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The Smith Mountain Lake Democrats' purpose is to encourage participation in the political process in support of candidates and issues congruent with democratic ideals. To educate our members and the community on local, state, and national issues, and to highlight community issues that will have an effect on quality of life of Smith Mountain Lake and those communities surrounding the lake.


In March 2006 a group of women from Smith Mountain Lake gathered to discuss the formation of a Democratic Club. By the end of the meeting they had decided to meet on the 4th Monday of each month and to open the membership to both women and men. In April 2006 about 50 people turned out for the first meeting, officers were chosen and the Smith Mountain Lake Democrats, the "Lake Dems", were born. Over time the Lake Dems have had many accomplishments and have developed into a vibrant organization at the lake and within the state. Accomplishments:
  • Appointed officers and set up steering committee
  • Established 4 committees - political outreach, legislation watch, issues, and event planning/fund raising
  • Established a working relationship with Bedford and Franklin Democratic Committees and the 5th Congressional District Organization
  • Co-ordinated  successful fundraisers for candidates for many local, state and federal offices.
  • Worked actively in the campaigns for national, state & local offices
  • Funded, organized and staffed campaign offices for elections
  • Engaged in many service projects around the area including Lake Clean-up, Adopt A Highway, Lake Christian Ministries and Good Neighbors, Tackling Hunger and Nutrition Project
  • Hosted a variety of speakers and presented information on current issues

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Smith Mountain Lake Democrats * P.O. Box 897* Hardy * VA *24101

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