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An Open Letter to the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors

Dear Chairman Holland and Members of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors:

The Chesterfield County Democratic Committee is extremely disappointed with the lack of transparency in the process of developing the new magisterial district maps. The presentation provided at the September 22nd Board meeting fails to provide sufficient  justification for the proposed changes to the maps as drafted.  

The lack of transparency in the mapping process, and the fact that the maps appear to only benefit incumbency, calls into question the integrity of that process. The process may comply with the county’s weak rules of procedure, but it certainly is not consistent with bedrock democratic principles.  

The political nature of these maps is further aggravated by the apparent “packing” of significantly minority communities into the Dale District from Midlothian and Clover Hill, thereby diluting the voting strength of minority voters. When one of our members sought demographic data that clearly was reviewed in the preparation of these maps, as is evident in the Powerpoint and Mr. Mincks’ presentation on September 22nd, he was told those records do not exist.That does not seem possible. 

Given these deficiencies with the redistricting process and the resulting maps, the Chesterfield County Democratic Committee calls on the Board of Supervisors to restart the redistricting process with an in-person public meeting, where questions can be asked and answered. That process should include a thoughtful discussion with interested stakeholders regarding racial demographics in the mapping process. 

The county is obligated to adopt new maps by the end of 2021. With regular board meetings scheduled for November and December, there is no justification for adopting these maps at the Board’s October 27th meeting.  As noted above, we call on the board to restart the redistricting process, taking the time to ensure transparency and a meaningful community discussion in the drafting of the new maps consistent with the 2020 census data and principles of good governance.

Sincerely,

Sara Gaborik, Chair

Chesterfield County Democratic Committee

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UPCOMING EVENTS

October 5, 2021
CCDC Full Committee Meeting

Please join us for our next Full Committee Meeting on Tuesday, October 5th. We can’t wait to see you in person, but in the mean time we’ll continue to gather virtually to keep everyone safe. Social at 6:30 pm followed by the meeting at 7:00 pm. If you would like time on the agenda, please contact Sara Gaborik at ccdc.chair.dem@gmail.com.

October 23, 2021
Chesterfield Champions Fall Fling

Please join us on Saturday, October 23rd at 7:00 pm for this outdoor, vaccinated event as we honor two amazing individuals:

  • Jennifer McClellan, our 2021 Champion
  • Thomas Francis, the first winner of his namesake award for outstanding contribution to the Chesterfield County Democratic Committee

We will have great food, fun, s’mores, beer, and wine for purchase to raise money to keep Virginia Blue. Consider sponsoring this fun event! Click below to see all the opportunities to support CCDC. All proceeds go to electing Dems!

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November Full Committee Meeting – November 1st
Snowflake Soiree – December 4th

Other Events


In addition to CCDC events, there are a number of other events of interest. Please see the 
events calendar for details.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

September 22, 2021
Early Voting Information 

  • In-person absentee/early voting begins Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at the Registrar’s Office 9848 Lori Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832.
    • Voting hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 23 and Oct. 30, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 24, noon – 4 p.m.
  • In-person absentee/early voting begins Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, at the County Libraries listed below:
    • Voting hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 23 and Oct. 30, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
      • Clover Hill Library, 6701 Deer Run Drive, Midlothian, VA 23112
      • Ettrick-Matoaca Library, 4501 River Road, South Chesterfield, VA 23803
      • LaPrade Library, 9000 Hull Street Rd, North Chesterfield, 23236
      • Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd, North Chesterfield, VA 23234
      • North Courthouse Road Library, 325 Courthouse Road, North Chesterfield, VA 23236
  • Last day to apply for a vote by mail absentee ballot is Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. Request must be received at the Registrar’s Office by 5 p.m.
  • Last day to vote in-person absentee/early vote is Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021
  • Last day to return a vote by mail absentee ballot is Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 by 7 p.m. Ballot must be returned to the Office of the General Registrar or the polling location

 

September 22, 2020
Protect the Vote!

It’s up to us to help ensure a fair election!

Before, during, and after elections, the DPVA Voter Protection Team needs volunteer help. Some volunteer opportunities can be done from the comfort of your own home. Listed on their website are all of the opportunities available during the 2020 Election cycle. For more information or to join the Voter Protection Team, click the button below or contact:

Regional Voter Protection, Director, Central VA (CD 1, 4, 7)
(301) 641-5915
michele.altemus@2020victory.com

May 14, 2020
Apply to be an Officer of Election in Chesterfield

Help make voting safer for your neighbors.

If you are interested in applying to be an Officer of Election to work INSIDE a polling place at the November 3, 2020 election, please fill out the Officer of Election Interest Form, and the Registrar’s team will be in touch with you to schedule training. Our Registrar could really use the help right now during the COVID-19 crisis as a lot of the current volunteers are members of high-risk groups and should not be in contact with the public at this level. There WILL be precautions taken – distancing practices, gloves, masks, etc. If you have any questions, send 1st Vice Chair Becky Conner an email at ccdc.beckyc@gmail.com

February 5, 2020
Congratulations to our new CCDC Magisterial Chairs!

Magisterial Chairs were elected at the February 2020 meeting.


BERMUDA

Lea Ane Beaver

Diane Meyer


CLOVER HILL

Gopal Bhagavatula

Tara Corallino

Cynthia Losen

Joanne Sweeney

Bertha Washington


DALE

Jessica Anderson

Glen Besa

Tyla Matteson

Stacy Sallerson


MATOACA

Christie Harrell

Amy Towne


MIDLOTHIAN

Kristen Calleja

Christy Omarzai

Claire Yarbrough 

January 6, 2020
Congratulations to our new CCDC Officers!

Officers were elected at the January 2020 meeting.


Chair:
Sara Gaborik


1st Vice Chair:
Becky Stuart Conner


2nd Vice Chair:
Kristi Glass


3rd Vice Chair:
Lynette Clements


Secretary:
Dominique Chatters


Treasurer:
Michael Jackson