General Assembly candidates to appear

April 11th, 2017

Two candidates for the Democratic n0mination to the House of Delegates from the 30th District will be guests of the Lake of the Woods Democratic Club on Wednesday, April 12.

The meeting time for the LOW Democratic Club has been permanently changed from the third Thursday of each month to the second Wednesday in an effort to accommodate interested members who have not been able to attend the meetings.

Annette Hyde is a yoga teacher who lives in Madison County. She is a native of Fort Worth, Texas, who grew up in suburban Dallas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications / journalism with honors from the University of Texas in Arlington, Texas.

She was certified as a group fitness instructor in 1995 and teaches yoga at Powell Wellness Center and Pranapiloga yoga studio in Culpeper.

Hyde said, “I’m running for office because I care. I care about voters choosing their representatives, not politicians choosing their voters. I care about women being able to choose what they can or can’t do with their bodies. I care about health care being a right instead of a luxury. I care about rural communities getting broadband Internet access and better cell phone reception. I care about public school money not being used for private school vouchers. I care about the poor, disabled, elderly, women and children and what tax breaks to the wealthy will do to them.”

Ben Hixon, 34, is a computer programmer born and raised in Louisiana. He and his partner moved to Culpeper from Seattle, Wash., in 2016.

Hixon is the first openly gay candidate to seek office in District 30. He said he decided to run when his current delegate, Nick Freitas, sponsored a discriminatory anti-LGBT bill, HB 2025, that guarantees tax money to government contractors and subsidized groups who discriminate against gay married couples.

He describes himself as a progressive libertarian, which means he supports personal and economic liberty coupled with strong social safety nets funded by progressive taxation.

“Healthcare and an affordable education aren’t just good: they’re fundamental freedoms that must be guaranteed to every Virginian,” Hixon said. “How can we be free to live our lives if we’re not safe from disease and terror? If we don’t have an education? If we don’t have clean water to drink and clean air to breathe?”



Former hostage to appear March 19

February 28th, 2017

Terry A. Anderson, retired Associated Press correspondent who was taken hostage in 1985 by Shiite Hezbollah militants and held hostage in Lebanon for six years, will speak at a special Sunday meeting of the Lake of the Woods Democratic Club on March 19.

Terry A. Anderson

The event, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the lower level of the LOW Clubhouse, is open to the public without regard to political affiliation. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Anderson, 68, is a former Marine and Vietnam veteran, and author of the best-selling book “Den of Lions,” recounting the time he was held hostage in Lebanon.

He is a former foreign correspondent in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He served as chief Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press, as well as working as a newspaper editor, television and radio reporter and documentary producer.

Anderson has spent 12 years as a journalism professor at Syracuse University, Ohio University, the Columbia University School of Journalism and the University of Florida.

He is honorary chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists, which works on behalf of journalists under threat around the world, and co-chair of the Vietnam Children’s Fund, which has built more than 50 schools in Vietnam.

He ran unsuccessfully in 2004 for the state senate in his native Ohio.

Anderson now lives in Orange County, where he is working with a group called Virginians for Change in Animal Legislation, which is advocating for tougher animal welfare laws in response to the rescue of abused animals at a farm here farm last year.

Information for action

February 22nd, 2017

Now, perhaps as never before, we need reliable information on how to express our concerns to our elected representatives.

Ellen Wilson, treasurer of the LOW Democrats, has obtained two documents that will be helpful to our members. One is contact information for all our representatives in Washington and Richmond. The other contains links to a variety of organizations who are working to oppose the damaging and dangerous agenda of the current administration.

The documents can be found at the links below. Print them out and put them to work!

Supporting the Women’s March

January 23rd, 2017

LOW Democrats supported the Women’s March on Washington Jan. 21 by marching with the Blue Action Network in Fredericksburg and Charlottesville Gathers in Charlottesville, joining thousands of others in sending a message to the Trump administration that they will not tolerate any threat to human rights. (Photos by Mary Berger)

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New officers for 2017

January 21st, 2017

The steering committee of the LOW Democratic Club for 2017 includes Shirley Pfile, chair; Pat Drake, secretary; Ellen Wilson, treasurer; Norma Lanier and Jan Moore, community projects; Chris Carr, historian, special events and holidays and sunshine; Mary Berger and Ada Withrow, membership; Jim Donovan and Lalli Omar, programs; and Kerry Sipe publicity.

Zukowski outlines LOW board priorities

January 19th, 2017

Jennifer Zukowski

Jennifer Zukowski, secretary of the board of directors for the Lake of the Woods Association, visited the LOW Democratic Club’s meeting Jan. 19 to present an overview of the board’s priorities for 2917.

She also answered members’ questions about various projects pending before the board, including the new Sweetbriar swimming pool and a proposed new dog park.

Ms. Zukowski distributed copies of the board’s ten priorities for the year, adopted on Oct. 1, 2016. They include:

  1. Implementation of the Lakes Management Improvement Plan, which includes construction of the Keatons Run Water Quality retrofit, design of the Flat Run Forebay, beginning design on the 14th Fairway Fund and implementing Aquatic Invasive Species prevention education and advocacy plans.
  2. Construction of the Sweetbriar Pool by May 2017.
  3. Review plans, examine site issues, explore covered pool, and explore more affordable options for the Clubhouse Pool/Fitness Center/ Outdoor Recreation Complex.
  4. Implement the choice of electronic voting by 2017 board election.
  5. Upgrade the functionality, user friendliness, and content of LOWA.ORG Develop and implement a plan to improve LOWA communication with all groups by ocusing on appropriate media outlets.
  6. Approve plans to celebrate LOWA’s 50th anniversary.
  7. Complete and review of the LOWA Vision and Mission statements.
  8. Identify options for location, configuration and operation of a new dog park.
  9. Explore possible new income streams which could include sale of LOWA properties.
  10. Develop and implement a plan to improve teen activities.


Two constitutional amendments are on the ballot

October 20th, 2016

Voters know that the Nov. 8 ballot will contain the names of candidate for president, vice president and member of commerce, but the two proposed amendments to the Virginia Constitution are less well understood.

The “Right to Work Ballot Amendment” would mean that an employee in Virginia would have a constitutional right to work for an employer without being a member of a union.

The “Tax  Relief Ballot Amendment” would give local jurisdictions the power to exempt the surviving spouse of any law-enforcement officer, firefighter, search and rescue personnel or emergency medical services personnel who is killed in the line of duty.

Complete explanation of the proposals and the pros and cons of each is available from the League of Women voters by following this link.


Authors say it’s time for changes in U.S. Constitution

September 28th, 2016
Jack Trammell and Guy Terrell

Jack Trammell and Guy Terrell

The writers of a new book advocating for changes in the American democracy to make it more relevant to the 21st century will present their ideas at a public forum at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 in the LOW Community Center.

The event, which is open to the public, is sponsored by The Lake of the Woods Democratic Club.

Jack Trammell and Guy Terrell are the authors of “The Fourth Branch of Government: We the People,” published in July by Brandylane Publishers Inc. of Richmond, Va.

In the book, Trammell and Terrell make the argument that certain fundamental changes in the framework of our democracy — the U.S. Constitution — may be necessary, changes that include eliminating the Electoral College, implementing electronic voting, perhaps even changes leading to a broader and more direct participation by citizens in our governance.

In Chapter 3 of the book, entitled “Our Unfinished Nation,” the authors write: “The Constitution was created to establish a republic, balance the power of the three branches, and establish the mandate to allow governance of a new nation. Changes to the Constitution were then and remain the key to guaranteeing our future. No one wants to destroy the Constitution, but it no longer matches the times we live in either.”

The influence of the Internet and social media, the writers say, has given American citizens greater access to information that ever in our history, but has left many feeling disconnected from the very mechanisms and people who are supposed to represent their interests.

Trammell,  who ran for Congress from Virginia’s 7th District in 2014, is an associate professor of sociology and director of disability support services at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va. He was a political science undergraduate at Grove City College in Grove City, Pa., where he earned a bachelor of arts degree. He holds advanced degrees or certificates in education, special education, history education, and research methodology, including master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Terrell, holds a master of business administration degree from George Mason University in Fairfax and a masters degree in information systems from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He is a published poet and past president of the Poetry Society of Virginia.

Copies of the book are available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

See why Clinton is our choice

September 23rd, 2016

hillarypromoGet together with others to watch the first presidential debate at the home of Jim Donovan at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26. Support Hillary Clinton as she demonstrates why she is the only candidate with the knowledge, experience and temperament to lead our nation in the next four years.

Snacks will be provided, but bring your own beverage.

Please RSVP to 540-412-1337 or

Eileen Bedell to returns to LOW to meet voters

August 22nd, 2016
Eileen Bedell

Eileen Bedell

Eileen Bedell, candidate for Congress from Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, is coming to Lake of the Woods Sept. 15 to meet with voters at a reception sponsored by the LOW Democratic Club.

Bedell is an attorney and mother of two who lives in Bon Air in Chesterfield County.

The event will take place at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in the LOW Community Center. Fancy pastries and beverages will be served.

The candidate will make brief remarks and will be available for questions. As at all club events, visitors are welcome without regard to political affiliation.

Bedell earned a communications degree from Virginia Tech before getting her law degree from the College of William & Mary. She has been a general practice attorney for nearly two decades and is solo practitioner at the McNeil Law Group in Richmond’s Church Hill.

“I do everything but criminal defense — custody cases, contract dispute, estate litigation, wills,” she said. “It transfers well to having that broad spectrum of expertise you would need sitting on different committees of Congress. On some level, I have been representing people and small businesses in the 7th in another branch of government for almost 20 years.”

At the time Rep. David Brat, a former college professor, was elected to represent the 7th District in 2014, it included all of Orange, Culpeper, Goochland, Hanover, Louisa and New Kent counties and portions of Chesterfield, Henrico and Spotsylvania counties, as well as portions of the city of Richmond. But legal challenges to congressional district lines in Virginia based on representative inequality resulted in a court-ordered redrawing of some district lines, eliminating Hanover and New Kent County from the 7th District. Brat and two other Congressmen appealed the decision to the Supreme Court and lost, leaving the reconstituted district in place for the Nov. 8 election.

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Flag Day Picnic
Our Flag Day Picnic was held June 15 at the LOW Community Center. The speaker was Eileen Bedell, candidate for U.S. Congress.
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