Northumberland County Food Pantry needs help!!

Late last year, the Trump administration changed the eligibility requirements for food stamps, a decision that would have resulted in several million people nationwide losing food stamp (SNAP) eligibility.
Thanks to lobbying efforts from progressive groups, Congress pushed back, refusing to put Trump’s cuts in the FY20-21 budget.  Recently, a federal judge ruled the Trump administration order was   “arbitrary and capricious.” Then, on Wednesday, Trump signed a coronavirus response bill into law that explicitly reverses his previous rule change — but only during the coronavirus outbreak.
Meanwhile, restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak have resulted in increased traffic at our local food pantry.
The one food pantry in Northumberland County is the “Gleamers and Blenders” located on Hwy 200, east of Burgess, across from the big Shiloh Baptist Church.  The director, Charles Howard, is not paid, nor are any of the volunteers who work at the food pantry; Charles also drives an ambulance for MidCounty Vol Rescue Squad as well as driving the Northumberland Public Library’s bookmobile.
Gleamers and Blenders receives food from several sources:
— Food Lion donates meat, bread, and pastry products which Charles and other volunteers pick up 2-3 times a week
— Some local farms donate extra produce
— Local groups and individuals donate food and volunteers
They can always use canned food — my church collects food donations, which we deliver monthly.
If you or any organization you belong to can help — either one-time, occasionally, or permanently — by donating cash, food, or volunteer hours — all help is appreciated and will have a real impact.
If you want to send a check:
  • make your check payable to Gleamers and Blenders; 
  • mail the check to the Northumberland County Democratic Committee, PO Box 277, Heathsville VA 22473
  • we will get the checks to the food pantry.

April 16 meeting CANCELLED

This is a reminder that our Thursday, April 16, 2020, meeting is CANCELED.  Our Library is closed, and the State is under Governor’s orders that no more than ten individuals can meet at one time.

Additionally, the NAACP meeting scheduled for Monday, April 27, 2020, is also CANCELED.

We will meet again once the Governor’s edict is lifted.

ELECTION REMINDER: The primary election scheduled for June 9 has been moved to June 23.  See the article below for information about absentee voting by mail in case you are concerned about going to a polling place and encountering a crowd.

Sincerely yours,

Frank Kober, Chair Northumberland County Democratic Committee

IMPORTANT: Change in Virginia election dates; apply for an absentee ballot

Governor Northam has announced changes in the dates of upcoming elections

Town Elections

Some localities have town elections in May.  For example, Lancaster County has town elections for Kilmarnock, White Stone, and Irvington.  Northumberland County DOES NOT HAVE TOWN ELECTIONS.
When the General Assembly convenes in late April, the Governor will ask the General Assembly to move the May town elections to the same date as the November general election, November 3.


June US Senate and US House of Representatives Primary Election

Governor Northam has used his statutory authority to postpone the June 9 primary election to June 23.
It is possible, if the COVID-19 pandemic has not receded by June 23, the primary may be delayed further.
To summarize the June 23 primary:
There will be TWO ballots, you must choose either Democratic or Republican ballot.
Republican ballot:  The Republicans have three candidates; the winner will run for the US Senate against Democratic Senator Mark Warner.
  • Alissa Baldwin, teacher
  • Daniel Gade, college professor and U.S. Army veteran
  • Thomas Speciale, U.S. Army veteran and intelligence officer
Democratic ballot:  In Virginia’s First Congressional District, Democrats have two candidates; the winner will run against the incumbent Republican, Rob Wittman.

Absentee Voting

If you want to vote absentee by mail, you can apply for an absentee ballot at any time.  However, ballots will not be mailed out until 45 days before election day (approx. May 8).
Apply for absentee ballot online:
+++++  Use reason 2A “My disability or illness”
+++++  Indicate Dem or Rep ballot
Call your local Voter Registrar and request an application
+++++ Northumberland County 580-4655, 580-6224
+++++ Lancaster County 462-5277

November general election

The November 3 general election will elect:
  • President
  • VP
  • Senate
  • House of Representatives
ALSO — two Northumberland County school board seats will be on the ballot in two County districts:
  • District 2 (if you vote at St Stephens, this is you), and,
  • District 3 (if you vote at Fairfields Methodist in Burgess, this is you).
The District 2 school board election is to replace the late Ms. Rita Hooper.  Dr. Edison Jackson is circulating petitions, needs 150 signatures to get on the ballot.
The District 3 school board election is to replace the late Gerald Howard.  Denise Mazyck has been circulating petitions, needs 150 signatures to get on the ballot..

Absentee voting under COVID-19 restrictions

If you are concerned about encountering crowds while voting in the upcoming June 9 primary, you may vote absentee by mail.
Absentee voting starts on April 24.  If you request an absentee ballot before April 24, your ballot will not be mailed to you until the 24th.  If you want to apply, go ahead and apply — in Northumberland County, our Registrar is receiving applications daily; ballots will be mailed out on and after the 24th.
There has been much discussion in both state and national news about postponing the June primary, or requiring voters to vote by mail.  NO DECISION ON ANY OF THESE MATTERS HAS BEEN MADE IN VIRGINIA AS OF TODAY, APRIL 1.
CALL THE REGISTRAR’S OFFICE and request a ballot.
Northumberland County Registrar
Lancaster County Registrar
Westmoreland County Registrar
Richmond County Registrar
This is the State Dept of Election website page where voters can request an absentee ballot online.
Mail the application to your county registrar; a list of registrars with mailing addresses and phone numbers is on the form.
USE REASON 2A – My disability or illness in Block 3 of the form; no supporting documentation is required.
 The June 9 election is a primary — you must specify if you want a DEMOCRATIC or a REPUBLICAN ballot.  There’s a place in Block 2 of the form to indicate Republican or Democratic Primary.
The purpose of the June 9 primary is for the parties to select their candidates for the November 3 Senate and House races.
Democrat Mark Warner has no opposition in the Democratic Party, thus, his name will not appear on the ballot.
Three Republicans will be on the Republican ballot, the winner will face Warner in the November general election:
Daniel Gade
Tom Speciale
Alissa Baldwin
Republican Representative Rob Wittman has no opposition in the Republican primary, thus, his name will not appear on the ballot.
Two Democrats are on the Democratic ballot, the winner will face Wittman in the November general election:
Qashim Rashid
Lavangelene (Vangie) A. Williams
Any questions — call your County Registrar.

Watch this website for meeting announcements

With restrictions on public meetings in place because of the COVID-19 virus, Northumberland County Democrats are suspending all meetings until further notice.

Below are links to pages on the Virginia Dept of Health website with valuable information about dealing with the COVID-19 threat.

Here is a link to the Virginia Dept of Health PERSONAL AND HOME PREPAREDNESS site.  This link has important information and we urge everyone to bookmark this page and refer to it.

Here is a link to the Virginia Dept of Health COVID-19 page   that displays a map, updated daily, with the sad news of deaths from COVID-19 and its continued spread throughout Virginia.

This page on the DOH website has recommendations for individuals and families for dealing with the threat from COVID-19.


Our next meeting: Thursday, March 19, 7:00 PM

The Northumberland County Democratic Party meeting scheduled for March 19, 2020, is cancelled.  Watch this website for future meeting information.  Until we meet again, BE SAFE.

Our next monthly meeting is:
  • Thursday
  • March 19, 2020
  • 7 PM
  • Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy, Heathsville VA.

 Our meeting agenda includes:

  • Trying to make sense of the Trump voter
  • Philip Cox, candidate for Democratic nomination for First Congressional District.
  • Our Second Amendment resolution
  • Caucus to select delegates to the Virginia Democratic Party Convention. 

If you wish, bring a snack to share at 6:30 PM.

Democratic Party Presidential Primary: March 3, 2020

Virginia Democrats will go to the polls on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, to select our candidate for President in the November 3, 2020, election.

Here is a SAMPLE BALLOT for the Democratic Primary.  Note there are fourteen names on this ballot.  Some of these individuals have announced their withdrawal from the race, however, these ballots were printed by Northumberland County in January because absentee voting started in mid-January.

Democratic Party primary sample ballot Feb 2020 BLUE


If you use this ballot, DO NOT PRINT IT ON WHITE OR YELLOW PAPER.  White and Yellow paper are used for official ballots, and, for official sample ballots.  DO NOT USE WHITE OR YELLOW PAPER.  We recommend you use BLUE paper.

The notice at the bottom of the ballot states “Read Both Sides of Ballot.”  The back side of the ballot is blank except for the Northumberland County seal; there is no election information on the back side.


As of February 21, 2020, the following Democratic candidates have announced their withdrawal from the race.  However, their names appear on the ballot because ballots were printed in early January to accommodate absentee voting, which started in mid-January.  Furthermore, none of these candidates has informed the Virginia Dept of Elections that they have withdrawn; they have made public announcements that have been reported by the press, but have not yet informed the State.

  • Michael Bennett
  • Corey Booker
  • Julian Castro
  • Deval Patrick
  • Marianne Williamson
  • Andrew Yang



Our February meeting

Our February 2020 meeting will be:

  • Thursday, February 20, 2020
  • 7:00 PM
  • Bring a snack to share at 6:30 PM
  • Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy, Heathsville (Hwy 360)

This promises to be a busy meeting featuring:

  • Democratic Congressional Candidate Qashim Rashid will speak with us.
  • Local authors Gwen Keene and David Cariens will address the “born-here come-here”gap.
  • Joe Schlatter will review legislation now before the General Assembly that affects elections and voters.
  • And — don’t forget:  Treasurer Badger Godwin will pass the donation jar!!

Everyone is invited — Democrat, Republican, Independent, Unaffiliated, Interested, Curious, or just looking for a place to meet friendly folks.


Kevin Washington withdraws from Democratic Congressional race

We are disappointed to report that Kevin Washington has announced his withdrawal from the Democratic Party’s race for Congress from Virginia’s First Congressional District.

We received the following announcement from Mr. Washington.

Dear Chairs (First District Democratic Party chairs),
We have, with much deliberation, decided to suspend our campaign. I truly appreciate all of the support and consulting you have provided. Without the financial backing required to run a strong campaign, we cannot proceed. I look forward to working with you in the future. The fight for change and equality is not easy. I plan to be on the front lines of that fight until our ultimate goal is achieved. Please, feel free to contact me anytime.

We all should be concerned at Mr. Washington’s reason for withdrawing:  Money.  Running for office has become almost prohibitively expensive, leaving our elections open only to those with deep pockets or wealthy donors who can afford to run for office.  This fact is a threat to our Republic.

Mr. Washington’s withdrawal still leaves three excellent candidates who are competing for the Congressional seat held by Republican Rob Wittman.

Vangie Williams – Strategic Planner, Program Manager, & 2018 CD1 Nominee

Phil Cox – Home Builder & Businessman

Qasim Rashid – Attorney, Human Rights Activist, & 2019 SD28 Nominee

Here is the schedule of candidate appearances as of February 8:

  • February 20:  Northumberland County Democratic Party meeting
  • April 27:  Lancaster County Democratic Party meeting


  • March 23:  Lancaster County Democratic Party meeting


  • To be scheduled

All four candidates will be at a Candidate Forum jointly sponsored by the Lancaster and Northumberland County Democrats:  Monday, May 18, 6:00 PM, Lancaster Community Library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock.

Northumberland County Democratic Party meetings are held:  Third Thursday of each month; 6:30 social; 7:00 PM meeting; Northumberland Public Library; 7204 Northumberland Hwy (Hwy 360), Heathsville

Lancaster County Democratic Party meetings are held:  Fourth Monday of each month; 6:30 PM social; 7:00 PM meeting; Lancaster Community Library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock.

Anyone who wants to meet these candidates is welcome to attend any of the meetings listed above — Democrat, Republican, Independent, whatever — come, join us and meet the candidates.