One result of the very successful Democracy for Virginia breakout sessions at last week's DC/MD/VA Regional Caucus for DFA is that more people have volunteered to become regular contributors here on the Democracy for Virginia Web site. Many changes are planned for our Web presence in the coming months as we further develop our organizational structure.
This week, I'd like to welcome three new regular contributors: Kathy Welch of Blacksburg, Rich Kolker from Loudoun, and Lester Feder from Alexandria. Kathy has written for DFV about the 9th Congressional District race in the past; she will now contribute regularly. Read all about our three new writers below the jump, and please welcome them!
Rich Kolker currently serves as Chair of the Structure Committee for Democracy for Virginia. He is immediate past Chair of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee and served as 10th District (VA) co-chair for Dean for America, serving as a volunteer during the Dean campaign in Iowa, New Hampshire and Burlington, VT. Rich is a regular contributor of articles to magazines and newspapers and in his role as a space policy analyst, has been quoted in the Washington Post and USA Today.
Kathy Welch currently serves as Chair of Democracy for Virginia's Communications Committee, a DFA Meetup coordinator in Blacksburg, and rapid response team organizer in Montgomery County. She's a district chair on her County Democratic Committee and a member of the executive committee. An industrial-organizational psychologist and writer, she has conducted research, consulted, and designed and conducted training for government and private-sector organizations. She has also taught undergraduate and graduate-level psychology, as well as high school English.
Lester Feder, a native of Northern Virginia, is a doctoral candidate at the UCLA doing research on cultural politics and the popular culture of the American South and currently serves as Chair of the Legislative and Issue Advocacy Committee for Democracy for Virginia. He has served as an aide specializing on legislation for Delegate Adam Ebbin (D-49), and has been an active volunteer with the Alexandria Democratic Committee and the Alexandria Young Democrats. While a steward of United Auto Workers Local 2865, which represents Academic Student Employees of the University of California, he took the lead on such political efforts as the local's support of the United Farm Workers' campaign to win passage of legislation guaranteeing binding arbitration.