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 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. 

Judy 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.

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

Record crowd attends Gilbert Legislative Wake-up

Nearly 90  Story County citizens attended this morning's LWV of Ames and Story County Legislative Wake-Up. This is the largest group ever for for a Wake-up, according to League members.  Sen. Herman Quirmbach (D-23) and Reps. Lisa Heddens (D-46) and Beth Wessell-Kroeshell (D-45) discussed recent legislative action affecting collective bargaining, reproductive health, school funding, mental health care and voter registration.  Members of the audience asked a wide range of questions, most often asking for guidance in addressing their concerns about current legislation to those legislators who were not in attendance. All Story County lawmakers from both parties, including those representing Gilbert--Senator Jerry Behn (R-24) and Rep. Rob Bacon (R-48)--were invited to appear at the forum. 

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    LWV of Ames & Story County joins historic Women’s March in Des Moines

LWV of Ames & Story County joins historic Women’s March in Des Moines

Among the crowd of 26,000 at the Women's March in Des Moines, Saturday January 21, were many members of the LWV of Ames and Story County.  –Too many to locate and accurately count in such a wonderful, orderly and joyful crowd.  The home page slider locates one contingent of us as we gathered.