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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.

Annual Meeting-2018

The annual meeting and brunch of the League of Women Voters of Ames and Story County was held on April 14 at the Gateway Center Hotel in Ames.  Entertainment was provided by renditions of songs from the Suffragette Movement provided by Mary Richards and Friends.  The guest speaker was Kimberly Hope, Operations Manager of Iowa Resource for International Service (IRIS).  IRIS is a non-profit, non-religious organization which brings students, journalists, business people, educators, and government leaders to Iowa from Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and Asia, to promote international understanding, development, and peace.  Attendees at the annual meeting also heard a presentation from Doris Kelley who is leading the effort to develop and implement recognition during 2019 of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which was the culmination of the Women's Suffrage Movement.

The two major awards presented annually by the Ames and Story County Chapter were awarded:  Edna and Wayne Clinton received the Making Democracy Work Award for 2018, while Mary Sand received the Carrie Chapman Catt Award.

The morning concluded with the annual business meeting of the League of Women Voters of Ames and Story County.

Vote 411 Now Live with Candidate Information for June 5 Primary Election

May 15, 2018

Educating voters has been a core mission of the League of Women Voters since its inception. This spring, your local League of Ames & Story County has once again joined with the state and national leagues and prepared our online Voter Guide that does just that.

This version of the online Voter’s Guide,, will include all races on your June 5 th primary ballot. Each race will contain short candidate profiles as well as candidate responses to questions about issues important to our community.

This version of went live this morning. We hope you will look at the website and recommend it to others as a tool that might help in selecting candidates for both the primary and the upcoming general election in November, as well!

Please note that your first step after accessing the page will be to enter your address information so that Vote411 may personalize candidate information applicable to you.

If you do take advantage of this opportunity to get to know more about the races and candidates on your ballot, we would love to get your feedback!