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The Patrick County Democratic Committee will hold its reorganization meeting on Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. in the Patrick County Branch Library in Stuart. All local Democratic committees are required by the Democratic Party of Virginia to elect a new committee every two years, within a one-month window from early December to early January of the following year.

If you wish to be a member of the Patrick County Democratic Committee, attend the Jan. 11 meeting.  If unable to attend, it is possible to be added to the committee at a later date by vote of the new committee, but it is best to be present at the reorganization meeting.

Following the short reorganization meeting, the new committee will convene to elect officers for 2020-21, according to a release.

The General Assembly, now with Democratic majorities in both the House of Delegates and Senate, will convene in Richmond in January for a session that should see progressive legislation in a number of important areas, including ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, passing a budget that should include significant funding increases for education, and considering a number of commonsense measures to deal with gun violence, the release stated.

In Presidential politics, the Virginia Democratic Presidential Primary will take place on Super Tuesday, March 3, and should play an important role in determining the Democratic nominee for President, the release stated.

This will set the stage for the campaign for the General Election in November, which will include incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Warner’s bid for re-election and most likely, a Democratic challenger to incumbent 9th District U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith, according to the release.

Anyone registered to vote in Patrick County may take part in the caucus and become a member of the Committee. However, all participants will be asked to sign a form stating that he or she is a Democrat and does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to the Democratic nominee in the next general election.

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