I served as chair of the James City County Democratic Committee for four years, in addition to terms as vice chair and treasurer. I am a member of the Virginia Democratic Central Committee for the 2nd Congressional District. I’m a professional political consultant with my own California-based firm where I have worked on more than 75 campaigns. I develop direct mail, produce TV and radio, oversee campaign staff, manage budgets and provide overall strategic direction. Locally I am proud to have provided strategic assistance to Monty Mason for Delegate and Senate, Mike Mullin for Delegate, Jim Icenhour for Supervisor and John McGlennon for Supervisor.
As Chair for JCC, I used my expertise in political campaigns to help make our committee larger and more effective. During my tenure we more than doubled membership and our operating budget. We fully staffed all 19 polls on Election Day, a first for the committee.
I believe WJCC Democrats can become one of the most effective local Democratic committees in Virginia. Democratic committees have one main job: Help Democrats win. We need a leadership team that will be focused on protecting our Democratic values by putting Democrats into office. Thank you for allowing me to serve as chair.
1st Vice Chair for Williamsburg
I have served as Elections Coordinator for the Williamsburg Democratic Committee since May. In that time, I successfully organized volunteers to staff the Williamsburg precincts on both the Primary and General election days. I acted as liaison between the Williamsburg Dems and the Coordinated, Mullin, and DeLucia campaigns. In my role, I helped coordinate and hosted a successful GOTV event in the City. Moreover, I worked hard to foster and strengthen the relationships with the William & Mary Young Democrats and JCC Democrats.
Outside of my particular role with Williamsburg Dems, I supported the other members of the Executive Board in their various roles. Where there was a need, I helped fill it. I took on additional responsibilities such as helping administer our Facebook page, proofing our email blasts, and writing content for our Newsletter. I was always available to assist anyone who needed help to get something done. I would bring this same ethic to the WJCC Democrats.
I have been inspired by all the dedicated Democrat community members I have met in the past several months through canvassing, phonebanking, and attending fundraisers. I am excited at the prospect of working with many of you on the WJCC Democrats to advance the mission and values of the organization.
1st Vice Chair for James City County
My name is Christine Payne and I would be honored to serve the WJCC Democratic Committee as 1st Vice Chair for James City County. Originally from Connecticut, I have lived in Virginia with my husband and 3 teenagers for a total of 20 years. I am a registered nurse with an MBA in Healthcare who looks at issues through the perspective of how they effect health, well being and safety. I became somewhat involved in politics during President Obama’s campaigns, hesitant to do much more than office work and some phone banking. In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy I joined the Gun Violence Prevention movement, first in Newtown CT, and then back here, in Williamsburg. As a member of Moms Demand Action, the call to support Hilary Clinton’s campaign motivated me to step out of my comfort zone, find my voice and and get to work. After her stunning defeat, I came to the realization that active participation in the political process is an imperative and one in which many of us had not fully invested. It strengthened my resolve to promote Democratic principles and support our Democratic candidates on every level of government.
I have been energized by the groundswell of resistance and activist groups that have mobilized over the past year and actively participate in many, including Common Grounds, Williamsburg, WIG, WJCC Indivisible and Peninsula Indivisible. I am encouraged by these groups’ ability and willingness to work together towards common goals, as demonstrated in our collective efforts during the 2017 state elections. Volunteering for both the Northam and Mullin campaigns since the primaries, I took on the leadership position of Staging Location Director for the Coordinated Campaign’s Williamsburg office. Throughout the campaign, I had the opportunity to work closely with many Williamsburg and JCC Dems and am proud to have helped effect a larger than expected turnout in an off-year election. Our team increased our winning margin in Jamestown A by 10 points, we flipped Berkeley D from red to blue and I am incredibly proud to report that my own Roberts D district went from an 11 point loss in 2016 to a 9 point win in 2017! I am grateful for those with whom I have worked and celebrate our collective victories. As we look to the future of our party, and the challenges that lie ahead, I look forward to working with you all.
2nd Vice Chair for Media and Communications
I am very excited about the opportunities we have to elect Democrats at every level of government, and feel my experience and capabilities in media and communications will help keep our members and voters informed and motivated.
I've been involved with newspaper journalism for much of my career, starting at William and Mary's newspaper, The Flat Hat, then at the York Town Crier (1981-88) where my husband and I joined with a local community staff to win dozens of press awards for writing, photography, design and community service.Since then, I have worked in video and multimedia, creating films, exhibits, interactives and websites for museums and visitor centers in Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region.
I canvassed extensively for Obama in 2008 but work then kept me in Southwest Virginia until December 2016. I am now semi-retired and have spent the last year worrying over the news and determined to find opportunities for activism here.
I am a founding member and admin of Common Ground, a group formed after the Women's March last January. We support our members, many of whom have never before been active in politics, through social media, action meetings and shared suppers. The group worked with Williamsburg Indivisible Group, Williamsburg-James City Indivisible, Democratic candidates and the Democratic committees, on grassroots get--out-the-vote efforts for the 2017 election, including a postcard-writing campaign and a full-page color ad in the Virginia Gazette.
I enjoyed serving as Canvass Captain for the Virginia Democrats Combined Campaign this fall, motivating volunteers to do the single most important job we all have: talking with our neighbors and friends about the issues and candidates we support
I hope to build a communications and media team that will ensure that everyone gets the information they need to stay involved as we work together to build up our organization, reach out to voters on issues that matter to them, and elect Democratic candidates.
2nd Vice Chair for Campaigns
I have been involved with candidates and campaigns since the 1980’s when I was a Student Council Advisor in Newport News Public Schools. I oversaw Student Council elections at the state level when I served as Advisor Coordinator for the Virginia Student Councils Association. It was a rewarding experience helping students plan their campaigns, write and practice their speeches, and help them fulfill the duties of office once elected.
After 30 years of teaching in Virginia, I retired and now have the time to be politically active. I am a member of JCC Democrats, 1st CD Democratic Committee and the Virginia Democratic Central Committee. I am a founder of WJCC Indivisible which focuses on candidates and campaigns because we recognize that unless we have people that share our values representing us, our letters, calls and protests often fall on deaf ears. Along with others I have sponsored meet and greets and fundraisers for Virginia Democrats. I served as Events Coordinator for Kelly DeLucia’s campaign and have actively campaigned with many other volunteers for multiple candidates. I am currently the precinct captain for Powhatan D.
I have a strong work ethic and never accept a responsibility for which I am not willing to give 100%.
2nd Vice Chair for Membership and Outreach
My background is in business (including startup, turnaround, and strategic consulting for small businesses and not-for-profits), content creation (including copywriting and podcasting), and campaign management. I’ve managed several political campaigns, most recently Kimberly Anne Tucker’s run for Virginia’s House of Delegates in District 81.
I am a member of the State Democratic Committee — representing the First Congressional District — and serve on its Outreach Committee. While I’m proud of all of that, I also want you to know that I’ve only been a Virginia resident for a couple of years and still have an awful lot to learn. I’m not afraid to ask questions, though, and am committed to expanding the presence of the Democratic Party here in Williamsburg and James City County.
You should probably know that I consider myself a progressive and see outreach as a process, not an event. It’s something we need to be doing all the time at a grassroots level.
I’m looking forward to being an active part of all the great things I believe will be happening for Democrats in 2018 and 2020.
2nd Vice Chair for Finance
I am submitting my application for the 2nd Vice Chair for Finance position of the Williamsburg-James City County Democratic Committee. Margaret and I have lived in Williamsburg for 17 years. I have been an active participant in the community, including the College of William and Mary (honorary alum), the Williamsburg Landing, Two Rivers Country Club Board (President), Town Bank Board, and I am active in politics. Earlier in my career I served as a political appointee in local government (Highland Park, Ml). I had a career with MCI Communication Corporation and represented the company on the Hill (House & Senate) as the company executive. I graduated from the Kennedy School at Harvard and Studied business at the "B" School and at the Sloan School at MIT. Following my career at MCI I owned a tax franchised business. I believe my diverse experiences are relevant in carrying out the responsibilities of the Vice Chair for Finance in a professional and responsible manner. Please do not hesitate contacting me if you have questions.
2nd Vice Chair for Hospitality and Events
I served as 1st Vice Chair for the James City County Democratic Committee, where my focus was on helping the Committee host events and bringing voters from rural areas of the County into the committee. I led efforts to fully staff polls in the Stonehouse District for the past two election cycles. I organized and cooked for two successful annual committee picnics where more than 100 people were in attendance at each. I'm thrilled to utilize my experience as a bar and restaurant owner and manager for 40 years to provide opportunities for Democratic fellowship.
2nd Vice Chair for Technology
My name is Jakob Stalnaker and I am running for 2nd Vice Chair for Technology. I graduated from The College of William & Mary in 2016 with a double major in Applied Mathematics and Government and I currently attend William & Mary Law School. While at William & Mary I was the President of the William & Mary Young Democrats, and as a law student I have remained active with Williamsburg Democratic politics.
Lorraine has been Recording Secretary of the James City County Democrats for the past 4 years. A resident of the county for 24 years, she’s a volunteer, through St. Martin’s Church, in food recovery efforts that support the Grove Christian Outreach Center. She also tutors English language learners at Literacy for Life. From 2000 to 2010, Lorraine served as President of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Million March to Prevent Gun Violence. She organized and has headed up the Governor’s Land Democrats and Independents for the past 13 years. On January 21st of this year she marched in the Women’s March on Washington in support of civil rights for all.
An owner of her own interior design business in Williamsburg, Lorraine still manages to find time to enjoy the “academic rigor” of auditing classes at the College of William and Mary. A long-time-ago transplant from Pennsylvania, she and her husband of 50 years, Doug, live in the Governor’s Land and travel whenever they can to spend time with their grown sons and young grandsons in southern California.
Jim is a retired Air Force officer and a retired Delta Air Lines captain. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1967 and earned his MBA from the University of Utah in 1976. During his career as a fighter pilot, he flew 195 combat missions in the Vietnam War and twice won the Distinguished Flying Cross. In 1987 he began a second career as an Air Line Pilot flying for both Pan Am and Delta, and he served as an elected officer of the Air Line Pilots Association from 1993 through 2005. Jim currently serves as Chairman of the Virginia Board of Veteran’s Services. He was elected to two terms on the James City County Board of Supervisors (2006-09 & 2010-13) and was recently reelected to a third term (2018-21). He and his wife Linda live in Ford’s Colony. Their older daughter Cheryl is a retired Air Force officer who lives in Alexandria, VA and works for the State Department. Their younger daughter Cynthia lives in Williamsburg and is a teacher in the Williamsburg-James City County school system.