Local volunteer attends League of Women Voters National Meeting
The League of Women Voters of Montgomery County was represented by Elaine Head at the 2012 League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) 50th biennial national Convention June 9-12 in Washington, DC. Head was one of 650 in attendance.
While in Washington, Head attended workshops and caucuses, and discussed many of the critical issues facing our democracy this election year. The League’s Power the Vote 2012 initiative was highlighted throughout as delegates celebrated recent successes in protecting voting rights and secret money in elections. Building on this theme, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the convention discussing his latest efforts to protect voting rights. “I learned many new things and brought back important ideas for our League to use in our community,” said Head.
Delegates reelected Elisabeth MacNamara of Georgia as national President and elected a new Board of Directors, passed the League’s budget, and voted on the organization’s agenda for the next two years, placing a special emphasis on working to fight the flood of secret money in politics.
Head and other attendees were welcomed to the convention by DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, and were treated to remarks by Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, and a panel discussion featuring author and commentator Eleanor Clift, former Congressman Mickey Edwards, and attorney Trevor Potter, most recently known for his work with comedian/TV personality Stephen Colbert. Pollster John Zogby also addressed delegates at their banquet dinner providing his insights about the upcoming election.
“I was proud to represent the LWV of Montgomery County, VA at Convention 2012,” Head said. “The League is a vibrant organization of volunteer men and women in all 50 states and DC. I feel so fortunate to have had this opportunity to learn and network with them.
– Submitted by Elaine Head, League of Women Votes of Montgomery County
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