Welcome to the Haywood Democrats

Healthcare Mythbusting Follow-up – Tue. July 16

You asked for more in-depth information. Come hear more from General Insurance Services owner Steve Davis about:

  • the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare)) vs the American Health Care Act 2017 (Trumpcare)
  • rising healthcare costs & what can be done to reduce them
  • the differences between Medicare and Medicare Advantage
  • how Congress is dealing with healthcare cost.
  • Dessert & Discuss
  • Tuesday July 16, 6:30 pm
  • Democratic Headquarters

He’ll also be glad to answer your questions.

Al Gore’s Climate Reality
Slide/Video Presentation

  • Dessert & Discuss
  • Tuesday July 30 6:30 pm
  • Democratic Headquarters

View the presentation from VP Al Gore alongside a graduate of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps training. In advance of a Mythbusting Forum, Mary Jane Curry will be leading a discussion on the Climate Crisis and what actions we can we take. 

Myth-Busting Forum 2

A Beautiful Healthcare Plan: Promise or Threat?

Our recent Health Care forum was quite good, and we look forward to seeing our Democratic Party Health care advocates (and all others interested in the issues!) on July 16 for a more in-depth look at the ACA (Steve Davis to offer expert analysis), Trump’s proposed budget  threats to Medicaid and Medicare, and Medicaid expansion in NC.

While we are awaiting the latest version of Trump’s threatened budget plans for health care, which he has stated will be ‘great’ and ‘soon,’ we know that there is no telling when and what we are in store for.  So we press on…

Some possibly helpful points:
Sen. Phil Berger has declared medicaid expansion a bad idea-a ‘disincentive’ for people working. This is bases on ideology, not facts, as the analysis of Arkansas and other experience demonstrates:


Joe Sam had an excellent column in the Mountaineer recently…a very non-partisan, compelling argument.
An excellent analysis of Medicaid Expansion in NC:

We need to place the Trump administrations proposed attack on Medicare and Medicaid in historical perspective:


The above will keep us all busy!!!

Senator Erica Smith Spoke to over 125 Democrats at a Successful Spring Rally

Introduced by our own Julia Buckner, State Senator Erica Smith gave us a rousing presentation highlighting her efforts in the General Assembly and her future aims. Senator Smith, who is running in a primary to unseat US Senator Tom Tillis, gave us a rundown of the ways in which our representatives in Washington have acted against the best interests of our state and the need to replace Sen Tiillis with a senator who has our best interests at heart.

Prior to her run for the NC Senate in 2014, Senator Smith worked as an engineer for Boeing Company, she then went on to teach high school math and she is also an ordained minister. She is the first woman to be elected to serve her district which includes Beaufort, Bertie, Northampton, Vance and Warren counties in northeast NC.

Senator Smith made the case for change in DC and told the enthusiastic crowd, “We need someone who will go the extra mile and lead that change!” She continued, “I am the most prepared candidate to lead that change in DC, with the intellect, ability and
integrity to get our state and nation moving in the right direction.”

The packed room at the Maggie Valley Inn was an appreciative and enthusiastic audience to her plan for the future. We hope to see Sen Smith in these mountains again soon. For more information on Senator Smith, her background and her six part plan, go to: https://ericaforus.com.

Myth Busting: We Are Our Own Worst Enemy

A crowd of approximately 150 attended our first Myth Busting presentation featuring Dr. David Crane, a world-renowned international prosecutor, who discussed the truth about foreign and domestic terrorism in America. Additionally, special speaker Haywood resident, Andrew Morgan, gave a personal testimony of his faith, Islam.

The Mountaineer gave us great coverage of the event. The article can be found here; First Myth-Busting Event Exceeds Expectations.

Potential topics for future events include Healthcare and Climate Change.


Regular Monthly Meetings

Democratic Women – 3rd Thursday of the month – 6:30pm – Various meeting places

Senior Democrats –  last Tuesday of every month – 1:00pm – Democratic Headquarters

Democratic Men – 4th Thursday of the month – 6:00pm – Captain’s Bay, Russ Ave, Waynesville

Executive Meeting – 3rd Monday of each month – 6:30pm –  Democratic Headquarters

Auxiliary Groups

Democratic Women

The objectives of the Haywood County Democratic Women’s Club are to support the principles of the Democratic Party; to encourage able Democratic women to seek public office; and to participate in Democratic Party activities. The HCDWC also works to elect Democratic Party candidates and lends support to Democratic elected officials. Come join us! – 3rd Thursday of the month – 6:30pm -Democratic Headquarters, Judy Russell, President, djrussell2003@att.net

Senior Democrats

The objectives of the Haywood County Senior Democrats are to work to get Democratic candidates elected to public office; to advocate for issues of concern to seniors; and to educate voters and potential voters about issues and candidates.  Any registered Democrat over the age of 50 is eligible for membership. Come join us!  –  last Tuesday of every month – 1:00 pm @Democratic Headquarters
Juanita Dixon, President, sjdixon28716@yahoo.com

Democratic Men

The purpose of the Haywood County Democratic Men’s Club is to promote the interests of the Democratic Party and to help get Democratic candidates elected to all levels of government. In addition, the club provides financial assistance and counsel to the Haywood Democratic Party. Join us the 4th Thursday of the month – Captain’s Bay, Russ Ave.
Steve Ellis, President, ellis849@bellsouth.net

Young Democrats

Efforts are underway to reorganize the Haywood County Young Democrats. Any registered Democrat under the age of 36 interested in joining should contact us. Go to he Contact page here or email us at HaywoodDemocrats@gmail.com.

Any group of 5 or more young Democrats can organize within their county as an official chapter of Young Democrats of North Carolina (YDNC). By promoting the values of freedom, fairness, equality and social justice, the Young Democrats organization provides the youth of North Carolina a vehicle for progressive change.