DPVA To Elect New Chairman

Chairman Dick Cranwell (DPVA Chair since 2005) is stepping down and a new Chair will be elected at the December quarterly meeting of the Democratic Party of Virginia (December 4, 2010, Newport News; DPVA Central Committee meeting 10:00 am; Newport News Marriott at City Center [740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, Virginia 23606; map, click here]). Only members of the Central Committee (Congressional District Committee members) are permitted to vote.

Any person wishing to seek election to chair must file a Chairs Election form, prior to 5:00 pm, on Monday, November 29. No person who has failed to comply with the pre-filing requirements may be considered for nomination. For more information, proposed rules, and filing form, so to http://www.vademocrats.org/chairman-election.

As you may know, I have been involved with politics in Virginia for the last 39 years. I have seen our party at its low and high points. I have had the privilege of serving in both the House of Delegates and as your party Chair. In my 39 years, I have gotten to know committed Democrats all across the Commonwealth and have been consistently heartened and reenergized by the level of work and commitment you show the DPVA.

We have achieved a lot since I was elected in June, 2005. We’ve won three statewide elections, took back the State Senate, and brought about the historic 2008 election in which Virginia pushed Barack Obama over the top and sent Mark Warner to the United States Senate. These were some of the highs.  We went through a tough election last year which was certainly one of the lows. However, I am confident that the party is stronger than we were just 5 years ago and I see the momentum in this election shifting our way.

I value the friendships of 39 years and I value all the hard work by so many people to elect great Democrats.  However, I will be stepping aside as party Chair in December to spend more time with Elizabeth and my two sons, Jack, 13 and Joe, 11.  I am not, nor could I ever, retire from the political arena; after December it will just be as a foot soldier, not a party officer.

We still have a lot of work to do to make sure we hold our Democratic majority in the Congressional delegation so we all need to keep working hard!

I want to sincerely thank you for all you do for the Democratic Party,

Dick Cranwell
Democratic Party of Virginia

As of November 8th two people are running for DPVA Chair, Brian Moran and Peter Rousselot.