Operation Green Light, Silent Auction, Democratic Merchandise available
ACDEC Newsletter - October 3, 2019 
Cynthia Moore Chestnut, Chair

Democratic Party Center
901 NW 8th Avenue, Suite A-3, Gainesville, FL
Tel: (352) 373-1730

Operation Green Light 

This October the Alachua County Clerk of the Court J.K. Jess Irby will be participating in a state-wide initiative to get people back on the road and save money in the process. The event is called Operation Green Light and it will be held the week of October 14th from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.  

Alachua County residents with suspended driver’s licenses will have an opportunity to pay overdue court fees without interest or extra fees. Citizens will have the opportunity to save up to 35% in additional fees and have their license reinstated. Debtors can pay back their fines in full or set up payment plans.   

“This is part of one collective effort by the Clerks of the state to help people get back on the road,” said Alachua County Clerk of the Court J.K. “Jess” Irby.  

Participants can either come into the Clerk of Court’s Office or contact the Clerk over the phone. Questions about the event can be addressed over email, clerk@alachuaclerk.org or over the phone at (352)-374-3636.  

In May there were 81,000 cases of unpaid court fees in Alachua County totaling 42 million dollars. 

“Hopefully the word gets out and we get and enormous turn-out,” Irby said. “People should pounce on this opportunity.” 

 88 cases were cleared in June when a similar program was run, resulting in individuals saving nearly $6,000 in collection agency fees. 

Though the event is geared towards those with license restrictions, former felons can pay off their court fees without interest or collection fees and have their voting rights restored.  

This is an opportunity to save money and get back on the road, open to all Alachua County residents.  

Silent Auction 

The silent auction raised a record-breaking $10,000 last year for the ACDEC, thanks to all of our dear donors’ generosity. The deadline to donate items to the silent auction is October 16th and is quickly approaching. The money raised at this year’s Gala are the very funds that will fuel our local campaigns going into the 2020 Presidential election. This year’s fundraising drive is the most critical one yet. That cannot be overstated. So please, please consider making a donation to be auctioned off in support of your local Democratic Party. Some guidelines for donations and the contact information for the individuals on the Silent Auction Committee follows:

Guidelines for donating:

  • Business owners: gift certificates, products, and services all make popular auction items! As a donor, your business’ name will be printed as an official sponsor in the event program; your business and product will receive exposure to over 500 Gala attendees. 
  • Individuals: past popular items have been unique experiences (one donor who enjoys deep-sea-fishing donated an exclusive fishing getaway on his boat last year), gift certificates, jewelry, art, baskets of theme-based items, and time from your profession- an hour or two of professional consultation or a lesson on something you’re an expert at. Your name, too, will be featured in our souvenir program as an esteemed donor.
  • In keeping with our theme of acting LOCALLY, a unique gift that represents our Alachua County culture or a gift certificate from one of your favorite LOCAL businesses would make a terrific gift.
  • We encourage donations of $50 or more (these items seem to do best at the auction) but can accept items of lesser value.


Points of Contact for the 21st Lawton Chiles Silent Auction Committee:

Sylvia MacIntyre-Crook, phone: (352)-256-3529 email: sycrook1@cox.net
Suzanne Kiker, phone: (352)-378-4966
Mary White, phone: (352)-373-1618
Zach Anthony, phone: (850)-348-2315

Alachua County Democratic Party Merchandise      
Additionally, we will be offering wine glasses. For a donation of $15 you will receive one wine glass and for a donation of $25 you can get two wine glasses. They will be available at the Chiles Gala and you can reserve your wine glasses by emailing acdecchair@gmail.com.

We're now offering shirts for you to show your Democratic pride! We will be accepting donations of $20 for a T-shirt. The donation may be made via debit or check, no cash donations accepted. To reserve one, simply email your size and name to acdecchair@gmail.com.

Get in the holiday spirit with the ACDEC!!

New YouTube Channel

The interns have been hard at work and are ready to unveil their new ACDEC YouTube Channel. The purpose of this channel is to help educate, interact, and inspire new, hesitant voters. They will offer educational videos that help to explain things like Open and Closed primaries, Voting by Mail, and Provisional Ballots. 

You can access the channel at the link below
Please Like and Subscribe.
Please share ideas that you have for future programs. 


"Don't BOO Vote"

Due to other events on National Voter Registration Day, we've decided to instead hold a "Don't BOO Vote" event on October 31st in Turlington Plaza. If you'd like to table with us, please email acdecchair@gmail.com to volunteer.

Join us for these Upcoming Events

October 4, 2019:
Event: University of Florida Homecoming After Jam (Gospel Rally)
2 PM (After Parade) 
Citizen Field Park

October 9, 2019:
Event: Alachua County Democratic Party General Body Meeting
6 PM - 8 PM
Alachua County School Board, 620 East University Avenue

October 12, 2019
Event: Downtown Latino Festival
10 AM - 6 PM
Bo Diddley Plaza

October 12, 2019
Event: Butterfly Festival

10 AM - 4 PM
Florida Museum of Natural History 

October 12 - 13th, 2019
Event: Thornebrook Art Festival

10 AM - 5 PM
Thornebrook Village Shopping

Get Involved - Turn Florida Blue 
Help the Democrats in 2020 and Join the "Blue Wave" 

Interested in volunteering with the Alachua County Democratic Party? Want to participate in canvassing, registering voters, text banking or tabling? Fill out the form at the link below! Upon filling out this form, you will be contacted by the Alachua County Democrats for scheduling. Help us engage with voters in your community and help us win in 2020. Join the team. 


Get Involved with our Clubs and Caucuses 

Black Caucus

2nd Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. |  G-TEC 2513 SE Hawthorne Rd  |  Juanita Miles-Hamilton (352)-538-6502

Hispanic Caucus

2nd Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. |  ACDEC Office 901 NW 8th Ave  |  Marcie Stefan(786)-271-9503

Women’s Club

3rd Monday, 11:30 a.m. | Santa Fe CIED Bldg 530 W University Ave  |  Linda Williams (352)-222-9382

Stonewall Democrats

2nd Thursday, 5:30 p.m. |  Pride Community Center 3131 NW 13th St  |  Carol Gordon (352)-682-1883

College Democrats

Every Monday, 7:00 p.m. |  Weil Hall, Room 270 1949 Stadium Rd  |  Matt Barocas president@ufdems.org

Young Democrats

1st Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.  |  ACDEC Office 901 NW 8th Ave  |  Casey Wilits        (722)-985-4540

Democrats Veteran’s Caucus


Democrats with Disabilities


Campaign Committee

4th Thursday, 12:00 noon  |  Santa Fe- Downtown Board Room 401 NW 6th St  |    Cynthia Chestnut (352)-317-8291

Membership and Credentials Committee 

3rd Sunday, 3:00 p.m  |  ACDEC Office 901 NW 8th Ave  |  Doris Harvey (352)-214-0693

History Committee

3rd Wednesday, 4:00 p.m.  |  ACDEC Office 901 NW 8th Ave  |  Jake Gordon     (352)-727-7510

Congratulations to two of our interns, Alana Rush and David Kays, for winning Student Government Senate Seats this past week!
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