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August 31st, 2009
Busy year looms for League of Women Voters

STAFF REPORT

The year ahead is going to be very active for the San Marcos League of Women Voters (LWV). Already plans are loaded with special activities, debates, Voter Guides and a state convention.

The first in a series of special activities set for the year is an invitational advisory council meeting scheduled for Aug. 31 at the San Marcos Public Library, 625 East Hopkins Street.

At the council meeting, the local LWV will collect information from local organization representatives that will be used to develop questions for the upcoming debate and published Voters Guide. The meeting will be co-chaired by Betsy Robertson and T. Cay Rowe. Anyone who has a serious interest in attending the council meeting but did not receive an invitation may contact Jeannie Lewis at (512) 353-2872 for more information.

The League will host a Town and Gown Public Forum at 7 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 East Hopkins Street. Updates will be heard from Hays County Judge Liz Sumter (D-Wimberley), San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz, Texas State President Denise Trauth and San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Patty Schafer. The public is invited to attend.

Three candidate debates will be at the San Marcos Activity Center during the current organizational year which runs through May, 2010. Each debate takes place at 7 p.m. and is scheduled on or near the beginning of early voting in the elections. Issues of the Voters Guide will be published before each debate.

The San Marcos City Council election debate will be held Oct. 19. The primary election debate is set for Feb. 11. The San Marcos CISD trustee election debate is scheduled for April 19.

The debates and the Voters Guides are two of the San Marcos Area LWV’s key voter services and voter education projects. Their major fundraising project is the popular wine tasting, which is scheduled for next Jan. 28. The location has yet to be determined.

The local LWV will put in a considerable amount of extra hours when, in addition to its regular schedule of events, it will be host to the LWV State Convention.

The local convention planning committee is tri-chaired by Irene Hoadley, Linda Banks and Carol Peters. The Convention will take place next April 23-24 next year at the City of San Marcos Conference Center. This will be the first time the LWV has chosen San Marcos as its convention site.

Open to men and women, the league’s guiding principles focus on belief in the representative form of government and individual liberties established in the Constitution of the United States. Famously non-partisan, another LWV guiding principles is that “democratic government depends upon the informed and active participation of its citizens and requires that governmental bodies protect the citizen’s right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings and making public records accessible.”

This nonpartisan stance, which is taken very seriously by the membership, is illustrated in both the Voters Guides and the debates. All candidates for each office will be asked the same carefully crafted questions, with each having the opportunity to be the first to respond to one question.

The San Marcos Area LWV is governed by a 12-member board of directors. Carole Belver is serving her second year as president. Other board members include Mary Borm, Doug Holcomb, Jeannie Lewis, Margaret Lindsey, Grace Melcher Neal, Pat Murdock, Betsy Robertson, Jan Rudnicki, Beverly Sladek, Peggy Townes, Dianne Wassenich and Katherine Wells.

The local LWV board usually meets the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Price Seniors Center, 222 West San Antonio Street. For more information about league activities, call (512) 353-2872.

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