Shenandoah County Democratic Party hosts picnic on Saturday

Jennifer Lewis, the Democratic candidate for Virginia’s 6th U.S. House District, and Anne Holton, a former secretary of education for Virginia and the wife of Sen. Tim Kaine, will be speaking at a Shenandoah County Democratic Party event in Edinburg on Saturday.

The event, a barbecue picnic, will take place at the canopy in the Edinburg Town Park at 5 p.m.

Helen Jean Smith, the chair of the county’s Democratic Caucus, which is one of the main Democratic Party groups in the county, described the picnic as a get-together the county party hosts every year.

“It will be a fun event for us all,” Smith said.

Despite having the candidate for Virginia’s 6th U.S. House District speak, Smith said that the picnic is not primarily a campaign event. She did say that this year is a particularly important one for the Democratic Party, which aims to take control of the House of Representatives.

She added that it is not really a fundraiser for the county’s Democratic Party. There is no set cost to attend the event, unlike the Democratic Party’s fundraiser in September, but attendees are encouraged to pay donations.

“We’ll pass the bucket,” Smith said.

The deadline to RSVP is today, although Smith said that “probably others will call during the week. People wishing to attend should contact shencodemocrats@gmail.com.

Katherine Morrison, the chair of the Shenandoah County Democratic Committee, will introduce the event’s speakers. In addition, Bill Vaughan, a Woodstock musician, will perform at the event.