March 15, 2014
The Charlottesville Democratic Party held their annual pasta dinner fundraiser on Saturday evening.
“It's really a chance for folks to get together and socialize and enjoy being with folks who are interested in democratic politics and politics in general and help us raise some money so we can do good for the rest of the year,” says Erin Monaghan, co-chair for the party.
Local democrats from all around the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County came out to the dinner, which also included a silent auction. The auction featured art, jewelry and a chance to win a vacation.
“We also have some political things like go spend the day with David Toscano, next year for the general assembly session,” says Monaghan.
Many people were looking forward to the pasta sauce contest, where elected officials from the Charlottesville City Council, Albemarle County Clerk of Court's and the Commonwealth’s Attorney's office dished out their favorite pasta sauce recipes. Each had hopes to win the title of “Best Pasta Sauce.”
Along with local democrats, Delegate David Toscano, Senator Creigh Deeds and Attorney General Mark Herring also stopped by the dinner
“I was here last year at the pasta dinner and it's a great opportunity to see a lot of friends a lot of supporters who I've gotten to know over the years,” says Attorney General Mark Herring (D). “It's a good gathering of democrats to help kind of kick things off for the upcoming election year.”
Over 200 state and local democrats attended the pasta fundraiser and before it began democrats in the area raised over $10,000. That money goes to the help fund the party.
Combining that with the money raised through the auction the Charlottesville Democratic Party will be well on their way to start campaigning for this year's elections.