• In Memoriam – Dawn Michelle Lawson

    Dawn Lawson

    Dawn at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC

    Ms. Dawn Michelle Lawson, 49, of Springfield, VA, formerly of Hamlet, NC, passed away Thursday, February 7, 2013. Arrangements with Nelson Funeral Service, Hamlet, NC. Dawn was a longtime active member of the Virginia 11th Congressional District Democratic Committee and the Democratic Party of Virginia Central Committee, as well as the Democratic Black Caucus of Virginia, her church, and her sorority.

    Memorial Service: Thursday, February 14, at 11 am. Antioch Baptist Church (6531 Little Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039;  map, click here). Dawn’s  family is taking calls at her resident address: 8826 Surveyors Place, Springfield, VA 22152; (703) 912-6632. Cards should be sent to Dawn’s mother, Mrs. Mildred Lawson at 274 Old Gibson Road, Hamlet, NC 28345. Continue Reading

  • Upcoming 11th CD Convention

    Greetings Delegates and Alternates to the Democratic Party of Virginia’s 11th Congressional District Democratic Convention:

    The 11th CD Committee looks forward to your participation in the 11th CD Convention, scheduled for May 19 at 10 am at Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church (Merrifield).  Entrance to the convention is on the right side in the rear of the school.

    We encourage all delegates and alternates to arrive at the school early, preferably by 9:15 am, so we can get the credentialing and caucusing processes done prior to the opening of the convention.

    You can access the convention call and last minute information at the 11th CD Committee website:   http://11thdistrictdemocrats.org/ and feel free to email or call me if you have any unanswered questions. Continue Reading

  • 11th CD 2012 Convention Call


      2012 11th CD Convention Call
      DPVA 2012 Filing Form for National Delegate or Alternate
      DPVA 2012 Presidential Elector Filing Form

    1. Call. Pursuant to the authority provided by the Virginia Democratic Party Plan (“Party Plan”), the 11th Congressional District Convention will convene at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at the Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church, Virginia 22042.

    2. Incorporated Documents. All appropriate provisions of the Virginia Democratic Party Plan, the Delegate Selection Plan for the 2012 Democratic National Convention Plan, and the Call to the 2012 Virginia State Democratic Convention are incorporated into this Call by reference and made a part hereof.

    3. Purpose. The purpose of the 11th Congressional District Convention shall be:

    A. To select seven (7) delegates and one (1) alternate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention;
    B. To nominate three (3) members each to the permanent Credentials and Rules Committees of the State Convention;
    C. To select a presidential elector representing the 11th Congressional District in the 2012 general presidential election;
    D. To consider resolutions;
    E. To conduct such other business as may properly come before the Convention. Continue Reading

  • 11th CD 2012 Annual Awards Brunch

    The Virginia 11th Congressional District Democratic Committee invites you to our Annual Awards Brunch honoring some good Democrats.

    Sunday, February 26, 2012   11:00 am – 1:00 pm

    Vespucci Restaurant (10579 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030; map, click here). Additional parking is available in the business lot next door on the left side (east) of Vespucci’s.

    John Sturdivant Award, honoring a member of the labor community for his/her commitment to Democratic ideals and values.

    11th CD Community Service Awards, honoring three Democrats from the respective jurisdictions of the 11th Congressional District (Fairfax County, Fairfax City, and Prince William County) for community service:

    • The Joseph V. Gartlan Award, Fairfax County – Linda Byrne,
    • The Deloris Hampton Award, Prince William County – Fred Parish, and
    • The Frederick W. Silverthorne Award, Fairfax City – TBA.

    Questions, more Info contact George Burke, Chair (chair@11thDistrictDemocrats.org).

  • DPVA Weekly Top 5 for June 21, 2011

    • Allen was against ethanol before he was for it before he was against it
      Senate candidate George Allen has never met a poll-driven position he couldn’t find a way to take, even if he held the exact opposition position not too long ago. This time he’s jumped on the “cut ethanol subsidies” bandwagon, despite having supported them when he was President, and opposed them before that.  To read more about George Allen’s “flip, flop, flip,” on ethanol, click here.
    • The Obama campaign gears up for 2012
      We’ve got critically important legislative races this year, but it is great to see that President Obama’s re-election campaign is already getting ready to win Virginia again next year. To read more about the President’s re-election bid in Virginia, click here.
    • Connolly stands up to Republican censorship
      Rep. Gerry Connolly took to the House floor last week to decry Republican attempts to censor Democratic franked mail pieces that accurately describe Paul Ryan’s budget plan as a proposal to end Medicare as we know it.  To read more about Rep. Connolly’s fight against Republican censorship click here.
    • Jamie Radtke calls the 2012 Republican primary a ‘referendum’ on the party’s soul
      The Republican primary for the 2012 Senate race is heating up as Jamie Radtke continues to make the case that George Allen isn’t nearly right-wing enough for today’s Republican party. Unfortunately, she forgets that George Allen is not particularly fixed to any particular ideological position and can easily get more or less conservative if the need arises. To read more about Jamie Radtke’s uphill climb against George Allen click here.
    • Cuccinelli advises churches on legal ways to campaign
      Some Virginians somewhere (probably not on this mailing list) may have thought when they voted for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli that they were choosing a new state lawyer to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves, keep the public safe and in general work diligently on behalf of his client, the people of Virginia. One wonders how they feel about him traveling around to religious conferences offering legal instructions to churches on how they can influence elections without threatening their nonprofit tax status. To read more about Ken Cuccinelli’s political playbook for churches, click here.