Welcome to the May 2014 and pre-primary (June 10) edition of The Alexandria Democrat


Jefferson-Jackson Dinner Gala Honors Congressman James P. Moran

May 9; what a night it was at the Westin Alexandria as more than 300 Democrats came out to honor Congressman Jim Moran.  They came in record numbers to express their admiration, respect, gratitude, and love for the man who has served the 8th Congressional District for 24 years, and before that, served the City of Alexandria as Mayor, and, as Alexandria City Council member.

Attendees also took advantage of the evening’s festivities to bid on many historic items during the silent auction period.  Many astute bidders took home treasures to add to their political memorabilia collections as well as other items of interest and beauty.

So many people remembered their time working with Jim Moran.  It was a fest of great stories, some made us laugh, some had us marveling again at the tenacity of the man and his willingness to take a stand on some difficult, controversial issues.

We have featured many of the colleagues, friends, family members in a gallery of pictures from the evening, plus a few pictures from the silent auction.  Please take a few moments to look through them – you’ll be glad you did.

Twenty Years and a Life-Long Commitment

These two people won awards for long-term commitment to the Alexandria Democratic Committee and Democratic principles:

– Mary Lyman, the ADC Secretary for the past 20 years, was recognized for her service and commitment.  And what a commitment it is; 20 years of keeping notes during the ADC meetings and then publishing them each and every month for the monthly meeting.

– The Honorable Richard R.G. (Dick) Hobson was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award, which reads in part:

“The Honorable Richard R. G. Hobson has served the Democratic Party, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the City of Alexandria, and his neighborhood, Seminary Hill, with distinction.

Dick Hobson attended MacArthur Elementary School and George Washington High School, and graduated from Episcopal High School. He attended Princeton on a Navy ROTC scholarship, graduated magna cum laude, and then served as an officer in the U.S. Navy before attending and graduating from Harvard Law School. By 1964, Dick had moved back to Alexandria and soon joined the Alexandria Democratic Committee.

Dick Hobson entered politics in an era characterized by turmoil and conflict as Virginia, Alexandria and the Democratic Party wrestled with civil rights issues. In 1976 Dick was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, where he served two terms. He was a leader among the progressive Democrats in Alexandria and Richmond, moving the party forward on civil rights and fighting the segregationists.

In Alexandria, Dick has been a hardworking and loyal member of the Alexandria Democratic Committee for nigh five decades. He served as chair of the ADC, chair and member of the Eighth Congressional District Democratic Committee, and member of the Democratic State Central Committee. As chair of the ADC’s Resolutions Committee, Dick guided many a resolution to passage. As precinct committeeman for the MacArthur Precinct, he became known as Mr. Democrat in the MacArthur neighborhood. In rain, sleet, and biting cold, every election day Dick was standing outside his elementary school, greeting his friends and neighbors, and urging a vote for his Democrats.”

(There’s more.  You can read the entire proclamation by CLICKING HERE).

Congratulations to Mary Lyman and to Dick Hobson on receiving these well-earned accolades.

Mary Lyman with Congressman Moran                 Dick Hobson and wife, Kay,with Congressman Moran

Mary Lyman and Cong. Moran

                        Hon. Richard Hobson and wife,Kay



“Resolution to ‘Ban the Box'” : A Plan to Improve Employment Opportunities for Ex-Offenders in Virginia

The Criminal Justice Reform Working Group of the ADC Resolutions Committee agreed to bring the resolution for a “Plan to improve employment opportunities for ex-offenders in Virginia” to the full Alexandria Democratic Committee for a vote.

 The resolution encourages the Alexandria Democratic Committee to engage in a “Ban the Box” campaign to encourage the removal of all questions about prior convictions and arrests from all Virginia state and municipal government employment applications through a variety of methods.

There have been many studies undertaken and some actions taken by people and organizations to give ex-offenders a chance at employment without having to start out checking a box that asks about past criminal convictions.

Some of those who have taken action thus far are:

  1. The Alexandria Economic Opportunities Commission, who provided much of the background research for this resolution and inspired the Resolutions Committee into action;
  2. Alexandria City Manager Rashad M. Young, who on March 19, 2014, took action directing the City of Alexandria Human Resources Department to remove all questions regarding an applicant’s criminal background prior to a conditional offer of employment; and
  3. Virginia Delegate Rob Krupicka and State Senator Donald McEachin who have both proposed legislation that would remove questions of convictions from most state employment applications.

Employment helps the ex-offender become a contributing member of society and saves a community the cost of housing the ex-offender in prison or jail. Clear links have been established between offender re-entry, employment, and recidivism.

Read more about “Ban the Box” in the Summary (CLICK HERE).

Calling all Precinct Captains and Deputy Precinct Captains

The place to be on Saturday morning, June 14, 2014, from 9:00 to Noon (coffee is served beginning at 8:30) is: The first floor meeting room of the Alexandria Police Headquarters building at 3600 Wheeler Ave. (just off Duke Street and Quaker Lane). 

Laurie MacNamara and Larry Benenson, Vice Chairs for Precinct Operations East and West, — 27 precincts total — have put together an agenda for our meeting that will allow for meeting, greeting, sharing ideas, getting to know one another, and answering burning questions such as: What do Precinct Captains and Deputies do? What innovations could we do? How many years will it take before we know every Democrat in the precinct?  How do I best support candidates? How do I best support the ADC?

Speaking of supporting the ADC, please know that precinct captains are being asked to “staff” the precinct on June 10, primary election day, at least in peak times – early morning, lunch time and from 5-7 pm in the evening. Precinct recruitment ideas that worked and issues that didn’t will be shared at the June 14 meeting.

Contact Laurie at lmacnam@aol.com or Larry at lbenenso@hotmail.com if you have questions or comments before the meeting.

Facts to Know about Absentee Voting

Visit www.alexandriava.gov/Elections and click on “Absentee Voting,” or call 703.746.4050.

– You can vote absentee in person at the Office of Voter Registrations and Elections, 132 N. Royal St. #100, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m (closed Monday, May 26, Memorial Day)

– You can vote absentee in person at these extended hours: Weekdays: May 28, 29, June 2, 3 – from 8am to 7:30pm.  Saturdays: May 31 and June 7 – 8am to 5:00pm.

If you want to vote absentee by mail, the deadline to apply for a ballot is June 3.  Click on the website, www.alexandriava.gov/Elections, or call 703-746-4050 to get more information.

Here are the seven people seeking the Democratic nomination for House of Representatives, in ballot order:

Donald S. Beyer, Jr.

Lavern J. Chatman

Mark H. Levine

Patrick A. Hope

Adam P. Ebbin

William D. “Bill” Euille

Derek S. Hyra

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