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To the Editor: Vote for Lorie Smith for Gills Creek District representative

Oct. 8, 2019 – Laker Weekly – Letter to the Editor from Trish England

I am writing to express my support for Lorie Smith for Gills Creek Supervisor in Franklin County.

I have had the privilege of working with Lorie over the past four or five years as a director on the board of Smith Mountain Lake Center. In this capacity, Lorie has distinguished herself as someone with demonstrable experience in all aspects of government, both local and state. She has provided invaluable leadership and guidance as we have worked to partner with our local government to accomplish the center’s goals. Read more.

Franklin Co. candidates give thoughts on business park, pipeline at forum

Oct. 7, 2019 – The Roanoke Times

MONETA — As Election Day draws near, the Summit View Business Park has once again emerged as one of the top campaign issues in Franklin County.

All three board of supervisors candidates who spoke at a Monday night election forum voiced concerns about the multimillion dollar effort to develop a 550-acre business park.

Lorie Smith, a Republican seeking to represent the Gills Creek District, said she’s concerned about future tax increases that will be needed to support the project. The candidate also said she does not support the aspects of the park that will not generate revenue. Plans call for public amenities like athletic fields and an event space. Read more.

To the Editor: Lorie Smith will have positive impact on county’s future

Oct. 1, 2019 – Laker Weekly – Letter to the editor from Jim Laseter

I support Lorie Smith for supervisor of Franklin County representing the Gills Creek District. She has the experience, political skills and desire to have a positive impact on the economic future of both Franklin County and the Gills Creek District. Read more.

Letter to the Editor from LB Hagen

Oct. 1, 2019 – The Roanoke Times

Franklin County’s future is highly dependent upon the ability of its Board of Supervisors to provide competent responsible leadership and make wise decisions going forward.

I am supporting Lorie Smith to be our Supervisor because she has the experience, background, temperament, desire and commitment to serve the people of Gills Creek and Franklin County. Read more.

To the editor: Lorie Smith is the best choice to represent Gills Creek

Sept. 13, 2019 – Laker Weekly – Letter to the Editor from James Colby

Note: James Colby represents the Gills Creek District on the Franklin County Planning Commission

I am writing to add my endorsement of Lorie Smith for supervisor of the Gills Creek Magisterial District of Franklin County. I have had several opportunities to observe Ms. Smith over the past six to seven years in a variety of capacities including as co-officers of a local non-profit corporation.

From these first-hand observations, I can share with you the top 10 qualities that lead me to conclude Lorie Smith is the best choice to represent you and me. Read more.

Letter to the Editor from John Stroebel

Sept. 13, 2019 – The Franklin News-Post

I am writing this letter to express my support and to urge your support for the candidacy of Lorie Smith for the Gills Creek representative on the Board of Supervisors of Franklin County.

I have lived in the Gills Creek District since my wife and I moved to Smith Mountain Lake over 10 years ago. Prior to my retirement I practiced law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for over three decades. Read more.

November ballot takes shape in Franklin County

June 12, 2019 – The Roanoke Times

Three of four board of supervisors races in Franklin County will be contested, while school board hopefuls will face no competition.

Candidates were required to file their paperwork with the county registrar’s office by Tuesday to appear on the ballot in November. All but two are running as independents, according to the registrar’s office. Read more.


Lake association leader to seek seat on Franklin County Board of Supervisors

April 3, 2019 – Laker Weekly

Smith Mountain Lake Association President Lorie Smith is seeking a seat on the Franklin County Board of Supervisors.

Smith, who is running as a Republican, hopes to represent the Gills Creek District. The position is currently held by Bob Camicia, who announced earlier this year that he would not seek another term.

Smith, 57, has previous experience in local politics, serving on both the city council and school board in her former home of Waynesboro. She believes that experience has prepared her to serve on the Franklin County board. Read more.


Lorie Smith to run for Gills Creek Supervisor

April 17, 2019 – The Franklin News-Post

Moneta resident Lorie Smith recently announced her intention to seek the Republican nomination for the Gills Creek seat on the Franklin County Board of Supervisors.

Incumbent Bob Camicia said he will not seek re-election.

“I believe the people of the Gills Creek District deserve a sincere, accessible and experienced leader committed to serving their needs with the highest level of integrity,” Smith stated in a press release. Read more.