LMOA members begin to take action against Polonis
FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. (CBS19) -- Members of the Lake Monticello community are doing everything they can to rally the votes needed to remove Don Polonis from the HOA board.
Polonis not only posted an anti-LGBTQ+ image on a Facebook page, he also posted a complaint email from resident Kelsey Cowger to the same Facebook page. It included her family's personal information.
"On a group that has a lot of gun enthusiasts, some sympathizers and organizers for Unite the Right on it. And, he implied in his own commentary that our family was Satanic," she said.
James Greer, the man who started a GoFundMe page to help with the campaign, says many of the community members are more upset with Polonis’s publication.
"It's not as much of a gay pride thing as it is a board member breaching the duties he signed up to do," he said.
He and Cowger are part of a team that is doing everything they can to get Polonis removed after he refused to resign at a recent special meeting.
"We are going to do a few things. We are making sure every resident gets info sent to their little mailbox cubby, we are sending out postcards that are pretty targets to people we think who are likely to vote or might need a little boost to vote, we are ordering a bunch of yard signs, we are going to have some phone banking," said Cowger.
This isn't Cowger’s first time organizing a campaign. She does it for a living. One of her past jobs was working for the Josh Throneburg campaign when he was running for Congress.
"We have access to a lot of the same tools that political campaigns have," she said.
Samantha Strong, another member of the team, says they are almost ready to begin distribution.
"Everything is kind of ready to go. We are going to move to printing, get this out before the vote," Strong said.
Twenty-two hundred votes are needed to oust Polonis.
"Our big goal right now is just to get people out to vote," she said.
The group says that if they don't get the 2200 votes needed to remove Polonis, they say they've made it very clear that their voices will be heard no matter what.