Meet Your 2008 Democratic Electors
Virginia sends 13 electors to the Electoral College to vote for President and Vice President. Electors represent each of Virginia's 11 congressional districts, plus two electors are state-wide. Each party/candidate selects a slate of electors.
In 2008, the Democratic Party of Virginia elected their electors representing each congressional district in congressional district conventions which were open to the public. The two state-wide electors (representing Virginia's Senate seats) were elected at the state convention in Hampton, which was also open to the public.
Our historic vote was meaningful to us all. We all campaigned hard and celebrated when Virginia's vote was counted on election night. Soon, near-threatening letters from disgruntled Republicans flooded our mailboxes, but your Democratic Electors traveled to Richmond on December 15 to cast our votes for Barack Obama, Virginia, and hope.
Your Democratic Electors are featured below—comprised of a diverse group of your neighbors from all walks of life.
|Michael Jon Khandelwal (Electoral College President)
Occupation: Director and Teacher at The Muse Writers Center, Writer for Hampton Roads Magazine, Web Specialist for The American Council on Education and Substantiv
|Sophie Ann Salley
Occupation: Former research analyst at the Library of Congress and archivist at the Library of Virginia
|Chris V. Rey
Represents: Congressional District 1
Occupation: Law student at the College of William & Mary
Represents: Congressional District 2
Hometown: Virginia Beach
Occupation: Secretary/Treasurer of Step-Up Incorporated
Represents: Congressional District 3
Occupation: Retired manager for Verizon
Represents: Congressional District 4
Occupation: Chief of Staff for Del. Lionell Spruill, Sr.
|Marc Finney (Electoral College Secretary)
Represents: Congressional District 5
Occupation: Library Director at St. Paul's College, serves on the board of supervisors for Brunswick County
Represents: Congressional District 6
Occupation: Professional artist and member of the Nelson Fine Arts Gallery
|J. Harold A. Boyd
Represents: Congressional District 7
Occupation: U.S. Government at Chancellor High School in Spotsylvania County, campaign manager for Anita Hartke
|Marian Van Landingham
Represents: Congressional District 8
Occupation: Retired state delegate (45th District, served 1982-2005), professional artist, founder of the Torpedo Factory Arts Center
Represents: Congressional District 9
Occupation: Social Studies teacher at Council High School and American and World History instructor at Southwest Virginia Community College
Represents: Congressional District 10
Occupation: Retired information technologist
Represents: Congressional District 11
Occupation: Retired; co-coordinator of Braddock District (Fairfax County) for Obama, vice chair of the 11th District Democratic Committee