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MCDP to open Election 2008 headquarters

Gene Lewis stands outside the MCDP's Madison Street headquarters

Montgomery County Democratic Party members were hard at work Monday moving into their Election 2008 headquarters on 534 Madison Street in downtown Clarksville (corner of University Boulevard and Madison Street). A ribbon-cutting ceremony and a “meet and greet” reception, open to the public, will be held tonight at 5 p.m., and refreshments will be served.

Gene Lewis, chairman of the MCDP, said that although the site is officially open, the “real work” will begin as the Democratic Convention winds down. “Once the convention is over, we hit the ground running,” Lewis said.

The bright and bold democratic banner now hangs over the front door, with a second one hung in the lobby of Dem headquarters. Outside, carpenter Jim Hooten, circular saw in hand, was building a ramp that will make the building handicapped accessible for this year’s election.

Carpenter Jim Hooten begins building a ramp that will make MCDP headquarters handicapped accessible for Election 2008.

This location will also serve as the campaign headquarters for Democratic Party Presidential Nominee Barack Obama as well as all candidates running on the Democratic Party ticket. Local and state leaders will be on hand for the ceremony. Even as the process of “moving in and setting up” was underway, a man came in seeking an “Obama” yard sign. Those haven’t arrived yet, but the MCDP already has a sign-up sheet available for those who want to be first on that list. Lewis said that as soon as the signs come in, his volunteers will start calling people to “come and get them.” Those who have signed up have first options on getting the signs.

Gene (on ladder) and Robert Lewis hang on the party's interior signs as they prepare to open the democrats Election 2008 headquarters.

Clarksville for Obama, which in its organizational phase had been meeting independently of the MCDP, will now be located at and meeting in the new Democratic headquarters.

For additional information or questions please contact: Gene Lewis, MCDP Chairman at (931) 801-6209. As the convention sweeps to an end this weekend, the MCDP headquarters will swing into action. the MCDP headquarters phone number is 931-552-5523. Volunteers as always welcome.

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