January Member of the Month: Alexsis Rodgers

AR at VA Dems Convention

Alexsis is the President of Metro Richmond Area Young Democrats and has been an active member of the organization since 2013. She also represents our region on the Virginia Young Democrats board as Executive Vice President.

Alexsis is a native of Hanover, Va., who earned Bachelor’s degrees in Mass Communications and Spanish from Virginia Commonwealth University. Go Rams! When it’s a VCU basketball game day, you can expect Alexsis will be wearing black and gold and making plans to watch the game no matter what.

As the Director of Communications for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia and Virginia League for Planned Parenthood, Alexsis advocates for improved access to reproductive health care for all Virginians. During the 2017 election cycle, Alexsis led digital, media and direct mail efforts for Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC’s $3 million campaign to elect Dr. Ralph Northam for Governor, Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor, Mark Herring for Attorney General, and 66 endorsed candidates for delegate. The historic wins in November 2017 set the stage for major progress over the next four years through legislative, executive and judicial efforts.

Previously as Policy Director for Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, Alexsis led state legislative affairs and message strategy for his office. Alexsis has managed award-winning communications and advocacy campaigns focused on college affordability, public transportation, pediatric care, labor rights and environmental initiatives.

Alexsis was the youngest person appointed to serve on Governor-elect Northam’s Transition Committee. She is an alumna and board member of Emerge Virginia, and also serves on the board of Virginia Pride.

Know an outstanding young democrat? Nominate our next member of the month here. 



Sen. Sturtevant Votes with Confederate Hate Group over Constituents

CONTACT: Alexsis Rodgers, metrorichmondyd@gmail.com

Sen. Sturtevant Votes with Confederate Hate Group over Constituents

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Richmond, Va. – Today, the leadership of the Metro Richmond Area Young Democrats called out Sen. Glen Sturtevant for killing a bill that would have allowed the City of Richmond to prohibit firearms at permitted events. Last year the heavily armed hate group CSAII – The New Confederate States of America – twice descended on the City of Richmond, with the necessary precautions costing a combined $600,000 of taxpayer money.

In the aftermath of violent demonstrations on August 12 in Charlottesville, Governor McAuliffe established the Taskforce on Public Safety Preparedness and Response to Civil Unrest. Sen. Jennifer McClellan introduced Senate Bill 360 with the support of the Taskforce and City of Richmond Police.

In his role on the Courts of Justice Committee, Senator Sturtevant sided with the hate group and against many of his constituents, who have asked him to give law enforcement the tools to protect their communities threatened by heavily-armed protests. The vote to kill the bill took place along party lines with Democrats on the committee voting for considering the measure and Republicans voting against it.

MRAYD leadership encourages our members to call Sen. Sturtevant’s office at (804) 698-7510 and ask him to stand up for his constituents in the face of hate groups like the CSAII.


2018 MRAYD Organizational Meeting

Join Metro Richmond Area Young Democrats for our annual organizational meeting and officer elections on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 6:30-8pm, at On the ROX. Become a member or renew your membership, and elect officers for the next year.

Rules: https://goo.gl/ow27GE
Membership Forms: https://metrorichmondyd.com/join/

Those seeking to run for office must file their intent with the President by January 14, 2018, by 11:59 p.m., at metrorichmondyd@gmail.com. Offices that must be filed for are President, Vice President, Outreach Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. Regional chairs will be elected by caucus immediately following the elections of those offices listed above.

All those between the ages of 13-35, and residents of Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Petersburg, or Richmond, are welcome to join. A membership form must be filled out and filed. Voluntary membership dues are $15. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Business will begin at 7:00 p.m.

December Member of the Month: Teddy Smyth


Teddy has been an active member of the Metro Richmond Area Young Democrats since he moved to Richmond in March. He just wrapped up as campaign manager for Delegate-elect Jennifer Carroll Foy, who won by an astonishing margin of 26 points and flipped the seat from red to blue.

Teddy’s work as a campaign manager was mentioned alongside coverage of Delegate-elect Jennifer Carroll Foy in the Washington Postthe NationWIRED, and Topic’s documentary film series “She’s the Ticket.” He describes his organizing style as “enthusiastic and goal-oriented” and feels passionately that we must elect a new generation of young progressive leaders, led by women and people of color. 

Teddy got his start organizing students for action on climate change and environmental justice at Middlebury College in Vermont. He then worked to turn out the youth vote in New Hampshire with NextGen Climate before returning to his roots in the South to work on the campaign to elect Hillary Clinton and Democrats in North Carolina. After a period of sadness, he moved to Richmond with his best friend Hannah Bristol, to jump into the fray that was Virginia 2017. He worked for BoldProgressives.org supporting 5 Delegate challengers, including Jennifer Carroll Foy, and he joined Delegate-elect Carroll Foy’s team full-time after she won her primary by 14 votes. 

Outside of organizing, Teddy enjoys fishing in Byrd Park with fellow MRAYD members Ben Hermerding and Drew Shannon, tubing on the James River with MRAYD members Hannah Bristol and Thomas Fischl, and biking around town on his large red bike.