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Our members’ top policy concerns

The high stakes for Virginia and the nation at large are driving Lee Dems, as affirmed by the membership poll taken in February and March. Debra Linick, co-vice chair for membership, said 41 people filled out the survey online, and a core group of volunteers spent long hours following up by phone.

Asked what motivates them to be Democrats, some said it’s been a lifelong commitment. Others are relative newcomers. More than one summed it up as “Trump’s election.” The environment topped a ranked list of concerns, followed immediately by preserving democracy and voting rights, and universal health care. Equality, workers’ rights and reproductive freedom were also among the many shared values.

As one member put it, “Republicans have a record of serving only the rich and Democrats have a record of investing in all of us.” —J.H.

To join the membership team or learn more, email co-vice chairs Debra Linick and Diego Scharifker at

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