March 9, 2021. Alice White, a member of Englewood Indivisible won a special election March 9th for the North Port City Commission (District 1). White won convincingly! According to the Sun, she won 60% of the vote against two opponents!
There is no secret to Alice's success: it was her hard work reaching out to voters, both in this campaign and in her earlier campaign for County Commission. What is unusual in our red corner of the world is the election of a candidate who's not beholden to polluters or developers. Congratulations, Alice!
Please watch this space for more details about Alice's victory -- and maybe a chance to talk with her about she did it.
November 10 2020. We’ve had a pretty stressful week and there has certainly been a lot to digest. But the sense of relief and joy at the sight of President-elect Biden speaking to the nation Saturday night was worth every sleepless night. Joy to the World! Nevertheless, we are still exhausted — and most of us have had our fill of pundits and alerts. But time is relentless and so plans for our tomorrows await us.
We have spent time thinking and talking about the future of Englewood Indivisible. Certainly, for many of us, this group has been the glue that kept us sane and the balm to soothe our fears for the last four years.
At this point, our plan is to keep our email list of 700-plus active and available for use as needed. But as most of us are ready for a needed break from the activism of Tallahassee visits, marches, sign holdings and polling-site greeting, we look to a future where we can just enjoy the comfort of spending time with like-minded neighbors. And we’re very thankful that we have all found so many like-thinkers in the confines of deep red Englewood.
So the plan right now is that we will have an occasional Zoom gathering —maybe once a month. And as soon as we are vaccinated and we really do “turn the corner,” we very much want to resume (start!) our planned dinners out. And perhaps we’ll see those coffee meet-ups or happy hours return in 2021.
Our future emails will be via a new vendor, ActionNetwork. Please make sure that EnglewoodIndivisible@gmail.com is in your contact list so our emails don’t go into your spam folder. We’ll email every month or so to let you know about Zoom meetings, plus whenever there’s a need to share information.
We’ll also post important information here on our website, EnglewoodIndivisible.org. We will be stopping our texting service soon, so if you have been relying on that to keep informed, please turn to one of the options above.
It’s time to lick our wounds, be thankful for our victories, and send appreciation out to all those who invested their hearts as well as their funds to restore decency to our country.
Happy Trails—because we will meet again: on Zoom, via email, and sometime in 2021, in person!
Thanks to all!
Jane, Sue, Sherry, Bonnie
Although ballots are still being counted in some states, Florida is lost to a Republican who has brought shame on our country and let a pandemic rage among us. This despite all our hard work.
Deep thanks and gratitude to our wonderful candidates for their tireless work and energetic campaigns: Allen Ellison, Katherine Norman, Lisa Stortstrom, Dave Jones, Alice White and Tony Dunbar.
Regardless of the losses Florida voters inflicted on Joe Biden and our candidates -- clearly better qualified, every one -- our hard work has not been for nothing. Yes, Florida is redder in 2020 than it was in 2016. But an important part of our work endures: our 700 Englewood Indivisible members have helped to change the local culture. Think of all the yard signs we displayed in 2020 compared to 2016: hundreds!
And something else we did not have in the wake of 2016's debacle that we have now: We have each other.
Jane, Sherry and Sue
Englewood Indivisible has made recommendations for every office and item on the ballots that our members in Charlotte and Sarasota Counties will cast in the November 3rd election.
The complete list of endorsements and recommendations can be found in this PDF.
Our endorsements include
David Jones, Alice White and Tony Dunbar are members of Englewood Indivisible.
Vote By Mail ballots may be dropped off at the Punta Gorda Courthouse,
226 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through
Friday through Election Day. Due to covid, the West County (San Casa) election office is closed until the start of early voting on October 19th. There will be a drop box there when that facility opens for early voting on October 19th.
In Sarasota County there is a box for mail-in ballots inside the Supervisor of Elections office at the RL Anderson Building, 4000 Tamiami Trail S., Venice 34293. You can drop off your ballot securely between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm before October 19th. Between October 19th and November 1st, you can drop off your ballot during early voting hours, from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm daily.