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Democratic Committee Meeting

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Join BERT DODSON Tonight for an informal Meet and Greet

Join BERT DODSON Tonight for an informal Meet and Greet         SPONSORED BY THE SWEET BRIAR YOUNG DEMOCRATS

TONIGHT, Thursday October 27th, 6:00 PM - Join the Sweet Briar Young Democrats tonight in welcoming Bert Dodson for an informal meet & greet.    This event will take place in the VIXEN DEN at the Bistro on the Sweet Briar campus   (see map below).

Come and show your support for our candidate for the 22nd Virgina Senate District.
Dixie, Bre, McKenzie, LaToya and Skip Fitts second row
(Bre is President of The Sweet Briar Young Democrats
McKenzie is Vice President of The Sweet Briar Young Democrats)
McKenzie, Bre and Ty

You'll have ample opportunity to meet Bert, ask him any questions you may have, and meet other Democrats from around the county.

Ample free parking right outside the door.   Easy access - the Bistro is on the right,  just as you enter the traffic circle at the end of the college entrance drive.    Hope to see you there ! 

CONGRATULATIONS !!! ~~~ The Sweet Briar Young Democrats have registered  **136**  students to vote November 8th.     This is an enormous achievement.     Our heartfelt gratitude and congratulations to the hardest-working Young Dems in the State.     Come to the Dodson event tonight and let them know how much we appreciate them.
Bre, Sweet Briar Young Democrats President

There is less than two weeks to the election and I want to say Thank You for all the work you have done to elect Bert Dodson as our Senator in the 22nd District.      On all the issues that matter to poor and middle class workers and women Bert is standing tall for us.    Burt's knowledge on job creation is head and shoulders above what the republican is offering.
On all of these same issues Tom Garrett is missing.     He doesn't support public education or new technologies or womens rights and health care.     Tom Garrett wants to represent big business and the rich and he couldn't care less about normal Virginia families.      Garrett wants to haul senior citizens and the poor off and subject them to drug testing.      Suffice it say Tom Garrett is MISSING.

Friday, October 28th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM - Lynchburg Democratic Committee Fall 2011 Fundraiser will be held In the Parlor Ballroom located at 9th & Main Streets in Lynchburg, Virginia.     Bert Dodson will be the Guest of Honor.     There will be heavy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and a Kindle e-book reader for a door prize. Tickets are $25.00.     Call 434-845-1400 or email for tickets and info.

Saturday, October 29th, 12:30 PM - Please join fellow Dems this Saturday for a couple of hours in order to get the word out about voting on November 8th.

188 South Main, Amherst

You'll meet new friends, probably see some old ones, too, and have fun while knowing you've done your part to get Bert elected.

Kody  Roza  and  Maggy  Roza

Contact Kody   (,   Laura (,    or call 434-851-4885 and let 'em know you'll be there. 

ALL this info along to friends and family who may not be receiving our emails - and contact us by return email to find out how you can help with the November Election.

Less than TWO weeks to go!

Amherst Democratic Chair Dave Burford  and  Bert Dodson

Your Amherst County Democratic Committee

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tom Garrett NO SHOW for Amherst Debate

Family Problems Force Garrett to Skip Amherst Debate

Bert Dodson waits to Debate his opponent

Bert Dodson was there on stage and ready to debate when Claudia Tucker read a letter from Tom Garrett's campaign manager explaining that Garrett still wanted to be the Senate representative even though sickness in the family prevented him from attending the debate in person.    Bert Dodson offered to reschedule and hold the debate next monday but no one with the Garrett campaign responded in any way so holding a debate for the people of Amherst County seems to be a mute issue.

Amherst Co. Democratic Chair Dave Burford looks around to see if he can spot Garrett

Bert spoke to the crowd for approx. 15 minutes and touched on his programs to boost education, create jobs and support new technology.     He also detailed his experiences and qualifications to be our Senator and touched on his understanding of how unfunded mandidates affect local government.      He detailed his understandings of how small business creates jobs and how the state can support small business.      I thought his presentation was well reasoned and informative and without question Bert Dodson is the best qualified person to be our Senator in the 22nd District.

Claudia Tucker Explained Garrett's No Show

It was interesting that Claudia Tucker spoke for Garrett since she ran against him in the republican primary but Mz Tucker was the top vote getting female in the race.   During the primary republicans exposed all of Tom's dirty laundry accusing him of failing to pay child support and other bills, of not living in the District he is running to represent and general frinky dinky as a prosecutor.     They even detailed his marriage problems.      There is nothing republicans won't do even to another republican.     There is more dirty laundry but all the republicans and tea party people know that and to them it doesn't matter.  
Bert  Dodson

Of course now that the primary is over these same people tell you Tom Garrett is the greatest thing since sliced bread and that you should vote for him.

Bert Dodson TV Ads Start today (10-25-11)

After he beat out his republican challengers it was no cake walk for Tom as he lived almost daily with his foot in his mouth.   His remark about the businesses in downtown Lynchburg being shuttered with plywood and wild dogs running in the streets won him no friends here.   His lack of support for new technology and education represent his backward thinking in general and his desire to shift money from public education and move it to support
private schools is downright dangerous.

Garrett's jobs plan never got off the ground.    The idea of reducing wages and benefits low enough to induce businesses from other areas of the country to relocate here was too crazy for consideration.    Imagine setting worker against worker in a race to the bottom.    The winner is the man who will work for the fewest pennies and the least benefits.    Who wants a piece of that action?

Now Garrett wants to back a van up at Grand Ma and Grand Pa's house and take then in for drug testing.    The tea party still talks about jack booted thugs coming to take their rights away and now they are supporting and working for a candidate that wants to take old people away for drug testing.   Hello in there, is anybody home?

When your major plans involve taking things away from the middle class and poor and kicking the savings up the line to the rich then you are rotting from your core.    Republicans and Tea Party leaders are rotting from their core and it's about time the voting public woke up and cast a smart vote.

The people of the 22nd district need Bert Dodson like the unemployeed need jobs, like the dry cracked earth needs rain, like our children need an education and a future, like our senior citizens need respect and dignity.

You are gonna get what you vote for, spend that vote wisely.



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Monday, October 24, 2011

Dodson - Garrett Debate, 10-24 at Amherst Co. High School

Dodson - Garrett  Debate  MONDAY Night, October 24th
Amherst County High School

Bert Dodson  chatts with  "Skipper"  Fitts 

Monday, October 24th, 7:00 PM - The Amherst County Chamber of Commerce will host a debate at 7 and 7:45 p.m. Oct. 24 at Amherst County High School.
Bert Dodson  and  Joan Foster
Neither Bert Dodson or Joan Foster has seen the plywood shuttered businesses or wild dogs in the streets Tom Garrett keeps talking about.     Maby Tom did inhale.      Talking down the citizens and businesses in Lynchburg won't translate into too many votes in this part of Virginia.

Student receives check from Bert Dodson

Bert knows education is one of the central keys to the future and supports keeping the system strong so that our children can enter the greater world ready and able to hold employeement.     Tom  Garrett on the other hand wants to take money away from public education and shift it to private schooling interests.

One section will be held from 7:00 to 7:30 PM with the six candidates vying for the three contested local races giving their reasons for running and their goals:    Amherst County Commissioner of Revenue - Linda Byers (incumbent) and Deborah Martin;    Amherst County Treasurer - Evelyn Martin (incumbent) and Garry Friend; and, Amherst County Board of Supervisors, District 3 - Robert Curd (incumbent) and Leslie Irvin.

The second session at 7:45 PM will be between the two candidates running for Virginia's State Senate District 22: BERT DODSON and Tom Garrett.     This debate will be moderated by Len Stevens, WSET-TV ABC 13.      Audience questions should be brought and turned in by attendees printed clearly on 3 by 5 cards.
Tom Garrett has a Jobs Plan

Tom's plan is to reduce wages and benefits to the point that businesses in sourrounding localaties will relocate their operations to the 22nd district and thus increase the numbers of low paying, no benefit jobs available to the job seekers here.     I see this as   "Tom Foolery"  with Tom being Tom and You being the Fool.     You can't win a race to the bottom and ultimately you can't compete with third world countries who's workers show up for mere pennies an hour or worse countries that employ prison laborers. 
Bert Dodson and Gerald Cheatham

Bert's plan to educate workers and supply them with 21st Century skills,  to enhance the availability of new technologies thru public private partnerships and to fund the public education system is the roadmap to a successful future for the generations to come.    
Tom Plans to do a Job on You and Your Childrens future.

Tom's plan to cut services and divert that money to tax breaks for big business and the already wealthy is nothing short of  TOM FOOLERY.

You've got a lot riding on the winner of the Senate Race in the 22nd District.      Its time to start thinking about who you will vote for and what that vote means.      I urge You to cast your vote for Bert Dodson.

Protect Your Benefits, Protect Your Future


Wednesday, October 26, 7:30 PM - the Farm Team for Women for Virginia, Central Virginia Chapter, cordially invites you to a new member meeting and panel discussion to be held in the Community Meeting Room of the Lynchburg Public Library, 2315 Memorial Avenue.     A panel of former members of the Lynchburg City Council and Council candidates including Joan Foster,  Joan MacCallum,  Marie Waller,  Pat Lovern and others will discuss running for office.     Arelia Langhorne will act as moderator. Please join them, encourage friends to attend, learn about running for office, and become a member of the Central Virginia Farm Team.


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Friday, October 14, 2011

Virginia GOP Fabricates A Shamefull Pack of Lies

If Tom Garrett were a gentleman he would distance himself from his own party and their disgusting lies about Bert Dodson and Lynchburg.    Before this insulting TV Ad campaign paid for by the state GOP Garrett said downtown Lynchburg was a ghost town with store windows shuttered by plywood and wild dogs roaming the streets.      
OH!!  Tom,  it's worse than you imagined.      No boarded up windows but hundreds of Bert Dodson supporters.

 If this kind of garbage is all the tea party republicans have to offer they are out of gas with their sorry campaign.   Tom Garrett is desperate and unqualified to hold the office he runs for.

Here is a photo I took of downtown Lynchburg during a recent street festival.   It appears to be quite alive with celebrating citizens and I didn't see any of Tom Garrett's imaginary plywood.

Tom, Buster can stand on three legs and pretend you are a fire hydrant.    Your only trick seems to be lying about Bert Dodson's record.

There were dogs and their owners on the streets.   None of the dogs were wild.    Buster Brown is the Craddock Terry Hotel's mascot and Buster is very civilized and well behaved.   The tea party and the republicans are spreading outright lies about Lynchburg, Bert Dodson and Buster Brown.   Shame on Tom Garrett and his desperate, dirty campaign.

Virginia’s Republican Party weighed into the 22nd District state Senate race Tuesday, saying that Democrat Bert Dodson was part of what they called a spending boondoggle on the Lynchburg downtown Bluffwalk Center development during his time on City Council.

The GOP cited news accounts that reported Lynchburg had made about $1 million in loan payments on behalf of the hotel and restaurant complex, while the tax revenue the city has collected so far from the Bluffwalk developer falls far short of that figure.

 “Bert Dodson might be new to state-level politics, but he’s obviously been learning at the feet of a master of spending boondoggles,” said a state GOP news release that compared Dodson to President Obama.

Dodson campaign spokesman Lonny Paris called the GOP assertion “a desperate and misleading attempt by the Republican Party of Virginia to confuse the issues and play games of guilt by association that are a new low to the level of discourse in this race.”

 Bert Dodson for the Virginia Senate

Visit Bert's web site at this link

 Dodson’s campaign has a continuing need for volunteers to help with their Get Out the Vote effort.  A high voter turnout in Lynchburg is essential to a Dodson victory on November 8. 

Contact Dodson Campaign Political Director Gerald Cheatham in Lynchburg and let him know how and when you can help out.  Gerald’s telephone number is 434-851-2475 and his email address is

Bert's campaign office in Lynchburg is located at:
1022 Commerce Street, Suite F (2nd Floor)
Lynchburg, VA 24504
Office Phone:  434-851-4885

Contact information for campaign staff:

Campaign Manager
 Lonny Paris

Political Director
 Gerald Cheatham

Field Director
 Kody Roza

Wednesday, October 19, 7:00 PM –  Bert will debate his Republican opponent in Schewel Hall on the campus of
Lynchburg College.    The event is sponsored by Lynchburg College and the League of Women Voters.     The regularly scheduled meeting of the LDC for the month of October is canceled so that members can attend the debate.

Lynchburg League of Women Voters Senatorial Candidates Forum
Lynchburg College
Schewel Hall
1501 Lakeside Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24501
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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