Party Newsletter 

August 27, 2019

Important information

- 2019 Chiles Gala 
- Voter Registration Update 
- Meet our Fall 2019 Interns 
- Delegates to State Convention 
- Voter Registration Training
- Amendment 4 Research 
- Upcoming Events 
- Help The Democrats in 2020 

2019 Chiles Gala 
Sunday, October, 27 2019 

21st Annual Lawton Chiles Gala Silent Auction - DONATIONS NEEDED NOW

The ever-popular Lawton Chiles Gala Silent Auction will be back again this year (10/27) and we intend to make this one our most extraordinary yet! The silent auction raised a record-breaking $10,000 last year for the ACDEC, thanks to all of our dear donors’ generosity. 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, 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
  • Suzanne Kiker, phone: (352)-378-4966
  • Mary White, phone: (352)-373-1618
  • Zach Anthony, phone: (850)-348-2315

Donations that require NO special instructions/storage (e.g. homemade cheesecake), care, are small enough to fit in a moving box, and not fragile can be dropped off at the ACDEC headquarters lobby. The address for that location is:

901 NW 8th Ave, 
Suite A3 
Gainesville, Fl, 

Donations that DO have special instructions, require special care, are too cumbersome to fit in a moving box, and/or are fragile should be arranged with one of the points of contact for the Silent Auction Committee. They will be pleased to here from you and they are experienced coordinating these out-of-the-box (literally!) donations. 

Thank you so much for your immense generosity last year. Now we need the same thing to happen again-AND we need you to get your friends and family to donate too! Help us head into 2020 with the tools we need to spell victory.

Get Tickets

Please join us for an amazing night on October 27 and help support Alachua County Democrats. There will be Dinner with a vegetarian option, a silent auction, entertainment and and a champagne reception. The committee is hard at work planning this fantastic event. 

You can buy tickets with Act Blue 

Or you can mail your check to ACDEC P.O. Box 5216 Gainesville FL, 32627

The deadline to purchase tickets is September 15th! If you have questions please contact Cynthia Moore Chestnut,

Voter Registration Update 

This past month we registered 40 new voters at various events in Gainesville. Our teams worked diligently at the "Stop the Violence" Back to School Event, Ganesville Health and Fitness Center, and at Target Copy. Consult our "Upcoming Events" and  "Get involved" sections to find ways you can register more new voters for 2020. 

Meet our Fall 2019 Interns 

Victoria Lancet
Events Lead, Newsletter, Communications 

Victoria Lancet is a third-year student, originally from Tampa, Florida,  at the University of Florida studying political science and history. She will be helping to coordinate the 21st Annual Lawton Chiles Gala.

Cristina Cabada
Tabling/Canvassing Lead, Data Team, Hispanic Caucus      

Christina is a second year student at the University of Florida studying political science and Arabic. 

Damon Veras
Precinct Captains Support and Outreach Lead 

Damon is a Political Science major at the University of Florida. He is currently working on engaging precinct leaders to develop voter registration. 

Zachary Anthony
Silent Auction Lead, Data Team, Annual Report 

Is a senior at UF double majoring in economics and philosophy, with a minor leadership. He plans to use his financial, ethical, and political knowledge to uplift the ACDEC as we chart the course for a historic 2020 victory! Zach spends his free time operating his business and writing-both fiction and nonfiction." 

Will Bullen
Communications Lead, Assistant Editor of the Newsletter 

is a Freshman Political Science major at the University of Florida. Will is excited and eager to participate in the political process and hopes to one day work as a campaign manager. Will likes to spend his spare time in the outdoors, exploring nature and playing sports. 

Ana Veliz
Precinct Captains Support and Outreach, Canvassing/Voter Registration, Hispanic Caucus 

Ana is a junior at the University of Florida and an aspiring law student majoring in Political Science. I hope to apply my experience with the public sector and minority groups as a means to reach and engage our voters as we gear up to welcome the 2020 presidential elections.

Marina Fortun
Voter Registration Lead, Communications Team, Data Team 

Marina is a senior at the University of Florida, double-majoring in Political Science and International Studies. She hopes to apply her previous knowledge in working with other campaigns to help register as many voters as possible and get  all Democrats perform well in 2020.

David Kays
Assistant Editor of Newsletter

David is a second year student at the University of Florida, majoring in Political science. He hopes to utilize lessons learned from the Bob Graham Center and various student organizations on campus to help register voters and promote the Democratic Party in Alachua County.

Anton Kernohan
Voter Registration Lead, Communications Team, YouTube Channel Team, Annual Report 

Anton Kernohan is a second year pre-law student at the University of Florida, pursuing a double major in Political Science and Criminology. With his education and his internship as a Voter Registration lead, he hopes to apply these experiences to a future as an environmental lawyer for the UN

Chloe Smith Lopez
Annual Report Lead, Data Captain, Voter Registration Committee

Chloe Smith Lopez is a senior at the University of Florida, studying International Agricultural Economics. She hopes to eventually achieve a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics so as to promote international cooperation and the marriage of economics with environmentally friendly policies. With her experience in working with local agribusinesses and skills with data analysis, she cannot wait to help the party work for a blue victory in 2020.

Alana Rush
Assistant Events Lead, 
Voter Registration Committee, Communications Team, Hispanic Caucus  

Alana Rush is a fourth-year student studying political science and history at the University of Florida. She plans on working towards her M.A. in International Relations after completing her bachelor’s. After that, she aspires to receive her J.D. to practice criminal or constitutional law. Alana hopes to apply her knowledge from previous her political experiences to be work towards a blue triumph in 2020.

The DEC is here to help you! Our staff of interns have been contacting precinct leaders and we want to know how we can best serve you. As a party we need to unite for 2020 and that begins mobilizing and increasing voter turnout. Let us know if we can do anything to help you engage with the voters in your district.

Our Office Hours are Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Contact us at (352)-373-1710 
Delegates to the State Convention
The deadline to apply to be a delegate to the State Convention is quickly approaching. Contact the DEC chair and apply by August 30th click here for more information

Delegates will be elected at the General Meeting on September 11 and this year's State Convention will take place October 11-13, 2019 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
Amendment 4 and the Effects of Senate Bill 7066
University of Florida Professor Daniel Smith has conducted research that concludes a new state law will block more than 80% of felons that have just regained their right to vote through passage of Amendment 4.  

The law, that was recently signed by Governor Ron DeSantis, will require felons to have paid all fines, fees and court-ordered financial restitution before they can register to vote. This new law will disproportionately affect the African American community. 

Read more about how this law is affecting Florida voters by clicking the link below.
Voter Registration Training For All Precinct Leaders

There will be two Voter Registration Trainings next month

When: September 10th, 6 p.m.
Where: Supervisor of Elections Office 515 N Main St

When: September 28th, 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. *
Where: Santa Fe College CIEd 
*includes VAN Training 

If interested email


Upcoming Events 

UF College Democrats Meeting 
Monday, August 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. | Little Hall Room 101 

International Food Truck Rally* 
Sunday, August 25, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. | First Magnitude 

Mercado Latino*
Sunday, September 8, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. | First Magnitude 

Hispanic Caucus 
Tuesday September 10, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. | Alachua County Democratic Party 

Black Caucus 
Tuesday, September 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. | Gainseville Technology Entrepreneurship Center

Global Youth Climate Strike*
Friday, September 20, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. | Gainseville City Hall 

Day of Peace*
Saturday, September 24, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. | Depot Park  

National Voter Registration Day: UF Campus* 
Tuesday, September 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | University of Florida Campus
ACDEC will be working in conjunction with the College Democrats

National Voter Registration Day: Alachua County Library District 
Tuesday, September 24, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. | Downtown/Headquarters Branch Library, Millhopper Branch Library, Tower Road Branch Library
Sponsored by the Supervisor of Elections 

National Voter Registration Day (One Day Later): Santa Fe College 
Wednesday, September 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Santa Fe College Main Campus 

* Voter Registration and tabling will occur at these events 

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

Interested in volunteering with the Alachua County Democratic Party for canvassing, registering voters, text banking or tabling? Fill out the questions below! Upon filling out this form, you will be later 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.

Alachua County Democratic
Executive Committee

PO Box 5216 

Gainesville, FL 32627 

Cynthia Moore Chestnut, Chair 

Democratic Party Center

901 NW 8th Avenue, Suite A-3, Gainesville, FL 

Tel: (352) 373-1730 

July 3, 2019

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