The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. –LWV Mission
The League of Women Voters was formed in 1920 after the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. In 1974, membership was opened to include men. There are Leagues in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Hong Kong.
The League of Women Voters is strictly nonpartisan; it neither supports nor opposes candidates for office at any level of government. At the same time, the League is wholeheartedly political and works to influence policy through advocacy. It is the original grassroots citizen network, directed by the consensus of its members nationwide.
League of Women Voters Sioux City Activities
LWVSC meetings during 2012-2013 will include a candidate forum for State Legislators and County Officials. In January, we will host a Candidate Training for women and men who are interested in running for public office. We continue to attend quarterly Naturalization Ceremonies, distribute/collect completed voter registration forms, and share voter information with our newest citizens. In the fall we conduct Voter Registration Drives in September and October. We will also continue our January – March public forums with SIMPCO, where local state legislators address the public’s concerns. These forums will be held on the 4th Saturday Jan.-March at the Sioux City Historical Museum located at 607 4th St. In February we will host a viewing of "Bag It"; which is a movie about environmental protection. In April we will host a celebration event honoring the Mayors Youth Commission.
League of Women Voters of Sioux City
Local Program/Adopted Position Statements for 2012-2013
- Advocate public disclosure and broad input into the Sioux City Community School District’s fiscal policies, curriculum planning, boundaries/attendance areas, and the construction and repair of buildings.
- Support the expansion of US Highway 20 to four lanes throughout Iowa, thereby facilitating economic growth in western Iowa.
- Support the ongoing operation and expansion of recycling efforts in the Siouxland area.
- Support efforts to encourage citizen and local government participation in proper waste disposal.
- Support the Council-Manager form of government in Sioux City.
2012-2013 LWVSC Elected Board Members
- Co-Presidents/Vice-Presidents: Theresa Weaver-Basye and Pat Hammerstrom
- Secretary: Margarite Hardnett Reinert
- Treasurer: Bonnie Wiltse
- Directors: Eileen Helvig; Elaine Seubert; Claryce Evans, Carolyn Goodwin, Donna Wooldrige, Renne Weinberg, Maria Rundquist, Jeanne Bockholt, and Cody Juracek