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Democrats have new place to call home

More than 200 flock to headquarters’ grand opening

Posted: September 14, 2008 9:48 p.m.
Updated: November 16, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Joyce Evans, left Charlie Robinson, center, who played Mac on the show Night Court, and Russ Evans greet guests at Sunday's grand opening of the Santa Clarita Valley Democratic Club headquarters.

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Santa Clarita Valley Democrats have a place to call home this election season.

The Santa Clarita Valley Democratic Club christened its new digs at 23119 Lyons Ave, Newhall, Sunday, in a grand opening ceremony that drew hundreds decked out in Barack Obama pins and T-shirts, said Joyce Evans, voter registration chairwoman for the Santa Clarita Valley Democratic Club. The new headquarters actually opened in July.

The Santa Clarita Valley Democratic Club open a local campaign headquarters every four years, Evans said. The Democratic Alliance for Action helps the club open the headquarters and volunteers pitch in by staffing the office and donating furniture, she said.

Volunteers served cake, cookies and punch as more than 200 local Democrats, Independents and undercover Republicans circulated the room along with candidates at Sunday‘s event, Evans said.

Cynthia Loo is running for Superior Court Judge. Functions like the grand opening are important for candidates because it gives them the a chance to interact with voters, she said.

The local democrats used some star power to kick off the grand opening. Charlie Robinson, who played Mac on the popular television show Night Court, greeted people and posed for pictures at the event. "This is where I need to be," he said. Robinson said like so many Democrats he thinks this election is vital for the country. "We need to take back the country," he said.

Taking back the country and pushing for Democratic victories in local, state and national elections was a theme that echoed throughout the new headquarters. Cheryl Bernstein, a headquarters volunteer, said this is the most visible the local democratic club has ever been. Having the new headquarters on a major thoroughfare helps. "It lets Democrats in the Santa Clarita Valley know they are not alone," she said. It also give Democrats a chance to reach out to Independents and even Republicans.

"We give people good information so they can make an informed decision," Bernstein said.

Married couples where one spouse is a Democrat and the other is a Republican often come into the office.

"We have a friendly conversation," she said. Bernstein hopes the friendly conversation can swing votes in November.

The Santa Clarita Valley Democratic Club has pulled in more members and registered more new voters than ever before, Evans said.

"People are excited about this election and know how important it is," she said.

Bernstein said the excitement starts at the top of the ticket. Obama has plenty of Americans excited about participating in politics, she said.

What makes him special is where his message of change and hope comes from.

"It comes from us. He is actually listening to the people who know what the last eight years have done to this country," she said.

Bernstein aid she hopes the excitement trickles down to local election and can reshape the politics of Santa Clarita Valley.


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