From Democrats of Indian River <[email protected]>
Subject Happy New Year!
Date January 7, 2021 4:59 PM
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HAPPY 2021, DEMOCRATS!
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* We will have Joe Biden and Kamala Harris sworn in as President and Vice President in 13 Days.


* We now have a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress. Moscow Mitch is in the rearview mirror. Congratulations to Majority Leader Charles Schumer!


* Thanks to the work of so many loyal Democrats, including Florida Democrats, Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff are the new Senators in Georgia.


* On Saturday, January 9^th, Democrats will elect the new Florida Democratic Party Chair. The current field of announced candidates for the post includes Democratic National Committee member Nikki Barnes of Wakulla County; Dr. Cynthia Moore Chestnut of Gainesville, former state House member and former Alachua County commissioner; Janelle Christensen, president of the state party’s environmental caucus; former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz; Orange County DEC Chair, Wes Hodge; and Hillsborough County Democratic Party Chair Ione Townsend.


* Indian River County’s Democratic Executive Committee will be giving our six votes to Dr. Cynthia Chestnut, DEC Chair from Alachua County and former State Legislator. The total possible votes for the Chair among Florida’s 67 counties plus elected officials’ votes are 1204.


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JOE BIDEN’S INAUGURATION
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The Presidential Inaugural Committee has created a website to share updates about Inaugural events and ways to engage with the Inauguration themed, "Our Determined Democracy: Forging a More Perfect Union." The committee is working to honor the American inaugural traditions and engage Americans across the country while keeping everybody healthy and safe. Visit [link removed] for more information.

Tickets to attend the inaugural ceremony, which is under the purview of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC), may be requested through your U.S. Senator or Congressional member. The number of tickets per office, which has yet to be announced, will be very limited. Each Member of Congress gives out their allotment in a different manner, with some offices even instituting lotteries as a means of assigning tickets.


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** INDIAN RIVER COUNTY LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION MEETING
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This year Senator Mayfield will be hosting the Indian River County Legislative Delegation meeting on Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. The meeting will take place entirely online.

Note: The date changed so mark your calendars accordingly.

Indian River County Legislative Delegation members include Representative Erin Grall and Senator Mayfield. The primary purpose of this meeting is to allow government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and local citizens to address the Delegation and present their legislative priorities for the upcoming session.

If you would like to participate in the delegation meeting, you must complete a Request Form and email it to Senator Mayfield’s aide, along you’re your statement, to: [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) by January 8th, 2021.

For more information, please contact Jacob Dimond (772) 226-1970 [email protected]


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** THE DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF INDIAN RIVER
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The next meeting of the Democratic Club is Wednesday, January 13^th at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. Delores Hogan Johnson, who lost her re-election bid to the Florida House last month, will speak about the 2021 FL Legislative Session and highlight important issues, especially criminal justice reform. Delores was beaten at the last election by some "dirty tricks" by the Republican opposition. This link gives an explanation: [link removed] ([link removed])

The February Club meeting will feature Dr. David Moore, Superintendent of the Indian River Schools. That meeting is Wednesday, February 10^th at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. The first ever Club elections will be held Wednesday, March 10th at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. For more information about the election, please email [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) .


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** DEMOCRATIC WOMEN’S CLUB OF INDIAN RIVER
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County Commissioner Susan Adams will be the guest speaker at the DWC Virtual Luncheon on Saturday, January 9th at noon on Zoom. If you are not a DWC member and would like to attend, please contact Pat O'Hara at [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) .

The DWC Book Group will continue its discussion of Barack Obama's A Promised Land at the next meeting on Jan 22nd at 2 p.m. on Zoom. If you are not a DWC Book Group member and would like to attend, please contact Pat O'Hara at [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) .
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WRITE CONGRESSMAN POSEY AND LET HIM KNOW HIS POSITION AGAINST THE ELECTION OF JOE BIDEN IS NOT RIGHT

Representative Bill Posey is one of the 112 members of the House of Representatives who voted against certifying Joe Biden’s victory. This stunt was part of what became a larger insurrection against our Constitutional government of laws and processes. President Trump incited his supporters to the role of domestic terrorists as they seized the U.S. Capitol and left our legslative lawmakers fearing for their lives. All of us must write to BIll Posey and let him know this is not the behavior we expect from our U.S. Congressman and that he is culpable for the death and destruction that occurred on Capital Hill yesterday. You can contact him here:
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** COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
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** COVID-19 CASES ON THE RISE IN INDIAN RIVER COUNTY
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The daily number of cases of the coronavirus and deaths from the disease are steadily on the rise in our county. We must remain vigilant against the disease. Wear a mask to protect you and those you interact with every day. Social distance. Wash your hands. Do not congregate in indoor spaces for long. Be smart. Stay safe. Stay well.

To look at IRC data on the number of Covid rates and hospitalizations, to find testing sites and to read Governor DeSantis’ executive orders, go to: [link removed]



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** CORONAVIRUS VACCINE IS AVAILABLE
IN INDIAN RIVER COUNTY
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The IRC Health Department Vaccinations:

The county health department will be working with community partners to begin vaccinating individuals 65 and older, and healthcare providers with direct contact with patients, in the coming days and weeks as supply permits. In addition, patients and staff in nursing homes and assisted living facilities are also being immunized as part of this community response.

At this time, Indian River County has received a limited amount of COVID-19 vaccine. As more doses become available, they will continue to work with community partners to vaccinate county residents 65 and older.

Updates and announcements for expansion of vaccination criteria and notifications for additional vaccination clinics and appointments are available via the IRC alert system.

Please encourage your friends and family to subscribe to Indian River County’s FREE alerts (Alert Indian River) by going to www.alertindianriver.com

Updates will also be shared on Indian River County’s website and other social media platforms.


Cleveland Clinic Vaccinations:

The Cleveland Clinic Florida region will schedule COVID-19 vaccines beginning December 30 for community members who meet criteria set forth by an executive order from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Vaccinations will be by appointment only, call (954) 659-5950. View full details of Cleveland Clinic COVID-19 Vaccinations ([link removed])


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** DEMOCRATIC HEADQUARTERS WILL RE-OPEN
NEXT WEEK
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** Our office has been closed an additional week because Covid-19 struck our Operations Coordinator’s family. Our tireless Stacey Klim learned that her husband fell sick to the disease immediately following the Christmas holiday. Stacey has needed the time to take care of her family. I know you join us in wishing them well with continued negative tests for her and her family members and the speedy recovery of Kevin.
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That's all folks. Stay healthy!

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