Signs of the Times
On November 20, 1996, Raven Yates of the L.F. Payne campaign team began moving into Payne's new digs for the statewide race. Payne "is renting the former Snooky's Loan and Own at 114 E. Main Street, next to the Jefferson Theater ... (Yates says) Payne plans an official headquarters opening sometime in January" (Daily Progress, November 20, 1996).
The new headquarters is equiped with one new phone number, 293-LF97, but he doesn't have an answering phone yet. Congressman-elect Virgil H. Goode, Jr., who will take Payne's seat in Congress, "said he plans to maintain a congressional district office in Charlottesville (just) as Payne has done" (Daily Progress, November 20, 1996).
On December 5th, UVa Rector Hovey S. Dabney hosted a fundraiser for L.F. Payne at Boar's Head Inn. 110 Charlottesville donors attended and nearly $100,000 was raised in the process (Daily Progress, December 8, 1996).
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