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JULY 5, 2021
Precinct 302--From the bridge in Rapidan connecting Orange and Culpeper counties,
you can see the dam and the concrete mill that replaced an earlier structure.

Message from our Co-chairs
Joe and Elaine Freeland


Each component of the American Flag has a particular symbolism. But collectively, the flag represents something different for each of us.  For many, it has stood as a symbol of freedom and justice since it was officially adopted on June 14, 1777. Others see it as an aspirational symbol where freedom, equality, and social justice continue to be coveted goals. The flag can only be as respected as are the policies of our government. 

While staffing the Orange County Democratic Committee booth at the County Fair, we realized how obscured these values have become when a group of teens approached the booth and asked for Trump signs.  Their response to no availability of such signs was, “Then, why are you wearing that shirt?”  That shirt had an American flag on the front.  

We must not allow Our Flag to be taken over and used to manipulate Americans. Consider flying the American Flag for it is a living piece of history and symbolizes the very aspirational qualities that make our nation great: liberty, justice, freedom, equality, love of country and national purpose.

Upcoming Events

 
Orange County Democratic Committee
Virtual July Meeting

Hopefully, we will hold our last virtual meeting on July 10.  The air conditioning unit is being replaced in the OCDC office!


Jack Foley, Deputy Political Director for the Democratic Party of Virginia, will meet with the Orange County Democratic Committee during our monthly meeting on
Saturday, July 10, 10:00 a.m. He will talk about DPVA Party Services, advertise some events, and discuss how DPVA can be helpful in the lead-up to Election Day 2021 and beyond.


Please review the 
June minutes and agenda in preparation for the meeting.

Join the 
Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 898 4240 7712
Passcode: 497267
Join by phone:
1 301 715 8592 

 

 
Tri-County Fundraiser to Support 
Annette Hyde

Guest Speaker Rep. Abigail Spanberger
at Lake of the Woods Community Center, Locust Grove
Sponsored by Orange, Madison, and Culpeper Democratic Committees; and Lake of the Woods Democratic Club.


Saturday, July 24, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Link to the Act Blue page to register: 


https://secure.actblue.com/donate/tcf

Minimum donation $25. 
 

The Youth
2021 - 2022 Officers

Solo Mthethwa 
President
Nia Robinson
Vice President
Simonette Scipio
Secretary
Jude Metlon
Treasurer and Representative to the Executive Committee
Officers not pictured are Jackson Hamilton, Historian;
and Raniya Bright, Board Member.

ORANGE COUNTY FAIR 2021

The intrepid Sandra Smith, Precinct Operations Chair 

The Orange County Democratic Committee had a bold presence at the County Fair, June 23-26, with two spaces framed by campaign signs from our candidates. By having a booth, we spread the word that Democrats in Orange County are alive and well, and that our candidates will work for all when elected.  We were equipped with a keg of water, candy, animal stickers, handouts for candidates, voter registration materials, and OCDC signup sheets. With short notice, volunteers helped set up, staff, and take down the booth.  Orange County Dems rock!

Precinct in the Spotlight

Election Day: November 3, 2020
Precinct 302 - Unionville Elementary School 

A series of Democrats have led the way for our party in the Unionville Elementary School Precinct, particularly on election days. Wayne Garnett, the longtime precinct captain, continues to help set up the voting location each election day. He passed the reins of precinct captain to Gail Marshall, who is retiring.  Thank you, Art and Ann Sanderson, for now assuming the responsibility. 

The village of Rapidan anchors a western corner of the precinct which includes parts of the village on the Orange County side of the Rapidan River.  The village began in the late 18th century as a small milling community known as Waugh’s Ford. The one-room schoolhouse built in 1887 and later used as a library is a Virginia Historic Landmark. It is preserved by the community and opens to the public

As the Rapidan River flows northeast from the village toward its convergence with the Rappahannock, it provides a long boundary for the Unionville precinct.  Similar to most precincts in Orange County, Unionville is rural with a topography of rolling hills to small mountains near the river and flat farmland toward its southern boundary. The precinct is sprinkled with small crossroads communities.
Democratic Primary - June 8, 2021: Precinct Captain Gail Marshall (center) with local Electoral Board members JoAnne Speiden (left) and Lynne Lewis as they visit Precinct 302 in their rounds to all county voting locations.
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OCDC
PO Box 613
Locust Grove, VA 22508

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