With Donald Trump’s inauguration the next day, Northumberland County’s Democratic Committee wasn’t in the most jubilant of moods Thursday night. Even so, the people to offer for the posts. He handed out the voting lists from the district and asked if the committee was able to conduct its business and hear its speakers without disruption. In fact, its members were already thinking ahead to the next elections.
The committee gave incumbent District 3 supervisor, Jim Long, its nomination for re-election in November. It also endorsed incumbent Gerald Howard for re-election to the county school board from District 3. School Board candidates are not permitted to run as party nominees, so the Democrats’ endorsement amounted to simply a vote of approval, not a nomination.
Chairman Frank Kober noted that the supervisor seat and school board positions in District 2 will also be up for election in the fall.
Incumbents Richard Haynie and Dean Sumner have not announced whether they will run again, but Kober wanted the Democrats to start looking for people who might run with the committee’s endorsement. He passed out the list of District 2 voters and asked the committee to peruse it to see if any names jumped out as possible candidates.
Kober also circulated a petition to put Justin Fairfax on the ballot as a candidate for lieutenant governor. Fairfax, a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, ran for the Democratic nomination for attorney general in 2013, losing to Mark Herring by less than 5000 votes. Kober pointed out that signing the petition only helped Fairfax get on the ballot. It did not commit the signers to support him.
Committeeman Dick Saxer announced that he and others would be joining the Environmental Impact Association for a talk with Congressman Rob Wittman at Wittman’s Tappahannock office at noon Jan. 30. Others are welcome to come, he noted.
Following the committee’s custom of having usually non-political speakers at its meetings, Kober gave the floor to David Cariens and other members of the Virginia Writers Group to talk about their organization and to show copies of the organizations first published journal of writings and poems.
Cariens noted that the group’s purpose is to encourage people to write and provide classes that help them do it well. The group schedules two classes a month. The next will be “Editing, not Correcting” at the Kilmarnock Library Jan. 28 from 1 until