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Candidate Forum Audio Recordings Available from KHOI FM Web site

KHOI FM Community Radio in Ames records our candidate forums for later broadcast on their station and placement on their Web site.  These may be edited to a length which fits their program format.

Iowa House Districts 45, 46, 48 (October 3 at Nevada Public Library) 

Iowa Senate Districts 23 and 25 (October 11 at Fairview Lodge)

Story County Board of Supervisors (October 15 at Story County Extension)

Story County Treasurer, Recorder, Attorney (October 29 at Ames Public Library)

There also was a candidate forum for Iowa Senate District 49 on October 25 at Story County Extension.  A separate recording of this forum is not available, but excerpts can be heard in the recording of Local Talk at 7 am on October 29 on KHOI.  On this page, scroll down to the 7 am podcast of Local Talk on October 29 and click on the "Play" button.  The forum excerpts start at about the 25 minute and 50 second mark of the recording.

Audio Recording of Candidate Forum for Iowa House Districts 45, 46, and 48 Available for Listening

The audio recording of the candidate forum for candidates for Iowa House Districts 45, 46, and 48 is available for listening. (Caution: this is a rather large file.)

The League of Women Voters expresses its deep appreciation to KHOI Radio for recording the forum and for making the audio file available to us.  The file has been edited only to remove dead spots (silences).  This represents significant effort by KHOI staff.

Candidate Forums in October: Senate Districts 23 and 25 on October 11

The first of five candidate forums sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Ames and Story County and scheduled during October was held On Wednesday evening.  That forum included candidates for Iowa House Districts 45, 46, and 48.  Next up: Candidates for Iowa Senate Districts 23 and 25 will appear at a forum scheduled at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 11 at Fairview Lodge in Story City.

Iowa Senate District 25 Candidate Forum

LWV and Center for Rural Affairs co-hosted the Iowa Senate District 25 Candidate Forum that was held in the Nevada Public Library on May 23 at 6:00pm.  Approximately 24 people attended including Candidates Annette Sweeney and Chad Buss.  Some of the issues addressed were Health Care, Local Control, Alternative Energy and Water Quality.  Katie Rock (left) from the Center for Rural Affairs, moderated.

Candidate Forum for Iowa State Senate District 25

On May 23, the League of Women Voters of Ames and Story County will co-sponsor a candidate forum for candidates for State Senate District 25.  The forum is cosponsored with the Center for Rural Affairs.  The forum will be held at the Nevada Public Library, 631 K Ave, from 6-7:30 pm.
State Senate District 25 includes a majority of the geographic area of Story County, including the eastern half and the southern tier of the county, as well as all of Hardin and Grundy counties and the southeastern portion of Butler County.
The forum is open to all interested persons and is free.

What Does “Non-Partisan” Mean?

The League of Women Voters is non-partisan.  This term is often misunderstood or poorly understood.  It does mean that the League does not endorse candidates in partisan elections not does it align with a political party.  There are restrictions on the partisan political activity of officers (which may vary by the office held) and neither officers nor members may represent the League as aligned with any political party.

Non-partisan does not mean that the League abstains from taking positions on important policy issues and proposals.  Indeed, the League (at all levels) conducts research on policy issues and may endorse specific proposals to address problems identified in those studies.

Non-partisan also does not mean that the League avoids contact with political figures, including candidates for partisan political offices.  The League sponsors candidate forums during campaign seasons.  The forums are generally panels of candidates for an office or offices who may make brief statements about their candidacies.  All candidates for an office who appear on a ballot are issued invitations to appear, although some candidates decline.

The League of Women Voters of Ames and Story County also sponsors periodic forums of panels of officials who represent citizens of Story County.  During the annual sessions of the Iowa General Assembly, forums of local legislators are held monthly and are called "Legislative Wake Ups."  Annually, the League is a sponsor of a "State of the Community" event, with presentations from officials representing important governing bodies and institutions summarizing the status and issues important to each organization. In 2017, this event was co-sponsored with the Ames Chamber of Commerce.

Another way in which the League works with both partisan and non-partisan candidates is the Vote411 program which produces on line voter guides for [...]