Democratic Party candidates coming to Northumberland County

In November 2018, Virginia voters will select our representatives in the US House of Representatives as well as one of our two Senators.

House of Representatives, First Congressional District

In the First Congressional District, we currently are represented by Republican Rob Wittman.   As of mid-November 2017, four Democrats are vying to challenge Wittman in November 2018:

Santana and Williams have met with us previously and now the other two candidates are scheduled to address the Northumberland County Democratic Party:

  • January 18:  John Suddarth
  • February 15:  Ryan Sawyers
Virginia US Senators

Tim Kaine, one of our two Democratic senators, will stand for re-election in November 2018.  While we do not have a firm date, Senator Kaine will be at a joint meeting of the Northumberland and Lancaster Democratic Parties in March.  Watch this website for details.

Join us for our Christmas Party

Please join the Northumberland County Democratic Party at our Annual Christmas Party to be held:

  • Friday, December 1
  • At the Women’s Club in Lottsburg, Virginia, near Allison’s Hardware on Route 360.
  • The BYOB event will start at 5:30 PM. Dinner will commence at 6:00 PM.

The menu will include Steamed Shrimp, Chicken and Roast Beef (well done and rare).

Tickets are $25 each which is the total cost of the event.   Please remit your check:

  • Payable to the Northumberland County Democrat Party
  • By November 24
  • Mail to Ms. Kitty Creeth, 281 Lancelot Drive, Reedville, VA 22539, Phone 804-453-5859.

R.I.P.: Bob Lindsey

We are saddened to report the death of one of our long-time active members.  Bob Lindsey died Saturday morning Oct 28 at VCU as a result of injuries sustained in a wreck last week.

Bob’s wife Barbara Shine will need our support.

There will be a memorial service later; we will keep everyone informed about the details.

We need help for the November 7, 2017 election

With less than three weeks before the election, Northumberland Democrats are asking for your help.  We are canvassing and phoning during the lead-up to the November 7th election.  We need help in canvassing and phone banking as well as help on election day at the polls.
If you can help, contact Chairman Frank Kober.
If you cannot help with canvassing, phone banking or as a poll worker, there are other actions you can take to help:
  • Please contact at least ten of your family and friends to vote on election day.
  • Support Ralph Northam for Governor, Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor, Mark Herring for Attorney General, and Francis Edwards for Delegate.
  • In our local elections, support Jim Long for Supervisor in the Third District.
  • In the School Board races, the Northumberland Democratic Party endorsed Mary Hooper for School Board, Second District.
  • While the Northumberland Democratic Party didn’t endorse in the Third District School Board race, I personally recommend Gerald Howard for reelection to this seat.

Meeting, Thursday, October 19

The Northumberland County Democratic Party will meet:
  • Thursday, October 19
  • Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Nothumberland Highway, Heathsville, VA
  • 7:00 PM — bring a snack to share at 6:30 
Our guest speaker is Edwin Santana, Candidate for the Democratic Nomination for US Congress, First Congressional District.  Please come and hear Edwin’s message.  Edwin is one of four candidates vying for the 2018 Democratic nomination.
Future candidates currently scheduled are:
  • Vangie Williams on Thursday, November 15, and,
  • Ryan Sawyer on Thursday, January 18, 2018
Also, at this meeting, plans for election day and pre-election day work for November 7, 2017, General Election will be discussed.


“No-Show” Margaret Ransone is absent . . . again



Crowd at Westmoreland Indivisible speaking with Francis Edwards and Vangie Williams. Margaret Ransone is a no-show.



An audience member asks questions of Francis Edwards at the Northumberland NAACP candidates’ forum Sep 26. Where is “No-Show” Margaret?

Last week I attended two events where Margaret Ransone and I were both invited to a public event to talk about our platform and answer questions from voters. I attended both. Margaret attended neither.

In fact, after initially accepting the event sponsored by the Westmoreland Indivisibles she withdrew! With an open slot on the agenda, Vangie Williams, CD1 candidate for 2018 stepped in to speak with the group.

Margaret outright declined to participate in the candidate’s forum hosted by the Northumberland NAACP at Northumberland High School. There were lots of thoughtful questions and I welcomed the opportunity to listen to and address voter concerns at this well-organized event.

Join us to learn about the impact gerrymandering on our democracy

Join Northumberland Indivisible to view “GerryRIGGED: Turning Democracy on its Head”, a documentary from OneVirginia2021 at  the Northumberland Library:
  • Sunday, October 1
  • 3:00 PM
Technology has made gerrymandering such an exact science that, in most cases, incumbents cannot lose and challengers cannot win.
Learn how non-partisan reform efforts now underway in Virginia and elsewhere can change this dangerous trend and return political power to the voters.
Bob Wilson, a volunteer with OneVirginia2021, will introduce the film and lead the Q&A afterwards. After a long and distinguished career developing systems and data services primarily for federal, state and local governments, Bob and his wife of 50 years, Bonita, retired to Reedville in 2003.

IMPORTANT: Committee to Investigate Russia

This is important.  A group of concerned notable Americans have formed the Committee to Investigate Russia.   Here is their statement of purpose:

Committee to Investigate Russia

The Russian Active Measures campaign aimed at the United States has been exposed. Using hacking, Twitter armies, and fake news, the Kremlin engaged in an aggressive effort to subvert the American democratic process. Now, only months into his term of office, the President and his staff are facing multiple investigations in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and by a Special Counsel for the Department of Justice.  

The Committee to Investigate Russia is a nonprofit, non-partisan resource provided to help Americans recognize and understand the gravity of Russia’s continuing attacks on our democracy. All relevant information is aggregated in one place to provide context and allow users to see the full picture of what Russia has done and will continue to do unless we start paying closer attention.

For generations, people have fought to protect democracy. Now it is our turn. 

In a video posted on the site, Morgan Freeman explains why and how our democracy is under the most serious threat in our history.

Don’t miss the candidate forum, Sep. 26, Northumberland High School


  • September 26, 2017
  • Northumberland High School
  • 7:00 PM


House of Delegates

Mr. Francis Edwards

Board of Supervisors

The Honorable Richard Haynie (2nd District incumbent)

The Honorable James Long (3rd District incumbent)

School Board of Northumberland County

Ms. Mary Hooper (2nd District candidate)

The Honorable Gerald Howard (3rd District incumbent)

Rev. Carl Perez (3rd District candidate)

Francis Edwards: Out and about in the 99th

Francis Edwards — Democratic candidate for House of Delegates 99th District — is out and about in the 99th District, meeting people and listening to their concerns.  We should ask “Where is our current delegate, Margaret Ransone?”  She certainly is not out and about listening to people.




Summer may be winding down, but the campaign is shifting into higher gear!

Saturday, I stopped by the Heathsville Farmers Market to support the Northumberland County Democratic Committee at their booth.

Sunday afternoon, the Lancaster County Democratic Committee hosted a town hall style rally at the new Kilmarnock Town Centre Park from 2-4 PM. This format provided me the opportunity to not only listen one on one to voter concerns, but also to take questions from engaged community citizens during the town hall part of this well attended event. (Question:  When was the last time Margaret Ransone held a town hall event to listen to citizens?  Answer:  No one can remember.)


This week’s canvassing activities took me into King George and Richmond Counties and Colonial Beach in Westmoreland. Thank you, Frank Eak and Jeannette Holman, for joining me as we met folks on their doorstep, by their pool, and walking their dogs. It’s a great way to meet voters and hand out a few signs too!  (Question:  When was the last time Margaret Ransone went from door to door to listen to citizens?  Answer:  No one can remember.)

I would love to walk with you in your neighborhood. Please consider signing up for canvassing. You probably already know Fido. Now’s a chance to meet his person!

Standing Up…Showing UP…and Working for YOU!

 Francis  Edwards for Delegate Campaign
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