Our old friend, Jeff Schapiro, takes aim and unloads this week on every potential Democratic candidate for Governor in 2009. He has identified the main problems with a few of them, but I think he is totally wrong on a few, too.
This would, however, be a good time to mention some recent and upcoming events in Dickenson County.
Our local campaigns are in full swing. Dickenson has five Supervisors and all of them are on the ballot this year. Four of the five incumbents are either not seeking re-election (1) or failed to get their respective party’s nomination (3). Thus, creating four open seats.
Of the five Constitutional offices, two are being vacated by retirements. The other three incumbents (two Democrats and one Republican) are seeking re-election.
There has been a lot of talk about a potential “Sweep” (i.e., all ten races) in Democratic circles. As always, it will come down to whether or not we can get our voters out in large margins.
That leads us back to the aforementioned events. We have already had several well-attended events. One in particular, our Annual Fish Fry, was last week and we had a record attendance, somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 people. Congressman Boucher, as always, joined us for this annual event and had his office to help us. Also attending were State Senator Phillip Puckett and Delegate Bud Phillips.
Our next big event(s) will be Saturday, September 29, 2007, in Clintwood. This will be a busy day in town, as the Ralph Stanley Museum Mountain Music Festival will also be taking place and filling the streets.
We are going to kick-off the day with a gravy & biscuit breakfast at 9:00 AM, hosted by Clintwood District Supervisor candidate, Donnie Rife. We are also very fortunate to have a special guest, Chairman of Virginia’s House Democratic Caucus, Brian Moran, joining us for breakfast.
After folks enjoy some of the great Mountain Music around town, we are inviting everyone back down for a delicious lunch at 3:00 PM, hosted by Circuit Court Clerk candidate, Richard Edwards.
Both the breakfast at 9:00 AM, and the lunch at 3:00 PM, are free events and will be held at the Dickenson County Democratic Headquarters building, which is located directly across the street from the Courthouse.