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NOVEMBER 9, 2020

A Message from our Co-chairs

Joe and Elaine Freeland


Where were you on November 7, 2020, around 11:45 am? What was your response when you received news that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris had been declared winners?  Undoubtedly, that was a joyous moment which followed a safe and fair election here in Orange County.

Following a long career in service to the country, we expected Joe Biden to enjoy his well-deserved retirement. However, he answered the call to fulfill a sense of duty to further serve the nation in our time of need. We understand the persuading moment came when Trump called some white supremacists in the Charlottesville crowd ‘fine people’. 

Abigail Spanberger has spoken about her participation in public affairs as fulfilling a sense of duty. Her defining moment to seek Congressional election was the day the House of Representatives voted to eliminate the Affordable Care Act. 

Many students at Orange County High School have made giant steps this year as they became active and vocal in support of American values. Even though they were too young to vote on November 3, their sense of duty called them to help register voters and to work toward influencing those who do vote.  

Orange County Democrats, did you have a defining moment when you felt your sense of duty to actively support the slate of Democratic candidates?  You stepped forward in amazing numbers.  

After the celebration and a little rest, our sense of duty will call to continue service. There are two Senate run-off elections in Georgia and the Gubernatorial and Delegate elections in Virginia, November 2021. This is a fair price to pay for our democracy.

I sought this office to restore the soul of America. To rebuild the backbone of the nation -- the middle class. To make America respected around the world again and to unite us here at home.  Joe Biden, November 7, 2020

OCDC Monthly Meeting
Saturday, November 14, 10 am


All are welcome.  We will meet on the patio of Makawao Coffee (behind the OCDC headquarters, beside the railroad tracks).  COVID protocol will be followed. Click here to receive an invitation to join the meeting via Zoom if you cannot attend in person.


THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS!

You, the Orange County Democrats, stepped forward in amazing numbers to support our slate of candidates who were victorious in each office at the national, state, and district level. You rolled up your sleeves and fought for a better, fairer, and brighter future for every Orange County resident.

In addition to the many hours you spent writing postcards and phone banking for Abigail and the Virginia Combined campaign, we:
  • Staffed the Orange County Democratic Committee Headquarters each weekend between July 18 and Election Day. Dave Kraus lead of team of 29 volunteers to answer questions, distribute yard signs, or simply have conversations with some who dropped in to talk with like-minded folks.
  • Developed Voter Education Materials for distribution at headquarters and local events. JoAnne Speiden, one of our members of the Orange County Electoral Board, reviewed materials developed by Tracy Laughlin, Sandra Smith and Ellen Wessel, to ensure accuracy in the presence of changing Virginia election legislation.
  • Set up more than 60 road signs throughout the county. Thanks to Bill Speiden, Ann Ridgeway, Joe Freeland, and Jim Poole
  • Proudly displayed more than 1,500 yard signs. Delivery of many was facilitated by Ellen Wessel, Roy Jacobson, Betsy Rath, Jen Heinz, and Kevin Minkoff 
  • Dropped lit in 4 precincts – Sandra and Ellen led the charge of more than 70 volunteers to distribute 2,600 door hangers before the start of early voting.  Two weekends before Election Day several teams made another lit drop.
  • Fully staffed OC Dems’ table at early voting, all day, every day the registrar was open between September 18 and October 31, except one rainy day. 18 volunteers were coordinated by Jen Heinz.
  • Protected the vote at 8 of the 10 precincts on Election Day with 10 trained observers working inside from 5:30 am to 7:00 pm. Observed processing of each absentee ballot, each provisional ballot, each hand-counted ballot, and the vote canvass. Thanks to coordination by Jen Heinz, Voter Protection Liaison. 
  • Staffed Election Day tables all day at every precinct with more than 110 volunteers greeting voters and offering sample ballots. Six of these volunteers came from Orange County High School where most are members of The Youth, the newly formed Young Democrats. Sidney Klich volunteered between the time the polls opened until they closed. Thanks to Precinct Operations Chair, Sandra Smith, Ellen Wessel, and other precinct captains for organizing the coverage, preparing, and distributing materials. 
Thank You all for choosing to be a part of this historic election.

Election Analysis
with Dr. Stephen Farnsworth
Wednesday, November 11 at 1 pm on Zoom


OCDC friends are invited to join the Lake of the Woods Democratic Club on Wednesday, November 11 at 1 pm on Zoom for election analysis with the University of Mary Washington political scientist Dr. Stephen Farnsworth. Dr. Farnsworth has been a guest speaker for the LOW Dems in the past and is always full of interesting stories and insights. He will offer his perspective on the election results, the trends, the polls, and more. One of the advantages of “Zooming” is being able to bring in a terrific guest speaker like Dr. Farnsworth, so we hope you will enjoy and learn something new from this discussion.

Here is the Zoom meeting information.

Topic: LOW Dems Meeting with Dr. Stephen Farnsworth
Time: Wednesday, Nov 11, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time

 
Click
here to join the Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 879 9508 5912
Passcode: 646004

If you cannot join by video, you can dial in by phone:
        +1 301 715 8592 or
        +1 312 626 6799 or
        +1 646 558 8656

Enter the Meeting ID and Passcode when prompted:
Meeting ID: 879 9508 5912
Passcode: 646004
This event is a mental health day for the students of Orange County.  Students can hang out and enjoy games, music, and food all while following COVID-19 guidelines. Sponsored by The Youth, a future Young Democrats club at Orange County High School.
L-R: Co-chair, Elaine Freeland with Raniya Bright, Solo Mthethwa, and Nia Robinson, Young Democrats working as Poll Greeters on Election Day.
First time voter, Myles Johnson (center) with parents, Tim and Bridget.
First time voter, Alegra Tinsley.
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