CDC General Meeting
May 10, 2018, 7 PM
Riverwalk Community Center

Citizen participation is “at the heart of democratic theory and at the heart of the democratic political formula in the United States.” 
Alexis de Tocqueville

7:00 PM    
Set Up, Meet and Greet
Check in for Name Tag and Voting Card Refreshments

7:30 PM    
Call to Order
Election of New Members
Call for Additional Agenda Items


Officer Reports
First Vice Chair
Second Vice Chair  
Financial Secretary
Sergeant at Arms
Chief Information Officer

Standing Committees
Precinct and Burroughs    
Public Affairs (Outreach/Candidate
Recruitment and Development)

Unfinished Business

Ideas for New Location for CDC Meetings

After Election (May 2018) Report


New Business

Moving Local Elections to November


November Election

- Coordinated Campaign

- Poll Workers

Second Saturday CDC Breakfast -

- Saturday, May 12, 8:30 - 10:30 AM

Greenbrier Country Club

- Saturday, June 9, 8:30 - 10:30 AM
Location TBA




8:45 PM


Refreshments and Conversation- Please return a chair to rack. The room must be cleared and vacated by 9 PM. Thanks in advance for your help.


9:00 PM

Room Closed

Next Meeting - Wednesday, June 13, 2018 6-8 PM
No meeting in July. Look for date of CDC Picnic in July. 

August General Meeting, Wednesday, August 8, 2018 6-8 PM



Please print a copy for your reference at the Meeting. The CDC will not be providing copies.


General Meeting Minutes are on the next page.
The Minutes of the April 12, 2018 General Meeting were also distributed via CDC Alert on April 19, 2018. 


November Election
Input for After Action Report - Please give your observations or suggestions for improvements to one of the Executive Officers or use the CDC website Contact Us page to communicate your written comments. The Executive Committee and Poll Organizers are preparing a Report for the June Meeting. Your input will be incorporated.


Motion to Support Moving City Elections to November
The Executive Committee recommends moving the Chesapeake elections for City Council and School Board to November.


Chesapeake is one of only three Virginia cities that have elections in May. The shift would facilitate an increase in voter participation. It would save the city the cost of an additional election; money that could be put toward other city needs. It  would allow the CDC more time after reorganizing to recruit candidates and organize support

for Get Out the Vote efforts and staffing the Polls.


May CDC Breakfast
This Saturday, May 12, 2018, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Greenbrier Country Club
1301 Volvo Parkway
Chesapeake, VA 23320


Guest Speaker: Mark Woodward
Planning Administrator for the Comprehensive Planning Division
of the Chesapeake City Planning Department.
Mr. Woodward will present on the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, the proposal for development at the North Carolina border.
and other development issues
affecting South Norfolk and Deep Creek
The cost for Breakfast is
$10.00 for members (Thank you ATCO Hauling) 
and $20 for non-members.
Space is limited to the first 40 people.
Please RSVP by Tuesday, May 8th to  
Nancy McPherson
at 757-339-1682 or


Chesapeake Democratic Committee General Body Meeting

April 12, 2018

Riverwalk Community Center, Chesapeake, VA

A General Body Meeting of the Chesapeake Democratic Committee was called to order by Chair Randy Menefee, on April 12, 2018, at 7:30 PM at the Rivercrest Community Center.




Sam Cooke and Ryan Ritter were inducted as Members of the CDC.  Ryan Ritter, Anthony Briganti and Jenna Swetland were introduced as three of about 20 co-founders of Young Democrats of Virginia, Chesapeake Branch, which is also recognized as a Hickory High School Club.


Roll Call was conducted by Second Vice Chair, Cathy Bohan.


Present: Randy Menefee, Chair
Clayton Spruill, First Vice Chair
Cathy Bohan, Second Vice Chair
Sean Horan, Treasurer
Kecia Brothers-Hayes, Secretary, delayed arrival

Excused - David Midkiff, Financial Secretary
Excused - Linda Bryant, Sergeant at Arms


Members In Attendance
Bettie Anderson, Adam Billet, Saria Billet, Charles Bohan, Beatrice Clark, Audrey Collins, Sam Cook, Sylvia Copeland-Murphy, Mary Dail, Christopher Faulk, Richard Fisher, Sandra Godwin, Jeanne Hanewich, 

Cliff Hayes, Jr., Corwin Hayes, Tia Hayes, Judy Hinch, Sean Horan, Eileen Huey, Annette Kelley, Lisa Kennedy, Tom Kennedy, Jim Lang, Susan Lang, Catherine Lindner, Paul Lindner, Nancy McPherson, Markiella Moore, Lenard Myers, Winston Odom, Sheryl Reddington, Ryan Ritter, Susan Rowland, Maria Ruckman, Lessie Smith, Clayton Spruill, Bob Stuart, Robert Stuart, Ella Ward, and Herman Ward


Elizabeth Slamin, Marie Strang, Vernon Tillage, LeOtis Williams, Anthony Briganti
Jenna Swetland, and Catherine (Caty) Hager


Jo Anne Gallant - Candidate for Mayor
Mary Lou Burke - Candidate for City Council
Sharon Johnson-Clayton - Candidate for School Board
Luis Padilla - Candidate for School Board
Gene Waters - Candidate for City Council


Adam Billet moved to approve the March Minutes. The motion carried. 


No additional items were added. 



Treasurer’s Report Sean Horan presented the Financial Report. Income was from Member Dues. Expenses included meeting room rent, postage, and the State Party Assessment. Upcoming expenses will include printing of sample ballots for the May 

and November elections. Funds approved for the CDC website have not yet been spent. Judy Hinch moved to accept the Treasurer’s Report. The motion carried. 


Chief Information Officer Report: Rob Stuart displayed our website  and introduced our new VOTE tabs:  GET VOTING tab, with REGISTER TO VOTE links to the, and WHERE DO I VOTE tab, with a link to the Chesapeake polls locator. The ENDORSED CANDIDATES tab is being updated to include all of our endorsed candidates, and is now complete.




Membership Report Second Vice Chair Cathy Bohan reported that Members are being contacted for dues and email addresses when needed. New members are being added to the database. The committee has put together a Welcome Packet for new members. Members who applied tonight will be presented to the CDC next month for election.


Outreach: Bettie Anderson represented the Outreach Committee for Chair, Cheryl Rouland in absentia. Bettie reported that the Outreach Committee is working with David Midkiff to use the VAN system for phone banks for our endorsed candidates and that call response data is being collected and entered back into the system. The Phone Banks have been ongoing since the end of February. The Outreach Committee report was approved.



Bylaws The Chair presented the amended
Bylaws for adoption. The amended Bylaws were unanimously adopted.


New Meeting Location The Chair asked that anyone with suggestions for a new meeting location, contact him after the meeting.


Summer Picnic The Chair asked if there was interest in a social CDC Summer Picnic in July. Sean Horan moved that the CDC have a summer picnic for CDC members and families with potluck sides and desserts, main course by a sponsor or the CDC, and a committee be created to plan and execute the picnic. Rob Stuart amended the motion by asking for inclusion of the Chesapeake Democratic Women. A member asked for inclusion of the Young Democrats of Virginia and the amended motion was unanimously accepted. This motion was amended to stipulate spending  limit on the amount paid by the CDC for the main course to be $300. The amended motion carried.


Candidate Interview Committee Report Cathy Bohan presented the report for the Interview Committee by describing the procedure followed to select and invite the candidates to seek endorsement of the membership. She explained that the State Party plan directs the local committees to seek out candidates during non-partisan local elections to fill all seats for which no democratic candidate is running and provides guidelines for selection based on state given criteria. She described the materials that the members had been sent to review the candidates’ qualifications and she answered questions. The report was accepted. 



CDC Election Support


Phone Bank Bettie Anderson explained that there are 3,000 phone calls to be made to Democratic voters in the next two weeks and this was an opportunity for every member to volunteer. The Phone Bank operates Monday through Saturday from 10AM to 8PM and if there are volunteers for Sunday, the hours will be expanded. Calling takes place at Studios and Suites for Less, next to Dunkin Donuts at 1433 N. Battlefield Blvd, at the corner of Battlefield and WalMart Way. Volunteers can receive more detail by contacting Bettie at 757-434-0443 or 


District Leaders (Coordinators) for Poll Volunteers and Poll Volunteers Cathy Bohan explained there is a great need to have poll volunteers to hand out CDC sample ballots at each of the 63 polls in shifts on Election Day, May 1, and there is a need for District Leaders or Coordinators to seek out and schedule these volunteers. Members were asked to volunteer and sign-up sheets were made available.
Independent Candidate Speeches The following candidates introduced themselves and asked for endorsement of the CDC:
For Mayor: Jo Anne Gallant
For City Council: Mary Lou Burke and Gene Waters.
For School Board: Sharon Johnson-Clayton, Luis Padilla, Bryan Miles (statement for Bryan read by Cathy Bohan in his absentia).

Vote to Endorse After speakers left the room, a motion was made by Susan Rowland to endorse all candidates present. The motion was then amended by Susan to vote 

to endorse each candidate individually. The Motion carried.
Endorsement approved or denied: 
For Mayor:          Jo Anne Gallant - approved
For City Council:     Mary Lou Burke - denied
        Gene Waters - approved
For School Board:      

      Luis Padilla - approved
      Sharon Johnson-Clayton - approved
      Bryan Miles - approved


The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 PM. 


The next meeting is scheduled for May 10th at Rivercrest Community Center at 7:00PM.


Respectfully submitted, 
Yvonne Stuart
Secretary, pro tempore

Informational Notes Related to Meeting
Note 1:
Bryan “Bubba” Miles had arranged for Cathy Bohan to read his statement to the Committee because he had a ” appointment” with an “out of town client”. While his endorsement was approved, upon notification of the results, he communicated that he did not wish to be endorsed by the Chesapeake Democratic Party. After the meeting, it was learned that he had participated in the Chesapeake Citizens’ Coalition Candidate Forum during our meeting. 


Note 2: Mary Lou Burke expressed her appreciation for the time and effort given to the candidates in allowing them to address the group.