JULY 3, 2020



Joe and Elaine Freeland


Waking hours of November 9, 2016, brought sobs as the apparent direction of the previous evening’s election results were confirmed. First thoughts – will our granddaughters be afforded opportunities and respect as they become young women during a Trump administration? We thought of our youth. We grew up in the rural south during Jim Crow surrounded by a culture where blacks and other ethnic minorities were deemed unworthy of an education, equal rights, or a better life. Do the 62 million fellow Americans who voted for Donald Trump wish to return to a prior time when sexism and racism were the norms?  Do they understand the Trump presidency is threatening our democracy?

Since the 2016 election, we Democrats have raised our voices in rural Orange County and throughout Virginia. The 7th Congressional District now has a recognized and respected presence in Congress. Our distinguished U.S. Senators continue to work in our nation’s best interest. Early this year we focused on the Democratic-controlled Virginia General Assembly as it enacted historic and meaningful legislation.  All was possible because we backed our voices with energy and votes to elect leaders who help ensure everyone has a fair shake.

Orange County Democrats had an incredible turnout for the Super Tuesday Presidential Primary in March! COVID-19 has shifted our landscape since that Tuesday, and the path to Election Day is altered.  Think about the number of votes you can influence before November 3rd. And volunteer – work to elect Abigail Spanberger, Mark Warner, and Joe Biden. 


Please don’t wait to be contacted!

Joe and Elaine Freeland retired from careers as software engineers. They met in Huntsville, Alabama when both were recent college graduates working on their most memorable program, Project Apollo. In 2007, they moved to a new home with a pottery studio at Lake of the Woods.



2020 Get Out the EARLY Vote Campaign

Early voting starts Friday, September 18 

No excuse needed to vote early, either in person* or by mail 

Multiple forms of ID are acceptable; a photo is no longer required

November 3, General Election Day, is a state holiday 

Absentee ballots postmarked on Election Day are valid if received by Friday noon

*Vote early in person at the Orange County Registrar’s Office
146 S Madison Rd #204, Orange, VA 22960  (540) 672-5262





Learn more about the new Virginia voting laws and catch up on campaign activities at the next OCDems Zoom meeting.

Saturday, July 11, 10:00 a.m. 
chair@orangecountydems.org for the link to join.




Link arms with OCDems! We welcome you for as much or as little time as you have to promote voter registration and voting early.  VOLUNTEER

Virtual Phone and Text Banking
 for Abigail Spanberger. Helpful training sessions are on-going. CLICK

Familiarize yourself
with the absentee voting process. CLICK

Involve friends and neighbors
. Forward this newsletter and ask them to sign up for the next one. CONTACT US

Write letters to the editor about issues that most concern you: universal—affordable--broadband, paid sick leave, living wage, equal rights amendment, universal health care, criminal justice reform, voting rights/voter suppression, education funding, healthy environment, drug and addiction crisis management, etc. VOLUNTEER

Staff the OCDems Headquarters
: Office will be open starting July 18 with weekend hours between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. each day. Face masks are required, and social distancing must be observed. Contact Dave Kraus.



Black Lives Matter March, Town of Orange, June 13

Many Orange County Dems who were outraged by the death of George Floyd and broader racial inequities joined the march to protest criminal justice failures and systemic racism. This is leading to collaborations with other groups in the drive to increase voter participation.


Kris Hooper, march organizer


Amy Laufer (top step), Howard & Karen Newman

Bruce Monroe


Before the march

During the march


After the march
Sihle Mthethwa



Farewell to Terry Anderson, June 27


We are grateful to Terry Anderson for his service as chair of the Orange County Democratic Committee (OCDC). With his guidance OCDC has a home to call our own, membership and passion have grown, and our precinct operations are expanded. We wish Terry well with his family in Greenwood Lake, New York, and encourage him to export some of the New York ‘blue’ to our Orange County, Virginia.



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