JUNE 5, 2020

WELCOME FROM OUR CHAIR

 

Super Tuesday was a remarkable day in the history of the Orange County Democratic Committee. Nearly twice as many voters turned out compared with the 2016 presidential primary. What a joy to find so many Democrats in Orange County.


You OCDems have a great deal to be proud of over the past few years, beginning in 2017, when Virginia Democrats came within a coin toss of winning the House of Delegates for the first time in more than 30 years. We had our revenge at the federal level in 2018, dumping a do-nothing, right-wing Congressman in favor of our own Abigail Spanberger, who has proved in her first term to be a real leader. In 2019, we won control of state government, resulting in a wave of progressive legislation. We didn't win either seat in the 17th Senate or 30th House of Delegates districts, but we turned out more voters and came closer than ever. All of that took hard work and a spirit of cooperation.


We have also reorganized and re-energized our committee. We added many new members, rebuilt our precinct system, and thanks to the generosity of Michael Miller, added a wonderful new headquarters with lots of space, wifi and a great big "Orange County Democratic Committee" sign out front. 


Many of our newer members have been directly involved in helping us cope with the Coronavirus crisis, keeping us operating via Zoom and conference calls. I don't know when we'll have our next face-to-face meeting. The restrictions some are complaining about have helped this country keep the virus toll down to a fraction of what it might have been. While losses have been grievous, we are intact and recovery is coming.

Politics can be divisive, even in the same party. That this is not so within the Orange County Dems is something to be proud of, perhaps the most important.

Terry A. Anderson
, journalist and author of Den of Lions: Memoirs of Seven Years, reported for the Associated Press.  In 1985, he was taken hostage by Shiite Hezbollah militants of the Islamic Jihad Organization in Lebanon and held until 1991. 


2020 Get Out the EARLY Vote Campaign

Voting starts Friday, September 18,
45 days prior to Election Day, Tuesday, November 3.
Our goal is to start the blue wave on September 18.

 


 

What You Can Do

 

Promote voter registration and voting early. Verify that your family, friends, and neighbors are registered. Learn and spread the word about absentee balloting, early in-person voting, and other newly liberalized rules. Disseminate information to high traffic locations (schools, churches, medical & dental offices, post offices) in keeping with Phase 2 guidelines during the COVID-19 crisis. VOLUNTEER

Virtual Phone Banking for Abigail Spanberger. Helpful training sessions are on-going. https://www.mobilize.us/spanbergerforcongress/event/264485/

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

Consider supporting the NAACP and its #WeAreDoneDying campaign.

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

Attend the next OCDems Zoom MEETING on June 13, 10:00 a.m.  Email chair@orangecountydems.org  for the link to join.


 

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