Alachua County Democratic Party

11/12/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/12/2019 13:51

From the Chair's Desk: FDP and ACDEC Updates

ACDEC Newsletter - November 12th, 2019
Cynthia Moore Chestnut, Chair

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

One Year Out Weekend of Action - November 3rd, 2020

Last weekend we hosted one of the largest weekends of action this far out from a General Election in FDP history! Your hard work translated into over 1,300 registered voters in the first week of November, putting us on pace to make November our largest voter registration month to date. Here are our numbers as of Friday, November 8:
  • 18,804 registered voters
  • 63.5% are Democrats
  • 57.7% are 18-34 years old
  • 59.9% are persons of color
A huge thank you to everyone who is working to create the electorate we need to win in 2020!

Tampa Blue Bench Regional Training

We've set a goal to double the number of trained Democrats running for office than we had in 2015. We have already trained over 100 candidates and are planning trainings across the state in the months leading up to summer filing deadlines.

Our next Blue Bench Training is November 16 in Tampa. This free, in-person training will focus on the fundamental aspects of running a campaign in Florida, including fundraising, messaging, digital communications, and field operations.

FDP Cyber Security Webinars

FDP's Chief Technology Officer Dale Gibler is hosting a webinar training series to provide the best possible tools to help ensure we are each ready to protect our democracy from cyber attackers.

Register for the Trainings Here »

Trainings will be offered at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Each course will be 40-45 minutes.

Fake News & Deep Fakes - November 12
Cyber Security Practices & Tools - November 14
Mobile Security & IOT's - November 19
Basic Cyber Security Auditing - November 21
Incident Response & Disaster Recovery Planning - November 26
Securing Social Media Accounts - December 2

The Cyber Security Basics training is being offered again on December 9 at 10:30 a.m. and December 10 at 1:00 p.m. This course is 75 minutes.

Focus on the Environment

FDP is focusing on environmental issues and how our positions differ from our opponents'. Our Communications and Digital Teams have several events planned for the week:

  • Wednesday, November 13, Facebook Live Environmental Roundtable (watch for time announcement)
  • Friday, November 15, 2 p.m. Twitter Chat with coalition partners on Climate Change
October Incentive Grant Winners

Congratulations to the following DECs that achieved their October Voter Registration or VBM Incentive Grant goals:

  • Alachua
  • Brevard
  • Citrus
  • Collier
  • DeSoto
  • Lee
  • Miami-Dade
  • Okaloosa
  • Martin
  • Orange
  • Palm Beach
  • Pasco
  • Pinellas
  • Sarasota
  • Seminole
  • Volusia

We registered 4,626 voters in October, a 50% increase over September! The Incentive Grant checks will be mailed next week.

Our Data Team is in the process of updating the November Incentive Grant goals; they will be similar to previous goals. The Leader Board with goals and live results can be viewed here.

6th Annual Black History Month Essay Contest
'What African American leader inspires you...why?'
Cash Prizes

1st Place: $200
2nd Place: $150
3rd Place: $100
Due: January 20th, 2020

The Alachua County Democratic Party is proud to sponsor our 6th Annual Black History Month Essay contest for middle schoolers in our community.
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. The history of African Americans is full of fascinating stories, rich culture, strong leaders, and courageous acts.
For example, President Barack Obama, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ida B. Wells, Maya Angelou, Colin Kapernick, Lebron James, Beyoncé, or someone in your family or community-who has inspired you to greater heights? We have cited a few for your consideration, the list is endless for inspirational leaders, certainly not limited to the ones we have listed.
All middle schoolers in Alachua County are invited to submit an entry. Essays are capped at 500 words. No citations are required. Please include your name, school, email address and contact telephone on your essay.
Essays are due January 20th, 2020 and may be submitted by email to:
[email protected] or by mail to
Dr. Cynthia Moore Chestnut,
Essay Contest
P.O. Box 5216
Gainesville, FL, 32627.
Should you have questions or need further clarification please contact Dr. Chestnut at: 352-317-8291, [email protected]

Please contact any middle school aged person you know and tell them about this wonderful opportunity.

'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 now 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.

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 [email protected]

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