The Chestnut Monday Report

September 28, 2020


  • Date - Tuesday, September 29th 2020

  • Time - 9 P.M. to 10:30 P.M. ET

  • Network - CNN, Fox News, CBS, ABC, C-SPAN, NBC AND MSNBC

  • Where - Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland 

  • Moderator - Chris Wallace 

  • Selected Topics of Discussion Include - The Trump and Biden Records, COVID-19, The Supreme Court, The Integrity of the Election, The Economy, and Race & Violence in Our Cities.

  • 15 Minutes to Discuss Each Topic


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

Please save the date and join us Thursday, October 1 at 6 PM to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! 

Gainesville Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration! 

Date: Thursday October 1, 2020

Time: 6:00-7:30 PM

  • Join the Biden Campaign and the Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida Alachua County Chapter as we come together to talk about the issues that matter to you with guest speakers City Commissioner David Arreola, Elected official Yvonne Hinson FL HD 20, candidate for FL HD 21 Dr. Kayser Enneking, Natascha Otero Santiago Founder of Boricuas con Biden and Parranda PR, Victoria Gomez from Migrant Education,  and our very own María Eugenia Zelaya VP of the DHCF Alachua County and Veronica "Ronnie" Medina Secretary of the DHCF Alachua County. 

Upcoming Events

Make Calls to Get Out the Vote in Gainesville!

Sign up today! You’ll get a link to join your "Get Out the Vote" virtual phone bank on the day of the event.

To elect Joe Biden and Democrats up and down the ticket on November 3rd, we have to organize our community to get out and vote! We will be hosting a virtual phone bank to call on our neighbors and friends to get involved. 

Making calls is an easy way to take action from home. Whether it’s your first time making calls or you’re a veteran phone banker, we need your help! Together, we can win this election on November 3rd.

The link to sign up is
For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Joshua Hanson at

Poll Greeters stand outside polling sites and offer voters a leaflet listing the candidates and issues the Alachua County Democratic Party has endorsed or opposes. The purpose of Greeters is to educate, encourage, and enable voters to not only vote for Biden and Harris, but also to vote the entire ballot, ensuring that all of our candidates are successful and that the issues we care about are enacted or defeated.

A mask that will protect Greeters and identify them as representatives of the Alachua County Democratic Party will be provided, as will a packet containing leaflets and instructions.

Greeters will be assigned 2-hour stints at all 6 Early Voting locations from Oct. 19 through the 31st and to all precincts on Election Day, November 3rd.

If you can volunteer for one - or several -- stints, please email the following:

Robin West - 
(if you want to greet at the Reitz Union)

Margaret Boonstra -
-  or  - 
Charna Cohn -
(if you wish to Greet at any other precinct(s))

Let them know of your preference for dates, times (morning, noon, or late afternoon), and locations, and they will get back to you to arrange your assignment(s).

Attention: Voter Education

Returning Your Vote by Mail Ballot

Voters can either choose to mail back their ballot via the US Postal Service or drop it off in a secure dropbox. We encourage everyone to return their ballot without delay and vote Democrat all the way down the ballot. 

  • To turn in your ballot, you can either mail it back, turn it in at an early voting site, or the white dropbox at the Supervisor of Elections office. 

  • We encourage voters to return their ballots without delay, to allow for plenty of time for their ballot to arrive by Election Day. We recommend that you mail yours by October 15th!

  • Your ballot MUST be received by November 3rd, 2020 at 7:00 PM. We encourage everyone to vote early and get their ballots in as soon as possible!  

For more information, visit or call the Supervisor of Elections at (352) 374-5252.

For any questions about voting, call the voter protection hotline at (833) VOTE-FLA.

This is the dropbox outside of the Supervisor of Elections office, where you can drop off your Vote by Mail Ballot! 
Josiah T. Walls Building • 515 North Main Street, Suite 300 • Gainesville, FL 32601
Exciting News...
The Alachua County Democratic Party Office has Reopened!!!

901 NW 8th Ave, 12:00-3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Call us at: (352) 373-1730

A Dose of Joe

September 27th, Vice President Biden delivered remarks on what President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee means for American’s future, rights, livelihood and their access to affordable and quality health care. Biden urged Americans to vote and let their Senators know that they want to be heard before the Senate votes to confirm a new Justice. And he also urged every Senator to take a step back and do what is right for the country. You can watch his full remarks HERE

Kamala Harris will travel to Raleigh, North Carolina to deliver remarks on the Supreme Court and what's at stake in this election for the American people, from the Affordable Care Act to other issues affecting their everyday lives. After, Senator Harris will participate in a Sister to Sister meets Shop Talk roundtable to hear directly from Black North Carolinians and highlight the importance of voting to effect change.

Jill Biden will travel to Madison and Waukesha, Wisconsin. In Madison, Biden will participate in a “Get Out the Vote” event as ballots continue to be mailed to voters across the state and will discuss the numerous ways Wisconsinites can cast their ballot this year, including by mail, at a dropbox location, early in-person, or in-person on election day. In Waukesha, she will give remarks on Vice President Biden’s Build Back Better plan to help Wisconsin’s economy recover from the pandemic and discuss his proposals to lower health care costs and protect coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

September 27th, former Pennsylvania Republican Governor TomRidge endorsed Joe Biden for President of the United States. In an op-ed in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Governor Ridge wrote, “Joe Biden has the experience and empathy necessary to help us navigate not only the pandemic, but also other issues that have fractured our nation, including social injustice, income inequality, and immigration reform.”

Superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced his support for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in a video yesterday. Johnson cited Biden and Harris’ compassion and heart, as well as their long careers standing with working families.

Joe's Social Media to Amplify


The truth is the economy wasn’t working for folks long before these crises hit. It’s why @KamalaHarris and I won’t just build back to the way things were — we’ll build back better. We won’t be satisfied until the economy starts working for everyone.


Thank you @TheRock for your support at this critical moment for our nation. You said it best: This election is about earning the respect of the American people. It’s about decency. It’s about electing leaders who tell the truth. Thanks again, DJ. Next time we’re talking cars.



Jill, Kamala, Doug, and our families all extend our warmest wishes to all who observe Yom Kippur. May you have an easy and meaningful fast. And may you be sealed in the Book of Life.



JUSTICE GINSBURG: [The] Constitution begins with the words, “We the people of the United States in order to form a more perfect union.” Think about how things were in 1787. Who were ‘We the people’? Certainly not people who were held in human bondage because the original Constitution preserves slavery. Certainly not women whatever their color and not even men who own no property. It was a rather elite group, ‘We the people,’ but I think the genius of our Constitution is what Justice Thurgood Marshall said. He said he doesn’t celebrate the original Constitution but he does celebrate what the Constitution has become, now well over two centuries. That is the concept of “We the people” has become ever more inclusive. People who were left out at the beginning – slaves, women, men without property, native Americans – were not part of ‘We the people.’ Now all the once left out people are part of our political constituency. We are certainly a more perfect union as a result of that.

Important Resources & Numbers

  • Vote by Mail Information

  • Florida Online Voter Registration

  • (833) 868-3352 - Voter Assistance Hotline

  • Alachua County Democratic Party Headquarters | 352.373.1730

  • Florida Democratic Party Voter Protection Hotline | 833.VOTE.FLA

  • Alachua County Supervisor of Elections | 352.374.5252 (Spanish: 833.803.0613)

    • Email:

Check out one of my interns' op-ed in the Gainesville Sun!
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Key Dates to Prepare for November 3

Monday, September 28: Vote By Mail Ballots drop in Alachua County


Monday, October 5: Last day to Register to Vote!
Register Online:

Early Voting, October 19-October 31,
9am-6pm, at six voting sites:

Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office

Branch Libraries at Tower or Millhopper Roads

Legacy Park Multipurpose Center

Orange Heights Baptist Church

Reitz Union (Career Connection Center)


Saturday, October 24: Last day to request Vote by Mail Ballot to be mailed


General Election 7am-7pm November 3rd
VBM Ballots due by 7pm

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