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September 18th, 2009
Town and Gown forum set for Sept. 28

STAFF REPORT

A Town and Gown Forum hosted by the San Marcos Area League of Women Voters (LWV) will be held Sept. 28 at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 East Hopkins Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Four women who are integral to local government and public education will make presentations and respond to questions from the audience — Hays County Judge Liz Sumter, San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz, Texas State President Denise Trauth, and San Marcos CISD Superintendent Patty Shafer.

The public discourse will concern the shared issues of city and county governments and local public education systems. Each speaker will get about 10 minutes each to speak on issues presented to them by the LWV, followed by responses to questions from the audience.

The goal of the forum is to create a better and deeper understanding among governments and the local community.

This is the second Town and Gown presented by the LWV since all four top spots in local government and public education were filled by women. The 2007 event’s audience was a full house.

Attendees are invited to stay for light refreshments. Membership literature will be available for those wishing to join or are interested in the LWV.

The LWV is a nonpartisan organization open to men and women. The LWV’s guiding prinicples focus on the belief in the representative form of government and indvidual liberties established by the Constitution,, and that a democratic government depends on the informed and active participation of its citizens.

The San Marcos LWV’s 2009-2010 membership year runs through May of 2010. It will be a particularly busy year for the LWV with the Town and Gown public forum, three public office candidate debates and three issues of the Voters Guide.

The debates and the published Voters Guide are two of the San Marcos LWV key voter services and education projects. The major fundraising project is the wine-tasting event which is currently scheduled for Jan. 28, 2010. A venue is yet to be determined.

The local league members will be putting in extra hours at the end of April, when the State LWV convention is held at the San Marcos Convention Center April 23-24, 2010. This is the first time the biennial convention has chosen San Marcos as its site.

More information about the Town and Gown Public Forum or LWV activities can be obtained by contacting Jeannie Lews at (512) 353-2872.

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