I've been a Democratic County Chair, delegate to the state convention and member of the Central Committee (in my role as County Chair) so I find it appalling as a Democrat to read in the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the state Democratic Party is refusing to provide voter lists to Democrats who want to run for office in the State.
From the article..
The Democratic Party of Virginia is denying its voter file to challengers to its incumbents running for re-election to the House of Delegates in a June 14 primary.
Kevin Griffis, a state party spokesman, said the House Democratic Caucus asked that the voter file not be sold to challengers.
The file includes information such as past voting patterns and interest exhibited through volunteer efforts and phone bank calls. A list of potential Democratic voters in a Democratic primary could be useful to candidates.
Del. Brian J. Moran, D-Alexandria, the House caucus chairman, said the caucus decided during the General Assembly session to protect its incumbents.
"They pay dues to the caucus; it makes no sense to assist someone in trying to unseat them," he said.
The caucus regards McEachin, a former member, as a friend, he said, but the caucus adopted a policy to be applied uniformly to all challengers, Moran said.
The state party is providing the voter file to all candidates running for open seats, Griffis said. There are five open seats.
Griffis noted that Gov. Mark R. Warner is backing Miles. It would be self-defeating for the party to try to help someone whom Warner opposes, he said.
I thought this was the Virginia Democratic Party, not the Mark Warner party and incumbent fan club.
Write your Delegate and the state party and ask them to change this decision.
Run for the Central Committee so we can vote to change this decision.
Put the Democracy back in the Democrats.