News from League Chapters Around Oklahoma
Lawton League of Women Voters Candidate Forum
Nine candidates for city, county, and state offices introduced themselves and answered questions for constituents at a Tuesday, October 18, 2016 forum coordinated by the League of Women Voters of Lawton.
The candidates for Lawton City Council Wards 3 and 4 joined with the Democratic and Republican candidates for Oklahoma House District 62 and 64 in the League’s traditional forum, which lasted two hours. In addition, Comanche County Central District Commissioner Johnny Owens also was present, Republican Richard Strickland, couldn’t attend the forum, moderators said due to out of town work.
In the city’s non-partisan races, Caleb Davis and Michael Dixon ran for the Ward 3 seat vacated by Dr. Rosemary Bellino Hall. In Ward 4, incumbent Jay Burk faced a challenge from a former councilwoman Jody Jody Maples. In House District 62, first-term incumbent John Michael Montgomery, a Republican, faced Democratic challenger Larry Bush. In House District 64, Democrat Jacobi Crowley faced Republican Rande Worthen.
Going and Growing - Bartlesville Area League of Women Voters
After a busy year of voter registration events, in November we celebrated with an open house for all of our League and Voting is Power Coalition members and volunteers.
The open house strengthened our connections and encouraged continued involvement.
Also in November a group of our volunteers spent a day conducting a vote count for the Delaware Indian Tribe at their request. One volunteer joined the League as a result of this experience.
We invited the public to a “League Planning for 2017" meeting at the library and brainstormed ideas about the most important work to focus on this year, as well as strategies for ways to get it done. In addition to our members, four other community members took part in the discussion and contributed their suggestions. Everyone in our League as well as all those who attended the meeting were sent the one-page meeting summary.
Connie Lavoie was invited to speak at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at the Westside Community Center in Bartlesville. She shared with the audience her experiences as a member of LWV and information about our work. And she asked for their help, focusing on opportunities to assist with voter registration. Two people in the audience stepped up to volunteer.
When we were out in the community this past year we noticed that people were more willing to talk with us and more interested in getting involved - in registering to vote, or updating their registration, getting information and learning about candidates and issues. We see 2017 as a time of great opportunity for the growth of the League.