Legislative Priorities for 2016: The League of Women Voters of Volusia County held a meeting of the membership at the Ormond Beach Public Library auditorium on September 10th to discuss legislative priorities for 2016. There were 33 attendees. Sharon Crow (LWVVC member and lobbyist with the firm Byers-Crow) gave a brief power point tutorial about lobbying. Her presentation tied together the explanation of selecting legislative priorities and the activities of Legislative Summit in March.
Read President Claudia Roth's report on the meeting here.
LWVVC's 2016 Voter Guide for Volusia County, remains at http://www.lwvvc.org/VG2016.html. Although the August 30th primary is over, run-offs for many local races will be on the November ballot. Our 2016 Voter Guide for Volusia County includes questions for and responses from candidates for the Florida Senate and House and the U.S. House of Representatives seat which covers Volusia County (Congressional District 6), as well as coverage of our county and municipal, nonpartisan contested races in which all registered voters may vote. As some of the local races were decided without a run-off, those races and/or candidates have been removed from the Voter Guide, leaving only those who will be on the November ballot. In mid July LWVVC contacted all candidates, asking for responses to specific questions relating to the offices sought and the areas to be represented. The questions for the Congressional and Legislative candidates were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Florida, and the questions for our nonpartisan races were designed by a team of LWVVC members led by Board member Sandra Horikami. Responses are posted on the website exactly as received, with no editing of content by LWVVC. Many thanks to the candidates who took the time to carefully consider our questions and respond in full to help their constituents make their decisions. The Superintendent of Elections has posted the numerical results of each election at http://volusiaelections.org//2016%20updates/Primary/20160830%20Election%20Summary%20-%20NO%20Over%20or%20Undervotes.pdf
Be Ready to Vote: In addition to our LWVVC Voter Guide, see this LWVF website with other information you need for the 2016 elections. See also this video about the importance of voting and some helpful information for you to ensure you register in time to participate. See also Judicial Elections in Florida? Why and How: a brief video LWVVC produced in conjuction with the Volusia County Bar Association, which explains how judges are named or elected in Florida.
LWVVC Voter - September-October Issue now available. See announcements of upcoming meetings and read reports from the national LWV convention and LWVVC committees.
News-Journal Debates: The News-Journal of Daytona Beach sponsored a series of candidate debates around the county.
- 6th Congressional District: Republican candidates for Congress debated Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Daytona State College’s News-Journal Center on Beach Street in downtown Daytona Beach. Candidates included Fred Costello, Ron DeSantis, and G.G. Galloway. Read about the debate and see the video of it at http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20160809/gop-hopefuls-debate-congressional-qualifications.
- Volusia County Chair candidates debated Thursday, Aug. 4, in Lee Chapel at Stetson University’s Elizabeth Hall. Candidates include Jason Davis, Greg Gimbert, Ed Kelley, and Tom Laputka. Read about the debate and see the video at
- 6th Congressional District: Democratic candidates for Congress, debated Thursday, July 28, in Lee Chapel at Stetson University’s Elizabeth Hall. Candidates included Jay McGovern, George Pappas, Bill McCullough and Dwayne Taylor. Read about the debate and see the video at
- Sheriff: Candidates for the Office of Volusia County Sheriff debated at Stetson University July 26th. The News-Journal made the video of the entire debate available at http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20160726/5-volusia-county-sheriff-hopefuls-debate-policing.
Gun Violence: The newly formed Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, led by The League of Women Voters of Florida, delivered this letter calling for action to Governor Scott, Senate President Gardiner and House Speaker Crisafulli at 11:30 a.m., June 20, 2016, and emailed the letter to all Legislators as well. LWVF President Pamela Goodman also asked LWV members to:
A list of current organizations composing this coalition is at the bottom of the letter sent to the Governor.
- Contact your individual Florida House Representatives and Senators asking them to strongly support this call to action, or meet with them personally in their district offices immediately. Follow up with individual legislators is key! The legislature can be called into special session 3 ways; The Governor, The Senate President and House Speaker or by 2/3 of the body itself.
- Write individual letters to the editor supporting the coalition letter and it's requests.
- Continue to engage your individual city and county commissions and civic, faith based, business and educational organizations encouraging them to join this newly formed coalition.
LWVVC sent two delegates to the June 2016 national LWV convention - Gwen Azama-Edwards and Suze Peace. We look forward to the news they will bring back on national League concerns and proposed actions.
Observer Corps Special Issue of The Voter: Our Observer Corp was started by Pat Gadbaw in 2005. Over the years, she has led an amazing team of Observers who have monitored and reported on many of the governmental meetings in Volusia County. She is now turning over leadership of the Observer Corps to Jack McConnell. If you would like to learn about becoming a member of the Observer Corps, please contact Jack at firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone, please read this issue for a succinct report of some county and municipal council meetings.
Education Studies:In May, members of LWVVC's Education Committee visited two Volusia County schools known for their work with the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math): Edgewater Public School and Burns Science and Technology Charter School in Oak Hill.
Faculty and administrators made them very welcome and responded to questions regarding their special educational focus. To read the committee's brief report on the visits, click here.
Politicos on Parade! April 30, 2016. Thanks so much to those public officials and local businesses, organizations,and individuals who supported this LWVVC's ninth biennial fundraiser, Politicos on Parade. We met this year at the Halifax River Yacht Club. Men's and women's fashions were provided by Belk at the Pavilion of Port Orange, and make up was done by Clinique at Belk. Mary Christine Kjellstrom of Belk described the models' fashions, and Ann Smith told anecdotes about our models. Special thanks go to our Presenting Sponsors: Daytona International Speedway, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, and Florida Power & Light. Please look through this Program distributed to all guests and participants and consider patronizing those local advertisers who gave their support. Funds raised through these events help support our work of promoting voting and civic involvement. We ask currently serving elected officials to model for Politicos on Parade, and it is a fun event for many of our friends who take pleasure in seeing their elected officials on the runway. A list of this year's models will be found on p. 13 of the Program, and we can't thank them enough for helping this year.
LWVVC Honored: The Women's Advisory Board of Bethune-Cookman University included the LWVVC in the group of 2016 honorees featured during its "Honoring Our Unsung Heros" banquet on Friday, April 22nd. Shown are several of the LWVVC members who attended this event: Suze Peace, John Hilderbrandt, Libby Hilderbrandt, Sandy Horikami, Nicki Junkins, and Jeanne Tanke.
First Vice-President Suze Peace accepts LWVVC's award from Betsey Hardeman of BCU.
Money in Politics: Final LWVUS Position:
In January 2016, LWVVC members met to reach a consensus on the issue of Money in Politics. A small committee, chaired by Carla Christianson, had studied the issue and presented their findings to the entire membership. The results of the consensus were sent to LWVUS which has now used those local results from around the country to finalize the League's position on Money in Politics. The final U.S. League position will be found at http://forum.lwv.org/member-resources/article/lwvus-position-money-politics. If you wish to compare this to the results of LWVVC's consensus, see here what LWVVC sent in.
Volusia County and How It Fared with the State Legislature: LWVVC Natural Resources chair Suze Peace pointed out this power point presentation which will be discussed at the April 7, 2016 Volusia County Council meeting. From the VC Agenda for April 7, go to the supplemental document for Item #6 on the agenda. The presentation is by the VC lobbying firm, Gray Robinson.
Help LWVVC increase our membership and expand the work we can do to promote voting and civic participation. For more information, see this flyer. Your friends can join LWVVC by clicking on the "Join LWVVC" link in the right column.
On March 19th, State Attorney R.J. Larizza spoke to LWVVC members and members of the public on Florida’s Criminal Justice System. The audience appreciated his interesting presentation.
LWVVC Board Minutes: At the January 2016 Board meeting it was moved and passed unanimously that LWVVC Board Minutes be posted as part of the public Archives so LWVVC members will have access to them once they have been approved at the next Board meeting. The second of those, the Minutes of February 24, 2016, are now posted
here. These will be added after approval each month as part of the public archives. If LWVVC members have questions regarding Board actions, please feel free to contact a Board member or email email@example.com. We also urge our members to contact us if you are interested in working on special sections of our positions.
Civil Justice: An attentive crowd attended our Hot Topics meeting at the New Smyrna Public Library on March 1st to hear William Van Norwick, Head of the Subcommittee on Access To and Delivery of Legal Services of the State Commission on Access to Civil Justice. He spoke on "Problems in the Civil Justice System for Citizens with Low, Moderate, and Middle Incomes" and a plan to provide necessary represention to the underserved. For more information on this commission, see http://www.flaccesstojustice.org/.
Want information on declared candidates for state and national offices? To see voting records and more information, go to http://votesmart.org/. You will also find links to positions, speeches, etc.
The League of Women Voters (LWV) is a non-partisan organization to encourage the
involvement of all citizens in government and the electoral process through education
and advocacy. Please note that while the League of Women Voters may advocate for
carefully studied issues, the League never supports or opposes candidates for office,
or political parties, and any use of the League of Women Voters name in campaign
advertising or literature has not been authorized by the League. In addition to using
the links on the left, members of the public are invited to view the positions and
issues studied by the LWVVC as listed on the right and below.
We hope you will consider joining the League. Any person, age 16 and over, male or female,
may become a voting member of the LWV. Associate membership is available to younger
people. When you join the League of Women Voters of Volusia County,
you automatically become a member of the Florida and U.S. Leagues.
What can you do as a League member?
- Attend our monthly meetings. Enjoy a meal while hearing a speaker on a timely
topic or discuss an issue in a small group setting.
- Voter Service: Join the Voter Service team – call Carla Christianson 386-677-1176 or email Carla at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can:
- volunteer to help register voters
- join our Voter Service Speakers Bureau and help with presentations on proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution and other public policy
issues that impact the community
- assist with League monitored candidate forums
- Volunteer for the LWVVC Observer Corps and attend local governmental meetings to observe and report happenings to the League. See LWVVC Observer Corps Code and the LWVUS Resource Guide. If you wish to learn more or to volunteer, contact Observer Corps Team Leader Jack McConnell email@example.com
- Meet other interested citizens from around the county as you become informed
about important issues.
- Read League publications that keep you up to date on questions of national,
state, and local interest.
- Join a study committee to focus on an issue that especially concerns you.
- Volunteer to help other community organizations learn about issues and election laws.
- Assist with fundraisers such as the Politicos on Parade, held in election years, with local public officials serving as our models in a fashion show. Funds raised are used to help support the LWVVC's educational efforts. To see a list of the elected officials who modeled in our 2012 fashion show and the generous sponsors who help make our work possible, see our 2012 Politicos on Parade program which was distributed to all attendees.
For a membership brochure and application, click here. Mail your application with your check to the LWVVC address listed. Or, you may contact the LWVVC by phone
(386-238-7361) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a printed form. To find out how to pay by credit card through LWVVC's secured PayPal account link, click here>.