top of page

You are not alone!  Being a Democrat in a rural community can feel isolating. The Powhatan County Democratic Committee is a group of like minded local residents striving to make a positive impact on our county, state, country and world.

  • We strive to elect candidates who will create an America in which working people know that someone has their backs, and that government works on behalf of the middle class and those struggling to get there.

  • We work to maximize voter turnout

  • We support public education

  • We fight censorship in our public schools

  • We fund a college sponsorship

  • We donate food and school supplies

  • We pick up litter

We can do more with your help!

Join the PCDC
  • Donate to PCDC
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
How To Vote

Voter Information

  • First day of in-person early voting at the Registrar's Office: Friday, September 22

  • The Registrar's Office will be open for early voting Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, through November 3.

  • Early voting at the Registrar's Office will also be available on Saturday, October 28, and Saturday, November 4, from 9 AM - 5 PM.

  • Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration: Monday, October 16, 5 PM

  • Deadline to apply for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you: Friday, October 27 (you can submit your application by fax, email, or in the mail; it must be received by the Registrar's office by 5 p.m.)

  • The deadline to vote at the Registrar's office:  Saturday, November 4 at 5 p.m.


See who is on your ballot by viewing the candidate lists. Read about the Democratic candidates below.

Register to vote or apply for an absentee ballot online using the Citizen Portal or by calling 804-598-5604.

The 2023 general election is Tuesday, November 7. The polls are open from 6 AM to 7 PM. You can find your precinct using the Citizen Portal. Here are some other important dates from the Virginia Department of Elections:


Our candidates

My name is Bilal Z. Raychouni.


I was born in Williamsburg, Virginia to an American mother and to a Lebanese Muslim father, both public school teachers and both the first in their families to attend college. I spent my childhood in and around Richmond and Beirut, and I attended high school in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I pursued a career in film and spent years after college working late nights and long weeks on various productions up and down the East and West Coasts, until the Covid-19 Pandemic shuttered a lot of creative work and forced me to change direction. I pivoted into the field of education and immediately found my footing teaching young minds and helping them grow. I am now a Computer Science teacher at Powhatan Middle School, where I also coach the Debate Team.

Working with students and getting to know my community ultimately inspired me to run for office. Students and adults alike have for years lamented the problems our communities suffer through, and, from what I have gathered speaking to individuals on the street and at their homes, very little has been done to address these issues over the past several years. I seek to actively address the problems that most directly affect our citizens to ensure their elected officials are providing for them the best life possible.

One of my highest priority issues is to address Infrastructure. In the year 2023, there is no excuse for us to have neighborhoods old and new with electrical grids and power lines that fail when exposed to the slightest gust of wind, or roads and bridges that go weeks or even months without necessary repairs. There is no excuse for us to have densely-populated neighborhoods and major thoroughfares that are, to this day, in the Age of Information, still without access to high-speed internet. There is no excuse for our citizens to have to drive half an hour to an hour out of their way just to get to a grocery store. A significant Infrastructure review is necessary to guarantee our people a comfortable living.

Another high priority issue is to address Equitability, to ensure that all my citizens feel they are treated with the same amount of dignity and respect as any other human being. I believe that the uterus is the most unnecessarily-policed organ in the human body, and I assert that politicians need to back off and trust people to work with their healthcare providers to make their own decisions about their own bodies without the looming threat of being legally punished for taking charge of their own health. I believe that voters deserve as much freedom and flexibility to exercise their right to vote as possible and that the progress we have made to secure such moves as early voting, no-excuse absentee ballots, and drop boxes must be preserved. I believe, as an educator, that stronger relationships must be formed between our schools and our communities, that we must put an end to the demonization of teachers as “indoctrinators of the youth,” as such attitudes only encourage distrust and hate. Finally, I believe in the validity of identity, that the most wonderful thing about us as human beings is that we are all different and that we grow as people by celebrating our differences, embracing our diversity of existence, and learning to appreciate our neighbors for who they are as they are.

2022 Candidate
Get Involved

Get Involved

As shown in this map, the 2021 redistricting has moved all of Powhatan to the Fifth Congressional District. This district is currently represented by a Republican, but with your help we can flip it. Get involved today!

bottom of page