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Chair - Opal Stroup
Opal ensures that the Committee adheres to and implements the policies and platform contained in the national and state Democratic Party Platforms. She establishes permanent and ad hoc committees and appoints the Chairperson thereof. She provides guidance and oversight for all SCDC Subcommittees. She prepares the agenda and presides at all regular and Executive Committee meetings. She delegate's authority to permit the Committee to function without undue interruption or delay. She has the sole authority to release information in the name of the committee, press releases, web page, press conferences, etc. and serves as the point of contact for the Press, the Democratic Party of Virginia, candidates and their campaign staff and other committees and outside organizations. She administers and executes all rules adopted by the Committee. She serves as ex officio member of all internal committees. As designated by the Democratic Party of Virginia she serves as the Chair of or appoints the Chair of Nominating Committee(s) for nominating the Democratic Candidates for State Senate and House Districts which include all or parts of Spotsylvania County. She appoints a Web Master and Social Media administrator.
Executive Committee (ExCom)
Executive Committee (ExCom) The ExCom meets as needed as determined by the Chair, except a special meeting may be called at the request of at least three members of the Executive Committee. The ExCom exercises general supervision of the affairs of the Committee between regular business meetings. The ExCom advises the Chair. With the Chair the ExCom develops the annual calendar, strategic plans and Annual Action Plans for the Committee. With the Chair, develops recommendations for candidate endorsements by the general membership. Manages and conducts SCDC Candidate forums for candidates seeing the Democratic Nomination for Congressional District or other offices.
Vice Chair - Dick Toye
In the absence of the Chair, Dick performs all the duties of the Chair. He performs those duties of the Chair designated by the Chair. He serves as the liaison between the Chair and SCDC Internal Committee Chairs. He also serves as the liaison between the Chair and the SCDC general membership. Dick prepares training materials, operating procedures, caucus materials and other written documentation as directed by the Chair. He serves as an ex-officio member of all committees and serves as a member of the Executive Committee.
Secretary - Trina Campbell
Trina takes minutes of the General and Executive Committee meetings and provides a draft to the Chair/Vice-Chair for review prior to distribution so that minutes may be finalized and distributed to the membership a minimum of one week before the next meeting. She provides minutes for distribution to the Communications Chair one week before the next meeting. She keeps a record of member attendance at meetings and records information on visitors and provides a copy to the Membership and Party Building Chair. Trina maintains a list of members including contact information and voting precinct:
- Provides a membershiop list semi-annually to the DPVA and ExCom
- Additionally provides an updated list to the ExCom whenever members are added or deleted
- Provides membership lists to candidates and other committees as requested by the Chair/Vice Chair
Treasurer - Doug Ferguson
Doug records the receipts and expenditures of the Committee. He presents a monthly financial report of expenditures and funds received. Doug maintains accounts and disbursed funds as authorized by the Chair. He develops an annual budget and presents it first to the Executive Committee and then to the membership for review no later than the month of February. He is the primary contact with banks and other financial institutions. Doug prepares and files Federal Election Commission and other required external financial reports. He is the primary contact with the Postal Service and maintains the Post Office box key. When prospective members file for membership, Doug informs the Chair so that “Voting for New Members” can be added to the agenda. He provides copies of the Candidacy for Membership forms to the Chair, Secretary and Membership and Party Building Chair. He serves as an ex-officio member of the Fundraising Committee. Doug participates as a member of the SCDC Executive Committee (ExCom)
Membership and Party Building - Jane Huffman
Contacts targeted Spotsylvania voters to introduce them to the SCDC and invites them to join. Contacts first time visitors
who are registered to vote in Spotsylvania County. She plans, manages and executes the annual SCDC picnic and
other events to promote growing and maintaining membership. She maintains the SCDC Handbook and Brochure.
Precinct Operations - Opal Stroup
Opal manages Precinct Operations for the Spotsylvania Democratic Committee. She provides an After Action Report to the Committee following the Election. She works with the ExCom to develop sample ballots. She recruits Precinct Captains and Poll Managers for each Spotsylvania precinct. She creates and maintains a Precinct Operations Calendar of Events. Opal maintains a Master Schedule of Poll Workers for those Precincts with no Captain or Poll Manager. She keeps a record of Precinct Captains and Volunteers (including contact information and precinct and feedback on participation). She develops Precinct Operations Resources and Training materials. Opal conducts Precinct Captain and Poll Worker training. Opal provides resources for Precinct Captains such as:
- Sample Ballots
- Yard Signs
- Van Reports
- Frequent Strong Democratic (SD) Voters
- Rosters of Prior Volunteers
- Precinct Captains Handbook
- Operating Procedures for Working the Polls
- SCDC sign-up sheets
- Voter Protection Cards
- District Map
- Links to DPVA Party Plan, SCDC Handbook SCDC By-Laws
Communciations Committee - Doug Ferguson
The Communications Commmittee Chair recruits members of the Communications Committee and coordinates their support. The Communications Committee Chair ensures that meeting and event notices are submitted to local media, e.g., the Free Lance Star. The Communications Committee Chair distributes minutes to members and meeting notices to members and friends one week prior to SCDC meetings. The Communications Committee Chair prepares press releases, as approved by the Committee Chair. The Communications Committee Chair is the SCDC Web Page manager and administrator for social media. The Communications Committee Chair articulates the Democratic vision by:
- Recruiting speakers and managing the message for public forums such as the Board of Supervisors, Commission, School Board and other meeting and public hearings.
- Recruiting writers and managing the message in Op-eds, letters to the editor, flyers, ads, signs for public events etc.
Web Master - Doug Ferguson
Doug is Web Master for the Committee. Formerlly he was the webmaster for the 7th Congressional District Committee. He maintains the web pages, tests and uploads changes to the web site. During his tenure rapid changes have occurred in web technology, standards and techniques.
Fund Raising - Trina Campbell
Trina plans, organizes and executes fundraising activities to raise funds for SCDC operating expenses. She Identifies and recruits potential sponsors of fundraising events for the benefit of the committee and/or candidates and provides quarterly status reports to the ExCom and the SCDC.
Outreach Committee - Dick Toye
The Outreach Committee Chair recruits members of the Outreach Committee and coordinates their support. Dick identifies target communities of interest who might be recruited for SCDC membership and/or support Democratic Candidates to the ExCom and contacts the organizations or individuals. He identifies ethnic or community events where recruitment might be beneficial and coordinates the appropriate level of participation ranging from passing out brochures to sponsoring a table. He identifies individuals to the Membership and Party Building Committee Chair so that an invitation to membership can be sent. He reviews letters to the Editor in the Free Lance Star to identify potential members. He requests voter information from the Precinct Operations Committee and makes calls to the writers to invite them to a meeting. He sends letters to organizations such as the NAACP, Unions, etc. inviting them to participate in Caucuses and Conventions and to join the Committee. He participates in the Stars and Stripes and similar events by managing an activity and staffing the booth. He provides quarterly status reports to the ExCom.
Candidate Recruitment and Development - Al Durante
The Chair of Candidates Recruitment and Development identifies and recruits potential Democratic candidates for local office (Board of Supervisors) and Constitutional Offices. Al provides information to candidates for U.S. Senate and Congressional District Offices and State House and Senate Offices and directs them to the appropriate nominating committee or Congressional District Committee. He provides information to potential candidates for obtaining online State Board of Election Candidate Materials.
DPVA Central Committee Members
- Opal Stroup - 7th Congressional District Committee
- Robert Martin - 7th Congressional District Committee
- Doug Ferguson - 7th Congressional District Committee
By Laws Committee - Chair Dick Toye
Communications Team - Chair Doug Ferguson
Fund Raising Committee - Chair Trina Campbell
Membership and Party Building Chair - Jane Huffman
Outreach Committee - Chair Dick Toye
Precinct Operations - Chair Opal Stroup
Voter Registration Team -
Team Leader - Judy Lawrence