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Update during COVID-19

Date Updated: April 5, 2020

Dear 5th District Republicans and Convention Delegates,

Many are wondering how we can and should move forward with our convention in
response to EO-55, where the Governor instructed everyone to "stay home" through June 10th. Many have not missed the irony that June 9th is the present
filing deadline for Republicans with the Board of Elections.

Lots of work is being done to ensure that our convention does happen and that
every certified delegate has their voice heard. I am committed to that and am
working a multi-pronged approach to ensure it!

Let me share a few things that I have been doing:

     1. I have had conversation with Dr. John OBannon, our Republican
representative on the State Board of Elections.
     2. In conjunction with RPV’s Executive Committee and State Central
Committee, we have officially modified our Party Plan to enable our
committees to do official business through electronic meetings.
     3. Working with other District Chairmen, we are preparing appeals to enable
our present filing deadline of June 9 th to be postponed so that we will have
more opportunity to carry out the essential work of our Party.
     4. In a week, we will be having a meeting of our 5 th District Committee to
postpone the date of our convention. I will keep you informed as we have
concrete decisions of the committee.

But you are at the center of our electoral process. How can you help?

     1. Stay well.
     2. Stay focused and don’t be distracted by some of the “fake news” being
circulated that our convention is not going to happen. Frankly, it has to
happen, so we are working hard at all levels of leadership to find the best
path forward.
     3. You may have prospective solutions you'd like to share. You may have the
“golden nugget” and I want to hear your thoughts. So, I have set up an Ad Hoc Committee to receive, vet, and submit the most promising ideas to me and our leadership team.

Your ideas need to be submitted to any ONE of the committee members listed
below before 6pm Tuesday, April 7th.

The committee will report to me and the District Committee by 9pm April 9th.


Renee Maxey
5th District State Central Committee Member

Carolyn Ley
Zone 1 Vice Chair, 5th District Committee
434.906.1001 (text or call)

Kim Smith
Secretary, Madison County Republican Committee

Thank you for your interest and participation.  We look forward to hearing from
you! Please stay tuned for more updates. Also, please check our website regularly for
posted updates.


Melvin Adams, Chairman
5th District Republican Committee

5th District GOP Committed to Inclusiveness

Date Updated: Saturday, July 27, 2019

The fifth district Republican committee is absolutely committed to inclusiveness. As a party we do not discriminate against anyone and all are welcome to join us to promote our party platform and support our candidates.

It is also important to state that our district committee is absolutely committed to our Party Platform which states on page 31 & 32:

“Marriage, Family, and Society

Foremost among those institutions is the American family. It is the foundation of civil society, and the cornerstone of the family is natural marriage, the union of one man and one woman. Its daily lessons — cooperation, patience, mutual respect, responsibility, self-reliance — are fundamental to the order and progress of our Republic. Strong families, depending upon God and one another, advance the cause of liberty by lessening the need for government in their daily lives. Conversely, as we have learned over the last five decades, the loss of faith and family life leads to greater dependence upon government. That is why Republicans formulate public policy, from taxation to education, from healthcare to welfare, with attention to the needs and strengths of the family.

It is also why everyone should be concerned about the state of the American family today, not because of ideology or doctrine, but because of the overwhelming evidence of experience, social science, and common sense. All of which give us these truths about traditional marriage: Children raised in a two-parent household tend to be physically and emotionally healthier, more likely to do well in school, less likely to use drugs and alcohol, engage in crime or become pregnant outside of marriage. We oppose policies and laws that create a financial incentive for or encourage cohabitation. Moreover, marriage remains the greatest antidote to child poverty. The 40 percent of children who now are born outside of marriage are five times more likely to live in poverty than youngsters born and raised by a mother and father in the home. Nearly three-quarters of the $450 billion government annually spends on welfare goes to single-parent households. This is what it takes for a governmental village to raise a child, and the village is doing a tragically poor job of it.

The data and the facts lead to an inescapable conclusion: Every child deserves a married mom and dad. The reality remains that millions of American families do not have the advantages that come with that structure. We honor the courageous efforts of those who bear the burdens of parenting alone and embrace the principle that all Americans should be treated with dignity and respect. But respect is not enough. Our laws and our government’s regulations should recognize marriage as the union of one man and one woman and actively promote married family life as the basis of a stable and prosperous society. For that reason, as explained elsewhere in this platform, we do not accept the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage and we urge its reversal, whether through judicial reconsideration or a constitutional amendment returning control over marriage to the states. We oppose government discrimination against businesses or entities which decline to sell items or services to individuals for activities that go against their religious views about such activities.

Families formed or enlarged by adoption strengthen our communities and ennoble our nation. Private entities which facilitate adoptions enrich our communities. We support measures such as the First Amendment Defense Act to ensure these entities do not face government discrimination because of their views on marriage and family. We applaud the Republican initiatives which have led to an increase in adoptions, an achievement which should be recognized in any restructuring of the federal tax code. While the number of children in foster care has stabilized, teens who age out of that setting often are abruptly left to face the world on their own. We urge states and community groups to help these young adults become independent.

Thirty years ago, President Reagan @ a Special Working Group on the Family to study how government at all levels could be more supportive of family life. We urge marriage penal- ties to be removed from the tax code and public assistance programs. We invite all who care about children to join us in this proposal to ensure that all federal programs, in the words of President Kennedy, "stress the integrity and preservation of the family unit.'"

Melvin Adams, Chairman
5th District Republican Committee

Note: Click here to see the full Republican Party Platform.

Letter from Chairman Melvin Adams regarding Resolution Passed 

Date: Monday, June 3, 2019 

Chairman Wilson and SCC Members,

At the direction of the 5th Congressional District Republican Committee I am sending you a resolution passed unanimously, minus one, on June 01, 2019. (Resolution attached.)

While the matter of the 97th LDC was resolved last Thursday by decision of the RPV Executive Committee (7-4-1), unless and until an appeal to the SCC is properly filed and heard, the sentiment of the 5th District Committee resolution is a reflection of its support of the EC decision and a firm stand that our Party leadership and staff must not interfere in primary elections or campaigns.

Melvin Adams, Chairman
5th District Republican Committee

Barbaric Abortion Legislation

This week many Americans were shocked by seeing Democrat members of the New York Legislature celebrating after passing a bill legalizing the abortion of full-term babies, even at the point of the mother’s dilation.  The bill authorizes lethal injection of these babies, even when New York law forbids lethal injection for its criminals convicted of first degree murder!

In Virginia, a similar bill was introduced in the General Assembly by Rep. Kathy Tran, a Democratic, who in testimony before sub-committee said the bill would allow abortions up until the moment of birth.


Fortunately, because Republicans have a majority (by a slim margin), this bill was tabled.

But Ralph Northam, Virginia’s Democrat Governor and a pediatric neurologist, went public to support Rep. Tran’s bill. He carefully articulated how under the bill, a child could be born alive and “left comfortably” or resuscitated should the mother so choose.

“If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”


Under the leadership of the Democratic Party, attempts are being made to take America and Virginia to a new low of active, legal infanticide! I am NOT okay with that direction. Our Republican Party and 5th District leadership is not okay with that direction. And I hope that Americans and Virginians will not be okay with that direction.

This November, Virginian’s will once again have the choice of who will represent them in Richmond. In 2017, a flood of far-left liberal Democrats were elected, almost giving them a majority in the House and Senate. It is critical that conservative Republicans are elected this year in order to stop the barbaric legislation being pushed upon us. 

It is time for every citizen to stand up and engage. Enough is enough!

Melvin Adams, Chairman
5th District Republican Committee

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