Present were: Audrey Clement, Kirit Mookerjee, John Reeder,
Josh Ruebner, Tom and Tamar Yager (Arlington), Charlie Jordan (Blue Ridge) ,
James Blythe, Chris Fink, Anna Yeisley (Fredericksburg), Jim Lowenstern (NoVA),
Rain Burroughs (Richmond), Mike Rosenberg (Virginia Beach).
Josh Ruebner agreed to serve as facilitator and Audrey Clement as note taker.
The previously published meeting agenda was amended and adopted by consensus as
1. Candidate recruitment for 2009.
2. Bylaws Amendment.
3. Committee Reports.
5. Approval of Rain Burroughs to UFPJ Committee.
Candidate Recruitment for 2009.
Audrey reported that the SBE Schedule of General Elections indicates that aside
from the gubernatorial and attorney general races, elections for 2009 are
primarily limited to the House of Delegates (HOD) and a number of county boards
of supervisors around the state.
Tom Yager added that there are school board races, races for Vienna Town
Council and Alexandria City Council in May, and Charlottesville City Council in
November. He also mentioned that while there will be an election to replace
Gerri Connolly as Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in
February, there is not enough time to recruit a GPVA candidate for that slot or
the vacancies on the board of supervisors that are likely to occur when his
successor is elected.
Charlie Jordan indicated that he had contacted some people about running for
attorney general and reported that Daniel Metraux is interested in running for
HOD in Staunton.
Tamar Yager mentioned that GPUS political director Brent McMillan is willing to
provide campaign support to candidates for office. She also recommended
contacting Jesse Johnson in West Va. about recruiting candidates in southwest
John Reeder recommended running eight to ten candidates for HOD using a common
platform. He indicated that he is interested in running for Arlington County
Board, and Josh Ruebner said he is considering running for HOD.
Mike Rosenberg said he's interested in running someone for governor, but there
was general agreement that GPVA does not have the resources to run a statewide
petitioning campaign in 2009.
Chris Fink indicated that the mission statement of the Candidate Exploratory
Committee (CEC) provides for candidate recruitment.
Tom Yager, who is chair of CEC, agreed to reconvene the committee. Mike
Rosenberg, Chris Fink, Rain Burroughs and Audrey Clement agreed to serve on it.
Audrey offered substitute language in place of the amendment to Section XX.D.3
of GPVA Bylaws earlier proposed by Charlie Jordan, as follows:
Insert a new section at XX.D.3:
"A good-faith effort shall be made to contact every Interim Committee member on
any decision pending before the committee. A specified period of time shall be
allowed for discussion. Not less than seventy-two (72) hours shall be allowed
for a vote, including at least two full business days."
Renumber current sections XX.D.3 and XX.D.4 to XX.D.4 and XX.D.5, respectively.
Charlie accepted the substitute as a friendly amendment, and the substitute was
adopted by consensus with one member standing aside.
Chris Fink solicited reports from conveners of GPVA committees.
Convener James Blythe reported that the committee met on October 11, 2008 in
Fredericksburg and produced the following recommendations.
1) Launch an immediate appeal to GPVA membership with a suggested amount of
$25. The appeal was sent via email and a snail mail appeal to the remainder of
the membership will follow shortly.
2) Offer an annual membership card.
3) Obtain a credit card processor for the GPVA website. The Finance Committee
has set up a PayPal account for this purpose, but a setup confirmation is
required from PayPal before monies deposited in the PayPal online account can
be deposited in the GPVA treasury account.
4) Sell merchandise.
5) Sell donated items on an EBay using Chris Fink's EBay account.
In response to a question from Jim Lowenstern, Kirit Mookerjee promised to
report via the GPVA listserv the amount of funds raised from the email appeal.
Convener Chris Fink reported that the committee has eleven members. Susan Dridi
has agreed to serve as co-chair, and Chris will produce a metadata packet for
distribution to committee members with instructions on how to maintain the GPVA
Local Organizing Committee.
The conveners are Josh Ruebner and Charlie Jordan. Josh asked for input on a
strategic plan he has disseminated to the GPVA listserv for
activating/reactivating locals. He and Charlie volunteered as local regional
organizers, and their appointments were approved by consensus. Charlie
solicited other volunteers for the committee.
Ana Yeisley and Scott Burger are the conveners. Anna indicated that she and
Scott had exchanged some correspondence but have nothing to report now.
Convener Tom Yager indicated that he will produce a report in the near future.
Structural Reform Committee.
Convener Audrey Clement had nothing to report.
Tamar Yager recommended that GPVA consider using the services of GPUS' new
telemarketer, Empower Telefundraising. The firm has offered to do a test
operation for GPVA for free.
Appointment of Rain Burroughs for UFPJ Committee.
Rain said that she was asked to serve on the newly formed UFPJ Accountability
Committee and sought formal GPVA approval for the assignment.
It was agreed by consensus to appoint her to the committee.
Tamar Yager announced that the GPUS Steering Committee will meet informally at
John Reeder's house on Saturday evening, January 17, 2009 for dinner. All are
Rain Burroughs announced a shoe protest scheduled for MLK Day, January
19,2009 outside the White House.
Tom and Audrey agreed to schedule the next GPVA quarterly business meeting at a