Annual “Dem-O-Que” and Straw Poll

About: RCDC will kick off the summer with our annual Dem-O-Que barbecue and our first-ever. straw poll! The RCDC Straw Poll is your chance to vote as many times as you want for any candidate running in the June 20th Democratic Primary (VA Senate District 14 and VA House District 79. Additional ballots can be purchased online as well as in person and will better ensure your candidates’ claim to victory! Winners of the RCDC Straw Poll will be announced at the end of the Dem-O-Que and included in the post-event press release.

RCDC’s Straw Poll is not a scientific poll, but a fun way for folks to learn about candidates, the Democratic Party, local organizations and to support your local Democratic committee.

Thanks for supporting the RCDC Straw Poll and see you at the Dem-O-Que!

When: Sunday, June 11, 1:00 – 4:00 pm. 

Where: Carillon in Byrd Park

Cost for Admission: $25 ticket for admission (includes food, non-alcoholic drink, and one straw poll ballot; extra straw poll ballots may be purchased for $5)

Cost for Candidates: $500 for an informational table (extra straw poll ballots for supporters may be purchased for $5)

Cost for Vendors $50 for a vendor table.

Winter 2023 Donation Drive

We are asking folks who are able to consider a monthly recurring donation to RCDC of at least $10 a month.

If you choose to pay the entire $120 in full before our General Body Meeting on April 7, you will receive a thank you letter, an RCDC t-shirt and button, and free entry into any two RCDC events in 2023. With your permission, we will also list you on our website as an annual donor.

One-time and recurring donations can be made via the following link: RCDC ActBlue Donation. Thank you for your support!

RCDC members, it is with great pleasure that we announce our FIRST HYBRID meeting for 2023!

The monthly General Body Meeting for #RCDC will be held February 2nd at 6:00pm at the Main Richmond Library, 101 E Franklin Street, Richmond,VA 23219.

*Register here to participate via zoom:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The 4th Congressional District Committee will hold an unassembled caucus Tuesday, December 20, 6am to 7pm at the following locations

The 4th Congressional District Committee will hold an unassembled caucus on
Tuesday, December 20, 6am to 7pm at the following locations:
● Brunswick Conference Center – 100 Athletic Field Rd, Lawrenceville, Virginia 23868
● Charles City Government Center – 10900 Courthouse Road, Charles City, VA 23030
● Dogtown Dance Studio – 109 W 15th St, Richmond, VA 23224
● Diversity Richmond – 1407 Sherwood Ave, Richmond, VA 23220
● IBEW Local 666 – 1390 E Nine Mile Rd, Highland Springs VA 23075
● Meadowdale Library – 4301 Meadowdale Blvd, North Chesterfield, VA 23234
● Surry Parks & Recreation Center – 205 Enos Farm Drive, Surry, VA 23883
● Tabernacle Baptist Church – 444 Halifax St, Petersburg, VA 23803

Any registered voter in the 4th Congressional District who meets the participation
requirements outlined in the call to caucus will be eligible to vote at any of the caucus
voting locations.

Click here to view the full call to caucus:

RCDC Elects Officers for the 2022-2023 Biennium

On Thursday, January 6, 2022, Richmond City Democratic Committee elected officers for the 2022-23 biennium. Thank you to all those who stepped up to run and congratulations to those who will be serving in these roles for the next two years.

Jewel Gatling

First Vice Chair for Organization
Morgan Wilds

Second Vice Chair for Finance
Garrett Sawyer

Third Vice Chair for Voter Registration
Theresa Kennedy

Alex Cintron

Jake Crocker

1st Ward Chair
Joseph Papa

2nd Ward Chair

3rd Ward Chair
Donald Glazer

4th Ward Chair
Jonette Meade Barley

5th Ward Chair
Jennifer Hancock

6th Ward Chair
Michael Beaudet

7th Ward Chair
Bryce Robertson

8th Ward Chair
Amelia Lightner

9th Ward Chair

RCDC Officer Candidates 2022-23

Members of Richmond City Democratic Committee will elect officers for the 2022-23 term beginning Thursday, January 6, 2022. The candidate filing period closed on Monday, January 3, 7:30 pm. Candidates are listed below.

Read their candidate statements here.

You can watch the virtual meeting, and candidate speeches, online by clicking here.

Reginald Ford
Jewel Gatling

First Vice Chair for Organization
Morgan Wilds

Second Vice Chair for Finance
Garrett Sawyer

Third Vice Chair for Voter Registration
Jonette Meade Barley
Theresa Kennedy

Bryan Green

Gary Huff

Call to Virtual Unassembled Caucus for the Richmond City Democratic Committee’s 2022-23 Officer Elections

Virtual Meeting – Thursday, January 6, 2022, 6:30 pm

Unassembled Caucus – Thursday, January 6, 2022, 7:30 pm – Friday, January 7, 7:30 pm

You can watch the Thursday, January 6, virtual meeting, and candidate speeches, online by clicking here.

The Richmond City Democratic Committee (RCDC) will hold a virtual unassembled caucus beginning Thursday, January 6, 2022, 7:30pm, and ending Friday, January 7, 2022, 7:30 pm, for the purpose of electing certain committee officers and ward chairs for the 2022-23 biennium.

Read the full Call to Caucus here.

Candidate Filing Form for Officers

Candidate filing form for the officers of Chair, First, Second, or Third Vice Chairs, Secretary, and Treasurer, must be submitted by Monday, January 3, 2022, 7:30 pm.

Meeting Registration

Members may participate in the virtual meeting by phone, mobile device, or computer, but must register in advance.

Letter to Council Requesting Transparency in Redistricting

Redistricting is the process of redrawing the boundaries of districts that elect representatives who serve specific geographic areas. This process occurs every ten years following the decennial census and should be completed in years that end in one. Learn more about redistricting here.

As 2021 comes to a close, the Richmond City Council is poised to consider an expedited paper this Monday to establish the process and criteria for redistricting in the city, with little to no public input prior to that vote.

Draft Resolution Establishing 2021 Redistricting Criteria and Schedule
Proposed Redistricting Schedule

This morning, I sent the following letter to the members of Council requesting that they recognize our concerns and consider establishing a more transparent process and criteria for redistricting in the city.

Read the full letter here.


Richmond City Democratic Committee supports the right of City employees to organize for the purpose of collective bargaining regarding the terms and conditions of their employment and urges the City of Richmond to negotiate swiftly and in good faith with respect to the scope of collective bargaining rights and not interfere, restrain, or dominate the exercise of such right rights.

Read the full resolution here.