SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE DEMOCRATS
We provide opportunities for our members to participate in the political process, learn about current issues and join social events.
Reasons to Celebrate Democrats
Democratic accomplishments in Virginia include a booming economy, record low unemployment, the best state for business two years running, historic investments in public education, expanding health care to more than 600,000 Virginians, raising the minimum wage, and a host of progressive reforms and investments that have elevated Virginia as a leader in the South and across the nation, according to Susan Swecker, Chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia.
“Democrats should be proud of what the party has been and is—the party of Social Security, Medicare and Obamacare, of greater opportunity for more and more Americans —and what it is and what it stands for, and their values: for smart government being part of the solution, not the problem; for health care as a right, not a privilege; for clean water and air and effective climate solutions; for taxation that doesn’t favor the rich; for equal opportunity for all; for life chances and opportunities that aren’t determined by one’s ZIP code, race, gender, faith, sexual orientation or gender identity.” This excerpt is from Robert Leonard’s article in The New York Times, Opinion | Biden Has Already Done More for Rural America Than Trump.
Redistricting occurs every 10 years following the U.S. Census. The census provides up-to-date demographic data, which is used to recalibrate election districts (redistricting). This is necessary to ensure that elected officials at all levels represent approximately equal populations compared to other districts at the same level.
The 2020 U.S. Census was used for redistricting last year. This has resulted in new Congressional, House of Delegates, Virginia Senate and county Electoral Districts. The Virginia Redistricting Commission completed its maps and were approved in December of 2021. Counties have also begun the process of redrawing and approving maps for election districts. The new maps will be in place for the 2022 elections.
Be Heard and Make a Difference
If you want to take action, check out our Armchair Activist page. We’ll tell you about local, state and possibly national issues where your voice should be heard. By participating in the discussion, We, the People, can influence the direction of our government, even when Democrats are not in power. Together we are strong!
SUPPORT OUR ANNUAL OFFICE FUND
Our Annual Office Fund Drive is happening now through May. We use the office for club and committee meetings, candidate introductions, speakers and social events. Maintaining an office space is good publicity as well; people driving by can see that Democrats also live at the lake. You can help us maintain this presence in the community in numerous ways: pay a month’s rent or utilities, donate a one-time gift or provide a general donation. You may also choose to spread out your contribution through the year with a monthly donation. Make your donation today.
SML Democrats is open to all people of voting age who live in the three counties surrounding Smith Mountain Lake: Bedford, Franklin and Pittsylvania. Some members have property at the lake, but maintain permanent residences elsewhere.
Our club is active and you’ll find many ways to participate. You can join a committee, attend monthly meetings and social events, or help at election time, which is every year in Virginia. We look forward to welcoming you!
“Thinking of Dialogues”
Help support local Democratic activities by making a donation to our club.
You can also pay membership dues, support annual fundraising and pay for special events online.
Let’s Go Blue Together
Office at Halesford Center
16483 Moneta Road, Suite J
Moneta, VA 24121
Open 11 am – 3 pm
P.O. Box 897
Hardy, VA 24101