Making Democracy Work

Final Legislative Wake-up

Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, Lisa Heddens and Herman Quirmbach, were the local legislators present for the League's final Wake-up discussion for this legislative session.   The panel reported on marked changes in direction for the state and changes in legislative procedures.

Devita Harden 2017

The League of Women Voters of Ames and Story County is pleased to honor Devita Harden with its 2017 Carrie Chapman Catt Award.

Devita Harden came to Ames in 2010 after a long and successful career as Quality Assurance Manager for the Coca Cola Company in Little Rock, Arkansas. She moved here to join her daughter and family, to support them as her daughter pursued a doctoral degree at Iowa State University.

Devita joined the League in 2012 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2013 as publicity co-chair. She became president-elect the following year and has been our president since 2015.

As League president, Devita forged ties between the League and the NAACP. The League first had a presence at the NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet in 2013. Our participation has grown to the point that the “League table” has expanded to two.

Other accomplishments during Devita’s time on the Board include continuing to expand League events throughout Story County and ensuring our continued involvement in the Upper Mississippi River Region Inter-League Organization (UMRRILO). She has also tirelessly supported League efforts such as VOTE411 and voter registration. As one board member said, “She has done her best to display an attitude of serving by example, with class and kindness. She puts the whole of us above the one of her is how I would best classify all that she is to LWV.”

Devita became a member of the Ames Human Relations Commission in 2012 and served on that group until 2015. She has also been involved in the Ames branch of the NAACP since 2012 and was elected secretary in 2016. She also served as Affirmative Action Officer for the Democratic Party, 4th Congressional District of Iowa, [...]

Devita Harden bringing the gavel down to begin her 24th and final Board meeting of her term.

Making Democracy Work Award

Judie Hoffman has been named the recipient of the first ever “Making Democracy Work” award from the League of Women Voters of Ames and Story County. 

Judie has worked to educate and engage others in the policy process. She has served on the Ames City Council from 1988 to 2003 and was Mayor pro tem in 1999-2000. In 1986, Judie became the State Legislative Lobbyist for the League of Women Voters of Iowa before taking on other roles, including Legislative Lobbyist for Ecumenical Ministries of Iowa in 1992, the Red Cross of Iowa in 1995 and the Iowa Reading Association in 1996.

Judie will be presented with the "Making Democracy Work" award on April 22 during the LWV 2017 Breakfast & Annual Meeting.