Bristol VA Democrats News and Notes for June, 2019

In our June newsletter we have our usual information, but don’t miss these special announcements:

  • Bristol City Councilman Neal Osborne will be on our agenda Monday June 10th at our regular committee meeting, 7:00 at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse. 
  • Under “Events to Remember” friend of the Committee Bill Bunch of Tazewell has invited us to attend/participate in the Inaugural Juneteenth Celebration at the Tazewell Fairground.
  • Note that polls will be open on Tuesday June 11th for the Republican Primary.

News from our May meeting: 

  • Chairman Carl Williams distributed information on current officeholders and a calendar of upcoming elections.
  • I spoke about reading the Mueller Report, which can be downloaded free as a .pdf, or purchased as a paperback or an audiobook. The best search terms to find the Report are “Mueller Report download free” for the .pdf, “Mueller Report book” for the paperback, and “Mueller Report audiobook” for the audiobook. Read the item description carefully to be sure that you are getting the actual Mueller Report, not a book about the Report. If you have trouble finding a link, respond to the newsletter and I will send you a link.

Events to remember: 

  • GOP Primary Tuesday, June 11. Polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the day of the primary. A low turnout is expected, but all precincts will be open as usual. Absentee voting for the Primary is now in progress 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the office of Penny Limburg, Director of Elections and General Registrar of Voters, at City Hall, 300 Lee Street, Bristol Virginia.
  • Inaugural Juneteenth Celebration in Tazewell, June 19th, 2019. This is a community gathering to celebrate June 19 and all the freedoms that have ensued from that date. Free camping Tuesday evening to Thursday morning at the Tazewell County Fairgrounds. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Friend of the Committee, Bill Bunch, who is Co-Chair of Tazewell Independent Neighbors sent us this invitation. Please try to attend or send representatives from your Committee. There will be a Black History Quiz and an Essay Contest. Bill’s group needs to raise $2,000.00 to pay the Middle School, High School, and Undergraduate prizes awarded to winners in these contests. Donations will be much appreciated. Check the Facebook page “Tazewell Independent Neighbors” for event details and more information.

Here is our Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee (BVDC) Regular Calendar for June 2019: 

  • Committee Meeting, Monday, June 10th, at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol, VA. City Councilman Neal Osborne will be with us, and we look forward to hearing from him. Democrats registered to vote in Bristol Virginia are represented by the committee, and are encouraged to attend and become involved in committee activities.
  • Breakfast with Democrats, Saturday, June 15th, at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol, VA. Guests are welcome. Attendees pay individually for breakfast. Come and join us for coffee and conversation!
  • TN-VA State Line Social, Monday, June 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 meeting. Attendees order and pay individually. Progressives, Liberals, and our political friends and cousins from both Bristols and the surrounding area are invited.

Hope to see you in June! 

October calendar reminders and additions

Thank you to the folks who came out to Shanghai Restaurant in Bristol for our October meeting, and to the wonderful friends at Shanghai ( ) who took such great care of us in October!


Be sure to remember the TN-VA Social this evening, Oct. 16, at 5:00 at the State Line, and Breakfast with Democrats at Golden Corral this Saturday, Oct. 21 at 9:00 a.m. The Newsletter with more information is on the web page, through the link in the signature below.

Please attend the Meet and Greet for our local candidates, Cloe Eva Barker for Commissioner of Revenue, and Joe Mink for Bristol Sheriff. This will be Thursday the 19th at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Bristol Public Library. There will be cookies and tea, and an opportunity to hear from and speak with the candidates about the needs of Bristol that they want to serve.

The Fish Fry – Advance tickets are required for this Sullivan County Democratic Committee fundraiser, and funds will go to elect Tennessee Democrats. The Fish Fry will take place at Warriors’ Path State Park, Saturday, Oct. 28th  at 4:00 p.m., and will be catered by PRATT’S BAR-B-QUE. Ticket price is $25.00. To get your tickets, call Jean Lusardi, 423-989-3953 by Thursday, Oct. 19.  Warriors’ Path State Park is located at 490 Hemlock Rd., Kingsport TN.

Thank you for all that you do for Democrats and for the community, and for being interested in our newsletter!

Calendar for September

Happy September!
Note on Absentee voting: Absentee voting in Virginia for the November 7th General Election will begin September 22. Check your calendar, and if you will be unable to get to the polls on November 7th for any reason, contact the Registrar’s Office about absentee voting. If you have questions about absentee voting, reply to this e-mail and I will help you find answers.
Note on health care: Now is a good time to be looking carefully at U.S. healthcare, from economic and humanitarian viewpoints. Republicans failed to repeal and replace Obamacare because it is the best health insurance program we have seen — but there is growing awareness of problems that exist with Obamacare, particularly its inability to stem the rising cost of private health insurance and prescription drugs. Currently a much larger percentage of people have health insurance, but many remain in the gap produced by the failure of states to expand Medicaid, as in Virginia and Tennessee. Keep yourself informed on health care, and see how details of the proposed bills would affect you and your friends and family. Here are suggestions for places to start informing yourself on the health care issue:
  • In August NPR reported that Senator Bernie Sanders plans to introduce a bill for Medicare for All in the Senate in September. Senator Kamala Harris, D-California, has joined as a co-sponsor.
  • In the House of Representatives, a well-defined bill for Medicare for All (HR676) was introduced January 24th by Rep. John Conyers, Jr, D-MI, and referred to House committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Natural Resources. On February 10th, the bill was also referred to the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs. This bill currently has 117 cosponsors in the House.
  • More facts and statistics in support of single payer are visible on Facebook and Twitter, and the topic is in the news. Search for Medicare for All, Single Payer Health Insurance, etc. on line to find articles in major and trusted sources.
  • Look for local presentations on the topic.

State Democrats on the Nov. 7 ballot in Virginia:

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

Local Democrats on the Nov. 7 ballot in Bristol VA: 

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

Our scheduled meetings in September, with a December reminder:

  • Monday, September 11: BVDC Committee Meeting at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., in Bristol, VA. 
  • Thursday, September 14: Washington County Democratic Committee Meeting at 6 p.m. at The Southwest Virginia 4H Center, 25236 Hillman Highway, Abingdon, VA 24210. Links to FB and contact information is on their website at
  • Friday, September 15: time and location to be announced, Tim Kaine Breakfast in Abingdon. This is not a fundraiser, but an opportunity to meet Senator Kaine.
  • Saturday, September 16:  at 9:00 a.m. at the Golden Corral, Exit 7 in Bristol. Good conversation, no agenda. Attendees pay separately for breakfast.
  • Monday, September 18: TN-VA Democratic Social at around 5:00 p.m. Due to the Rhythm & Roots Reunion in town Friday-Sunday, a lot of Bristol’s restaurants, including the State Line, will be closed on Monday, Sept. 18. MACADO’ S will be open. and we will meet there. Hope to see Democrats, Liberals, Progressives, etc., at this informal monthly gathering. Whether you are a member of any party or none, drop in sometime around 5. It’s okay to come late, but we are usually heading for home around 7.
  • Coming in December, time and date to be announced: We will be electing new members and new officers in the Bristol Virginia Democratic Committee. Bristol VA voters who are Democrats, along with like-minded Bristol VA voters, are invited to apply for membership. Come to any of our meetings to socialize and/or get information about membership, committee activities, or issues of the day. Remember that the committee represents you, and the committee is composed of those willing to join together to seek and support candidates for public office.
Hope to see many of you in September!

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.

Please read the Call to Caucus carefully so that your registration and filing are accurate and on time.

Please read the Call to Caucus carefully so that your registration and filing are accurate and on time. Here are the registration and pre-filing highlights, but read the Call at 2017BVDCCall_Delegates_to9th for complete information!

  • Both forms may be downloaded, but must bear an original signature to be valid.
  • The Participant form, 2017participant_9th can be filled out at the Caucus. If you want to complete it and e-mail it early, I will print it and have it at the Registration table for you to sign. It is not valid without an original signature!
  • The Candidate form, 2017candidate_9th has a deadline at 4:00 on the day before the Caucus, and must be received according to the instructions in the Call, 2017BVDCCall_Delegates_to9th. You have to complete and pre-file this form to have your name on the ballot as a candidate for Delegate to the Ninth District Convention.

Call to Caucus

Democrats registered to vote in Bristol, VA, are invited to caucus at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27th, 2017, at the Bristol Virginia Courthouse, 497 Cumberland St., Bristol, VA. At the Caucus, we will elect two (2) delegates to the 2017 Reorganization Convention of the Ninth Congressional District Democratic Committee, currently scheduled for May 20th, 2017.

Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Doors will close at 7:00 p.m., and persons in line to register at 7:00 p.m. will be admitted for registration. The Caucus will begin when registrations are completed.

Only those present and registered at the caucus will be permitted to vote in the selection of delegates.

If you want to be a delegate, you must pre-file a candidate application. Delegates will be chosen by secret ballot from those who have pre-filed an Application for Election as Delegate to 2017 Reorganization Convention of the Ninth Congressional District Democratic Committee. This application form can be viewed/saved as a .pdf file under the Call to Caucus tab on the menu above. Completed Applications must be returned with all information and original signature according to the instructions in the Call to Caucus, with a submission deadline of 4:00 p.m. April 26th, the day before the Caucus.

This Caucus will be cancelled if the number of pre-filed candidates is equal to two (2) at the submission deadline, and the two candidates will be declared Delegates.