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Orange, Calif. –– The Democratic Party of Orange County announced it is hosting the 2020 Truman Awards Virtual Celebration, it’s largest event of the year, on Saturday, October 24

Orange County Democrats anticipate this one-night-only virtual event will be the largest gathering of Orange County elected officials, candidates and grassroots activists ahead of the general election. The annual event raises operations funds that will support the 2020 election and lay groundwork for elections in 2022.

The event takes place as initial returns show Democrats with a clear lead among early voters in Orange County. Approximately 351,000 people have already voted in Orange County, a stunning 21% of the total electorate. 163,000 of those votes were cast by Democrats, 96,000 by Republicans, and 71,000 by “independent” No Party Preference voters. 

“As we’re already seeing with early returns, voters are ready for change. We will continue to reach out to voters now through election day,” said Chair Ada Briceño. “The Truman Awards are our time to build on our successes and honor community members who stand up for our values. We’re excited to continue energizing each other to get out the vote.”

2020 Truman Awards Virtual Celebration

When: Saturday, October 24, 4:00 – 5:45 PM (Virtual doors open at 3:50 PM)

Location: Zoom

Who: Guest speakers include U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Rep. Ro Khanna, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, DPOC Chair and DNC Member Ada Briceño, and visits from Orange County’s Congressional Delegation

Tickets are available at orangecountydemocrats.com/truman

About the Democratic Party of Orange County

Once famously known as “Reagan country,” after President Reagan called Orange County the place where “all good Republicans go to die,” Orange County is rapidly shifting from a Republican stronghold into a highly diverse Democratic metropolis. 

Chair Ada Briceno, a longtime labor organizer, Co-President of UNITE HERE Local 11, and recently elected Democratic National Committee member, is the first immigrant and second Latina to lead the Democratic Party of Orange County. Her executive leadership team includes Latino, Vietnamese, millennial, and LGBT representation. 

Democrats swept all seven Congressional seats in Orange County in 2018. Less than a year later, Democrats overtook countywide voter registration to become the region’s leading political party. Today, OC Democrats have gained more than a 2-point voter advantage over the GOP.

Orange County is the nation’s sixth largest county, with 3.2 million residents and more than half a million registered Democratic voters. 

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For Immediate Release 

October 19, 2020

Media Contact: ​Rachel Potucek, rachel@ocdemocrats.org

 

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