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DECEMBER 8, 2020

Message from our Co-chairs
Joe and Elaine Freeland

43 Days until Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are sworn in as President and Vice President!  

We will also celebrate on January 3 when Mark Warner and Abigail Spanberger take their oaths of office.  What a remarkable team they have been during the last week when both moved to the forefront of a
bipartisan push for Congress to deliver emergency relief to Americans struggling with the intensifying COVID-19 health crisis.  Orange Dems worked hard to help ensure their continuity to the next session of Congress.

In the midst of this holiday season, many of us have to weigh our traditions and make adjustments. How ever you celebrate, please be safe.  We look forward to spending time with you in 2021 as we work together to elect Democratic leaders who reflect our values and to strengthen the influence of the Orange County Democratic Committee.


Del. Elizabeth Guzman, candidate for Lt. Governor, will be the guest speaker at the next Lake of the Woods Democratic Club meeting on Wednesday, December 9 at 1 pm via Zoom. 

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OCDC December Meeting

Guest speaker Amy Laufer, 2019 candidate for Virginia Senate District 17, will offer her perspective on the 2021 campaigns. Amy served on the Charlottesville City School Board for seven years. She is the founder of Virginia’s List, an organization that supports Democratic women running for state office. Amy is a former middle school teacher and Peace Corps volunteer. She and husband Aaron live with their three teenagers in Albemarle County.

Topic: OCDC December Meeting
Date: December 12, 10:00 am ("Room" opens at 9:45 am)

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Election Wrap-Up

Help Georgia, Let's Take the Senate

There are still two crucial races that need your help. In Georgia, Democrats Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff are campaigning hard in two runoff elections for US Senate seats. Georgia’s runoff Election Day is January 5th. Early voting starts Monday, December 14.

Here are ways to help:
  • Sign up to volunteer with the Warnock Campaign
  • Sign up to volunteer with the Ossoff Campaign
  • Sign up to volunteer with Stacey Abrams’ voting rights organization Fair Fight Action
  • Write postcards to Georgia Democrats encouraging them to vote by January 5. You buy the postcards through the website and stamps on your own. The simple message is provided. ACT NOW TO ASSURE TIMELY RECEIPT OF YOUR POSTCARDS. Postcards to be mailed to GA voters between December 26 and 28. 
  • Consider splitting a contribution between the Jon Ossoff Senate Campaign and the Raphael Warnock Senate Campaign.

The Youth Club

The Youth Club at Orange County High School (Young Democrats) sponsored the Unity Block Party at Veteran's Park on Saturday, November 14. Close to 60 high school and middle school students enjoyed games, music by DJ Marvelous (Richard Johnson), and B-Radd & Honey Ice Cream Truck (Tami Waters). Martha Roby, Town of Orange Mayor, joined with a warm greeting on a chilly day. The Youth leadership consists of Raniya Bright, Trenton Matthews, Solo Mthethwa, and Nia Robinson. The event was planned as a way to give a mental health break for students after their first quarter of school and the tense political elections. OCDC is proud of The Youth Club for the fun way they expressed care for their fellow students.
(L-R) Mayor Martha Roby, Raniya Bright, Nia Robinson, Trenton Matthews, Solo Mthethwa
(L-R) Trenton Matthews; Elaine and Joe Freeland, OCDC Co-chairs; Sydney Klich; Ellen Wessel

Redistricting 2021

As Virginians look toward our House of Delegates election on November 2, 2021, there’s focus on two aspects of redistricting, the new amendment to the Virginia Constitution and the federal government’s delivery of census data.

With the amendment approved in November, Virginia voters set in motion a new bipartisan commission to redraw boundaries of the state’s congressional and General Assembly districts. The commission will include eight lawmakers from the General Assembly and eight citizens. The lawmakers are already selected. The citizens will be chosen by a panel of retired circuit court judges from a list of names put forward by the legislators. They will be seated by January 15. All meetings of the commission will be open to the public, and all records and documents related to its work will be public information.

The starting point to establish new boundaries is the 2020 census data. In all likelihood new census data will not be made available to the commission before April, more than a month later than required for Virginia to have new maps in place and maintain the schedule of primaries and elections.

The potential impact of the delay is that Virginia may have to move the June 8, 2021, Democratic primary for the House of Delegates. It's unknown how this would affect the primary schedule for statewide offices. It’s possible that Virginia will be allowed to use the existing maps for the 2021 election of the House of Delegates and then hold a special election in 2022 using the new maps. --Stay tuned!  

Note: If you don't already have this site bookmarked, here is an excellent source for current, comprehensive, non-partisan information:
Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP).

Letters to the Editor 
Orange County Review

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