MAY 3, 2021
Orange County Precinct 202 sits in a quiet and picturesque agricultural community.

Message from our Co-chairs
Joe and Elaine Freeland


“America is on the move again turning peril into possibility, crisis to opportunity, setbacks into strength,” stated President Biden in his address to Congress, Wednesday, April 28.

Since then, much has been written about the speech, its historic setting, delivery, and content. Historically set with two women on the dais, President Biden spoke with humility and grace. As his eyes swept the sparse gathering, he spoke not of himself, but of what others have done and legislation and policy that will benefit all. Which legislators were listening? Which legislators thought of benefit to constituents? Which legislators were crafting substantive ideas to take to the bargaining table? Let’s hope enough were touched by President Biden’s authenticity and humanity that when he gives his 2022 State of the Union Address, the message will be, “Together, we have accomplished so much.” 

Orange County Democratic Committee Meeting
Saturday, May 8, 10:00 a.m.

Guest Speakers
Hala Ayala
Candidate for
Lt. Governor
Mark Herring
Attorney General
running for re-election
Please review the April minutes and May agenda in preparation for the meeting.

Zoom link (Zoom opens at 9:45 a.m.)
Dial in if you cannot join with video:                          
301 715 8592  
Meeting ID: 854 7284 9447
Passcode: 073146

Lake of the Woods Democratic Club Meeting Wednesday, May 12, 1:00 p.m.

Guest Speaker
Jay Jones 
Candidate for Attorney General

Zoom link to be provided.

Discussion of Candidates for Nomination
Are you having a hard time deciding for whom to vote?  Here’s an opportunity to perhaps help with that decision. 
Following the LOW Dems meeting stay tuned on Zoom for a discussion of the Democratic candidates running for nomination to the three statewide offices. If you have made decisions for candidates, we welcome your rationale for choices. If you can’t decide, feel free to share your dilemma and ask questions.

Precinct in the Spotlight

Election Day 2020: First time voter Myles Johnson flanked by parents Tim and Bridget.

Precinct 202 - Mine Run Fire Department

What’s in a name? Most of the Mine Run Fire Department Precinct is in the Virginia Gold Pyrite Belt Mining District. Around 1831 the first gold-mining company was incorporated in Virginia. The Virginia Mining Company of New York operated a lode deposit in the Grasty tract which was located just a mile from the Mine Run precinct. Abandoned gold mines within the Mine Run Precinct have names such as Young, Stuart, Saunders, Woodman and Seldon and are identified by caved shafts, pits, and dumps. Make sure to watch your step when off the beaten path! 

Located in the Locust Grove area of eastern Orange County, the Mine Run of today is a quiet and picturesque agricultural community with a growing number of suburban homes and solar farms. At the heart of the community is the Mine Run Fire Department, host to many community events including state, federal, and local elections.

Precinct Captain Hilary Weber, a Mine Run resident for forty-seven years, has strong ties to the community. A graduate of the University of Mary Washington with a degree in Sociology, Hilary works in health care specializing in assisted living. You will find her at the Fire Department on Election Day with information, sample ballots, water, and sometimes candy! Because Mine Run is rural and remote, it is sometimes difficult to staff. If you are looking to do some good for your party, consider taking a shift and help Hilary with her team. You will be happy that you did.

Key Dates for the 2021 Virginia
Democratic Primary Election

In Progress:  Absentee Voting in Person (aka Early in Person voting) at Registrar’s office
     Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm 
     Saturday, May 29, and Saturday June 5, 9am-5pm

Orange County Registrar’s Office
146 N. Madison Rd.
Orange, VA 22960

May 17:  Last day to register or make changes (e.g. new address or name)
May 28:  Last day to request a ballot to be mailed 
June 5:  Last day to Absentee Vote in Person
June 8:  DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY ELECTON DAY at your Polling Location 
November 2:  General Election

Click here for a Sample Ballot.
Click here for Orange County Election Information.
Click here for Virginia Voter Information.

Wear Orange

June 4th is National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Wear Orange to honor the victims of gun violence. Renew your commitment to ending gun violence in America by taking action and taking part in Wear Orange

Orange is the color that Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore in her honor after she was shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15 — just one week following her performance at President Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade in 2013. After her death, her friends asked us to stand up, speak out, and Wear Orange to raise awareness about gun violence.


I’m honored to announce our upcoming Zoom event with the Competitive Commonwealth Fund. It will feature two amazing members of the General Assembly as our honored guests, Sen. John Bell and Del. David Reid. Both of these legislators flipped crucial seats in retaking the majority. 

They have agreed to join because they believe Democrats like me can win in rural Virginia. 

The proceeds of this fundraiser will be split evenly between my campaign for House District 30 and the CCF, a political organization that assists races across the commonwealth. Not only will your gift be instrumental in removing Nick Freitas from office, you will be helping numerous other campaigns across Virginia. 

You can donate through this link...

Once your donation has been received, we will send the Zoom invite the day before the event. I hope you can attend!

Click the hat for online giving.

Make checks* payable to OCDC and mail to:
PO Box 613
Locust Grove, VA 22508

* If your address is not on your check please provide it.  Also, provide your occupation.  OCDC is required by law to include this information about our donors.
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