership. Members can be voted in at any regular meeting.

Mayor Brillhart appointed to McAuliffe Administration

Congratulations to Bristol Virginia Mayor Catherine D. Brillhart upon her appointment by Governor Terry McAuliffe as a member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Tourism Authority. Mayor Brillhart will join other appointees of McAuliffe’s administration, focused on finding common ground with members of both parties on issues that will build a new Virginia economy and create more jobs across the Commonwealth.

Congratulations, Catherine!

Inauguration Day 2014

Congratulations to Terry McAuliffe, Ralph Northam, and Mark Herring, sworn in today as Virginia’s Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General!

Update: This story on the DPVA website – The inaugural speech and Video of the festivities are available through the link.

Virginia Dems File Suit to Stop Conflict-of-Interest Voter Purge

Brian Coy
October 2, 2013

Today the Democratic Party of Virginia released a complaint filed in federal court asking a judge to stop a plan by the Virginia State Board of Elections, in coordination with Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli – who has a blatant conflict of interest in providing legal advice to the Board while serving as a candidate for governor – to purge 57,000 voters from the Virginia rolls.

Cuccinelli is the official legal adviser to the State Board, which has sought to eliminate voters that it says are listed as registered in multiple states. However, questions persist as to the accuracy of the lists provided and Cuccinelli’s conflict of interest in the matter raises serious questions about whether the planned purge would be carried out impartially.

In guidance to the local officials charged with carrying out the voter purge, the State Board urges those officials to “use your best judgment,” raising the real possibility of broad variance between different localities in terms of how individuals would be purged from the roles, which would violate Virginians’ right to equal protection under the law as protected by the 14th amendment.

“Ken Cuccinelli’s refusal to resign his office as he runs for Governor continues to damage Virginians’ confidence that this upcoming election will be conducted fairly and impartially,” said DPVA Chair Charniele Herring. “For him to be a candidate on the ballot and the adviser to a dubious effort to take voting rights away from 57,000 Virginians is an inexcusable conflict of interest that’s become all too common for the Attorney General.

“Today’s lawsuit is an effort to stop this questionable act until Virginians can be assured that it is conducted impartially and with proper consideration for the sacred voting rights of thousands of people across this Commonwealth.”

To view a copy of the formal complaint click here.

Ralph Northam on This Week in Richmond

Important comments on the job of Lt. Governor – Medicaid Expansion, transportation, education and all of the important issues before Virginia in the coming years:

Cancelled: Delegate Selection Caucus

Update: The number of filings being equal to the number of delegates needed, the caucus is cancelled as provided in the call and the persons who filed are declared the Delegates and Alternates to the Convention.


Whereas The Ninth Congressional District of Virginia has issued a Call to Convention for the purposes of electing twenty Democratic State Central Committee members, considering resolutions, and conducting such other business as may properly come before the convention, which will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2013, at the Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center, Ratliff Hall Meeting Facility, 25236 Hillman Highway, Abingdon, Virginia, with registration starting at 9:00 a.m.; and
Whereas Bristol, Virginia, is entitled to representation at the Convention:

The Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee will hold an assembled caucus beginning at 7:00 p.m. on May 6, 2013 at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland Street, Bristol, VA for the purpose of electing 3 delegates and 2 alternates to the Ninth Congressional District Convention. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and close promptly at 7:00 p.m., and no person may complete a form or enter the caucus after 7:00 p.m. with the exception of those persons in line to register at 7:00 p.m.

    Any person attending the caucus, before participating in the caucus, shall sign a standardized declaration form. The declaration form must be filled out at the caucus location prior to voting, and includes an affirmation that the person:

  • is a resident of Bristol Virginia and registered to vote in Bristol Virginia;
  • does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to the Democratic nominee in the next ensuing general election;
  • is a Democrat;
  • is not a member of any other political party; and
  • has not participated in and will not participate in the nominating process of any other political party for the 2013 general election.

Any person seeking election as a delegate or alternate to the Ninth Congressional District Convention must pre-file a Delegate/Alternate Pre-filing Form with Sarah Williams, Chair of the Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee, prior to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 2, 2013. No late forms will be accepted, and no person who has failed to comply with any pre-filing requirement may be considered for nomination. Pre-filing forms are available from Sarah Williams, and may be completed and filed during the turn-in hours of 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 710 Piedmont Avenue in Bristol, VA, or earlier by appointment.

Should the exact number of persons to be elected as delegates and alternates pre-file for the Bristol delegate and alternate positions, those individuals will be declared delegates and alternates, and the Chair may cancel the caucus. For further information or to turn in pre-filing forms, please contact Sarah Williams at 276-591-3355 or 423-366-9968.

Authorized by the Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee, April 22, 2013