From The Chair's Desk: ACDEC Updates 1/9/2020
ACDEC Newsletter - January 9, 2020
Cynthia Moore Chestnut, Chair

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

Happy New Year!

National Convention Delegate Selection - Happening Soon!

Our Florida Congressional District Caucuses to select delegates for the National Convention are fast approaching. Paperwork to apply to be a National Convention District Delegate will be available on our website starting February 3. The deadline to apply is March 7.

Congressional District Caucuses will be Saturday, April 4.

More information can be found at

Upcoming Election March 17th, 2020

The time for early voting is quickly approaching. The Presidential Preference Primary Election will be taking place on March 17th, 2020 at your local precinct. However, early voting will take place at various locations from March 6th to March 14th. You may vote at any location regardless of your local precinct. The early voting locations are as follows:

  • Tower Road Branch Library
  • Millhopper Branch Library
  • Alachua County Supervisor of Elections
  • Orange Heights Baptist Church
  • Reitz Student Union

In order to vote at early voting locations please bring a valid photo ID, we recommend bringing two forms of ID to ensure a smooth voting process. For any questions regarding voting, call (352) 374-5252.

In addition to voting on Election Day you have a third option: Vote by Mail. Any registered voter may vote by mail.

You can request Vote-By-Mail ballots via, in person, by mail, by telephone or by fax. Requests must include your:

  • Name
  • Current legal residence address (no post office boxes)
  • Date of birth
  • Signature (mail and fax requests only)

All other information regarding vote-by-mail ballots can be found on the Vote Alachua website or by contacting (352) 374-5252.

Local Democratic Candidates Qualified for the Gainesville City Commission Election:
Gainesville City Commission at Large 2

  • Scherwin L. Henry
  • Gabe Kaimowitz
  • Reina E. Saco
Gainesville City Commission District 2
  • Harvey L. Ward Jr.

Gainesville City Commission District 3

  • David I. Arreola
King Celebration 2020 Events

Monday, January 20, 2020 King Holiday Activities 

11:00 am 
Hall of Fame Award Enshrinement Program MLK Memorial Gardens 200 E. University Ave.
Hall of Fame Honoree: Ms.Nkwanda Jah
Contact: Rodney J. Long @ 352-376-2442
Event Sponsor: MLK Commission

12:00 noon
National Holiday Kick-Off Program
Location: Bo Diddley Downtown Community Plaza
Edna M. Hart Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Award Recipient: Mr.Spencer Gregory, Jr. P.K. Yonge Research School
Contact: Rodney J. Long @ 352-376-2442
Event Sponsor: MLK Commission

1:00 pm
King Celebration Annual Commemorative March
Location: MLK Memorial Gardens to MLK Multi-Purpose Center 1028 NE 14th St
Contact: Rodney Long @ 352- 376-2442
Event Sponsors: Cox Communications, Coca-Cola Beverages of Florida 

2:00 pm
National Holiday Gospel Program Featuring: National Recording Artist Bethune Cookman Gospel Choir
Admission: Free
Location: MLK Multi-Purpose Center 1028 NE 14th st.
Contact: Janice Nix Crews @ 352-214-1044 UF Health

King Celebration 2020 Events 

Wednesday, January 15 2020 @ 6:30 pm
Town Hall Symposium: “The Impact of the Marajuana Industry On the African American Community”
Location: MLK Multi-Purpose Center, 1028 NE 14th St., Gainesville, FL
Contact: AuBroncee Martin @ 352-214-7314
Event Sponsors: Infinite Energy, Josiah T Walls Bar Assoc., MLKCOF 

Thursday & Friday January 16-17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Star Center Theatre and MLK Presents: “ THE WATSON’S GO TO BIRMINGHAM”
Location: MLK Multi-Purpose Center 1028, NE 14th St., Gainesville, FL
Contact: Diyonne McGraw @ 352-246-8071
Event Sponsor: GRU Admission is Free 

Saturday, January 18, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
“The MLK Sport-A-Thon Classic”
Location: GHS Track & Gym
Sponsors: MB Listing/Siatech Charter HS/Body Armor & Coke Gainesville & MLK Commission
Contact: Wayne Fields @ 352-281-0356 

Saturday, January 18, 2020 @ 6:30 pm
Delta Sigma Zeta Chapter: “A Royal Affair: The Centennial Celebration”
Location: Wyndham Garden 2900 SW 13th St., Gainesville, FL Cost: $75.00
Contact: Yvette Carter @ 352-317-7857 

Sunday, January 19, 2020 @ 4:00pm
Story Time Featuring Vivian Filer presenting “Storiespoeticallytold”
Location: Cotton Club 837 SE 7th Avenue, Gainesville, FL
Contact: Vivian Filer @ 352-262-8321 

Sunday, January 19, 2020 @ 6:30
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Mu Upsilon Omega Chapter Founders’ Day
Location: Abiding Faith Christian Church 6529 NW 39th Avenue, Gainesville, FL
Contact: Diyonne McGraw @ 352-246-8071


Organizing Corps 2020

Applications are available for Organizing Corps 2020 7-Day Bootcamp and 5-Week Immersion paid training programs! We are working with Organizing Corps 2020, Florida Young Democrats, and Florida College Democrats to recruit and train Florida college students to be the next generation of organizers for the general election.

If you know of good candidates in college, have them apply at You can also find applications at @orgcorps2020 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The deadline to apply for the March 16-22 Bootcamp is January 13, 2020.

"Sipping Red, Voting Blue" Wine Glass Order Form

Due to popular demand, we've posted a pre-order form for the wine glasses displayed at the Chiles Gala. Once ordered, they can be picked up at the ACDEC Office and paid for via check or credit card.

"Voting Blue No Matter Who" T-Shirt Order

The T-Shirt displayed at the Chiles Gala is able to be purchased via order form for specialty sizes and for restocking of sizes that weren't available at the Gala. They can be picked up at the ACDEC Office and paid for via check and credit card.

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