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Annual picnic is June 7 at Community Center

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Ben Hixon

This year marks the 240th anniversary of the adoption of the United States flag on June 14, 1777 by the Second Continental Congress.

The Lake of the Woods Democratic Club will celebrate the birth of Old Glory at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7, at its annual Flag Day Picnic at the LOW Community Center.

Ben Hixon, the Democratic candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates from the 30th District, will be special guest speaker at the picnic.

Everyone is welcome at the picnic without regard to political affiliation.

There will be fried chicken and a variety of homemade side dishes, desserts and beverages.

Tickets are $7 per person. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free.

There will be a door prize and a raffle on a beautiful throw.

Club to hold reception for Ned Gallaway June 18

Sunday, May 31st, 2015
Ned Gallaway

Ned Gallaway

The Lake of the Woods Democratic club will sponsor a reception June 18 to allow voters to meet Ned Gallaway, candidate for the 17th District seat in the Virginia Senate.

Gallaway, who serves as chair of the Albemarle County School Board, is seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination to the seat currently held by Bryce Reeves, a first-term Republican.

The event will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. June 18 in the LOW Community Center. Hors d’oeuvres 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 regardless of political affiliation.

Gallaway grew up in Wheeling, W.Va., where his father was a beer delivery man and his mother worked at a plastics factory. After graduation from Ohio University, he taught high school for six years and earned a doctorate in education from the University of Virginia.

In addition to serving on the school board, Gallaway is also the sales manager at a local business in Charlottesville. Ned and his wife Julie, a pediatric intensive care nurse, have three children who attend Albemarle County Public Schools.

Virginia’s 17th Senate District consists of  Orange County; the city of Fredericksburg; and parts of Spotsylvania County, Louisa County, Culpeper County and Albemarle County.


Lake of the Woods, meet Jack Trammell

Friday, September 26th, 2014
Jack Trammell

Jack Trammell

Jack Trammell, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress from Virginia’s 7th District, will be in Lake of the Woods Oct. 27 to meet voters and discuss his plans to help end the partisan gridlock in Washington.

The event, which will begin at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, will take place in the LOW Community Center.

Refreshments will be served and everyone, regardless of political affiliation, is welcome to attend.

Jack, who lives on a small farm in adjacent Louisa County, is a faculty member in sociology at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland.

He completed an undergraduate degree at Grove City College in western Pennsylvania, a master’s degree and Ph.D. at Virginia Commonwealth University and a special education certification program at the University of Virginia. He has been teaching at the K12 or university level for more than twenty years.

Jack has a wide variety of interests and an extensive career as a writer. He and his wife, Audrie, a special educator and artist have seven grown children, six of whom will be actively enrolled in post-secondary education this fall.

In May of 2014, Jack declared his candidacy and was subsequently nominated unanimously by the Democratic Party of the 7th District. “It was a long decision-making process for me,” he says. “I had considered running in earlier races, but the situation in the 7th and in Washington finally convinced me that change was absolutely necessary. No matter who I would be running against on the other side of the ticket, I was determined that there would be a dialogue.”

Jack believes first and foremost in serving the constituents of the 7th District of Virginia. With both an undergraduate and graduate education, he has developed a wide range of expertise that will help him to navigate important policy issues in the Seventh District. He firmly believes in hearing from his neighbors about the issues they want addressed in Washington and is committed to ensuring their voices are heard.

Voters in the Seventh District finally have a chance to elect someone who isn’t beholden to ideological extremists or monied special interests.

For more information visit the Jack Trammell for Congress Web site.


Invite everyone to meet Traci Dippert on Sept. 19

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

The club will sponsor a meet-and-greet event for Traci Dippert, our terrific candidate for Virginia House of Delegates on Sept. 19.

The event will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at the LOW Community Center.

Download the promotional flyer for this event, print it out and distribute it. Every voter needs to get to know Traci.



The “O Cantor, Where Art Thou?” tour

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Poster for the event

Bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley and the clinch Mountain Boys will rally for Wayne Powell, candidate for the U.S. Congress from Virginia’s 7th District with a series of appearances next week.

Stanley will be joined by his son, Ralph 2, and grandson Nathan, at a rallies around the district on Oct. 23 and 24.

Stanley is considered one of the grandfathers of modern bluegrass music; he and his brother Carter started playing publicly in the 1940s and 1950s, and after Carter’s death, Stanley pushed forward alone, with the Clinch Mountain Boys. More recently, Stanley helped spark a resurgence of interest in the bluegrass genre with his performance on the soundtrack of the 2000 movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou.”

The Powell rallies have been dubbed the “O Cantor Where Art Thou” tour, and the Powell campaign says they’ll focus on economic issues in the race.

Powell, a Democrat and Richmond attorney in his first political race, is waging an uphill battle against well-funded House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, the man more responsible than anyone else for the failure of Congress to deal with the nation’s problems.

The two have had one raucous debate, and Powell has been vocal in criticizing Cantor’s policies, his leadership of the House of Representatives, and his connections to lobbyists.

This is going to be fun and informative,” Powell said in a press release. “Since Eric Cantor doesn’t spend much, if any, time with the people in the district, I think that the barnstorm title, O Cantor, Where Are Thou? is perfect.”

Powell campaign strategist Dave “Mudcat” Saunders has a history of using bluegrass music to help his Democratic candidates appeal to rural voters. In the 2001 governor’s race, Saunders wrote a bluegrass campaign theme song for Mark Warner and hired a band to perform it at campaign stops.

The rallies with Stanley are as follows:

October 23rd, 2012:

  • Gordonsville,  7 p.m. – The Magnolia Farm, 17452 Lovers’ Ln.

October 24th 2012:

  • Ashland, 8:30 a.m. – Ashland Coffee and Tea Company, 100 N. Railroad Ave. Hot breakfast provided.
  • Culpeper, Noon – The Depot, 109 Commerce St. Hamburgers and hot dogs provided.
  • Mineral, 2 p.m. – Walton Park on E. 5th St.
  • Goochland, 4 p.m. – White Hawk Music Cafe, 1940 Sandy Hook Rd.
  • Glen Allen, 7 p.m. – Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen 2880 Mountain Rd., Concert


Two constitutional questions on the Nov. 6 ballot

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Be prepared when you go to the polls on Nov. 6.

In addition to choices for president, vice president, U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress, you’ll be asked to vote “yes” or “no” on two changes to Virginia’s Constitution:

Question 1:

Shall Section 11 of Article I (Bill of Rights) of the Constitution of Virginia be amended (i) to require that eminent domain only be exercised where the property taken or damaged is for public use and, except for utilities or the elimination of a public nuisance, not where the primary use is for private gain, private benefit, private enterprise, increasing jobs, increasing tax revenue, or economic development; (ii) to define what is included in just compensation for such taking or damaging of property; and (iii) to prohibit the taking or damaging of more private property than is necessary for the public use?

Question 2:

Shall Section 6 of Article IV (Legislature) of the Constitution of Virginia concerning legislative sessions be amended to allow the General Assembly to delay by no more than one week the fixed starting date for the reconvened or “veto” session when the General Assembly meets after a session to consider the bills returned to it by the Governor with vetoes or amendments?

The Virginia State Board of Elections has prepared a document explaining the issues involved with these two amendments. It can be viewed at this link.

Reviewing these provisions in advance can help you make an informed decision at the polls.

Leading the way to the president’s re-election

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Happy participants in the June 6 campaign phone bank

Volunteers for President Obama’s re-election campaign, including many from the LOW Democratic Club, are fired up and determined not to leave a single Orange County vote unturned in the November election.

Two phone banks have already been held by the North Orange Obama Team, resulting in contacting more than 800 people asking for help in assuring the president another four years to finish the job he has so successfully begun.

A voter registration drive has been scheduled outside the Food Lion Store in Locust Grove on June 9 and the Orange County volunteers are going to participate in a nationwide rally for the president on June 16.

About a dozen campaign volunteers participated in a phone bank conducted June 6 at Ken Martin’s house, resulting in more than 500 contacts and recruiting more Orange County volunteers.

Participating in the phone bank were  Amy Peters, Charles Brewer, Helen Brewer, Sheila Clark, Vera Jackson, Nancy Arnold, Kerry Sipe, Jim Donovan, Fay Potter, Carla Loban, Zach Loban, Ken Martin and Marti Martin.

Despite the thrilling turnout for events so far, there are still lots of opportunities to get involved. Call one of the project captains below to find out how you can be a part of the next event:


Wayne Powell is our 7th District nominee

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

E. Wayne Powell

E. Wayne Powell of Richmond has been officially declared the Democratic nominee in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, which includes Orange County.

Abbi Easter, the 7th Distrct chair, was notified April 11 by David Hunsicker of Lake of the Woods that “I am officially releasing my delegate candidates … and will no longer be a candidate…”

As a result, the assembled caucus scheduled for Saturday, April 14, in Orange and the 7th District Democratic Convention scheduled for Saturday, April 28, in Henrico County have been cancelled.

Mr. Powell will oppose Eric Ivan Cantor in the November general election.

Powell supports full funding for Medicare and Social Security. He would support ending tax breaks for the top 1 percent of wage earners and ending oil subsidies. The ending of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as soon as possible should be a top national priority, he said. He said he supports health-care reform and immigration reform.

“In my view … fixing Washington would be in large part accomplished by defeating Eric Cantor,” Mr. Powell said. He said Cantor is someone “who embodies much of what is wrong with the political system as it operates in our country today.”

A native of Richmond, Powell served 30 years as an active-duty and Reserve Army officer in intelligence.

He has spent 31 years as a trial attorney, since 1999 as president of Powell & Parrish, a Midlothian-based law firm. During the 1980s, Powell was an assistant attorney general and deputy commissioner of the Virginia Worker’s Compensation Commission.

Mr. Hunsicker confirmed on his Facebook page that he had dropped out of the race. “I have seen the delegate numbers from the counties, and it would seem that only a series of both unusual and lucky events could now allow my candidacy to move forward. So that the various chairs and committees don’t have to hold caucuses and a convention with little value, I wish to suspend my campaign for the Democratic nomination for Congress from Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. I am a Democrat first and a candidate second. Mr. Powell, I wish you well in your efforts to prevail against Eric Cantor. ”

Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, is largely responsible for the ineffectiveness of the 112th Congress by undermining the spirit of co-operation and compromise so necessary to the strength of a Democracy. Cantor’s slavish loyalty to special interests and his own raw ambition have effectively left Orange County without representation.

Henry Lee Carter, chair of the Orange County Democratic Committee, confirmed the cancellation of the Orange County caucus, saying, “To those who agreed to serve as Orange County delegates, we appreciate your willingness to serve and give up two Saturdays to accomplish this task.”

Also on the Web:

You can help re-elect the president!

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Annie Roberts, field director for the Obama-Biden campaign, attended the April meeting of the club’s steering committee to ask for volunteers in the effort to re-elect the president.

Campaign offices have been established in Fredericksburg, Culpeper and Spotsylvania, and staff members are being assembled to insure that Virginia stays in the Democratic column in November.

An organization meeting will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Fredericksburg office at 1281 Central Park Blvd.

A National Day of Action voter registration drive will take place on Saturday, April 18. There will be shifts from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at locations in Orange, Frederickburg, Stafford, Culpeper and Spotsylvania. See for details.

A phone bank for Orange County will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 12 and 19 at 113 West Main St., 3rd floor, Orange.

A phone bank specific to Locust Grove will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., April 17, at a place to be determined.

A Women for Obama phone bank will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at 102 North Main St., Suite 201, in Culpeper and 1281 Central Park Blvd. in Fredericksburg.

There will be voter registration drives from noon to 3 p.m. Fridays and 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays starting at the Fredericksburg campaign office at 1281 Central Park Blvd.

For more information about any of these events, contact Annie Roberts at (540) 354-9582 or e-mail


Supporters rally for Tim Kaine at UMW

Saturday, February 18th, 2012
Rally for Tim Kaine

Club members with U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine at rally Feb. 18 at the University of Mary Washington. (Left to right) Kerry Sipe, Shirley Pfile, Martha Foote, Marty Caldwell and Mary Berger.

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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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