LWV Newton Candidates’ Workshop: “Don’t Stand There…Run!”

2013 is a Municipal Election year…

  • Are you running for public office this year – either as an incumbent or for the first time?
  • Have ever thought about running for public office?
  • Has someone asked you to be a campaign manager, treasurer, or advisor?
  • Or are you a voter who is interested in hearing about the ins and outs of local elected office and running a campaign?

Then join the League of Women Voters of Newton for an informative and lively workshop providing guidance and advice about how to run a campaign for municipal public office in Newton.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013, from 7:00-9:00pm, at the Brigham House, 20 Hartford Street, Newton Highlands.

Each speaker will spend 10-15 minutes on topic, then answer questions from the audience. Our speakers are:

  • Jason Tait (Director of Communication & Public Education, MA Office of Campaign and Political Finance) – on MA rules & regulations
  • David Olson (Interim Executive Sec’y, Newton Elections Dept; Newton City Clerk) on Newton dates & filing details
  • Claire Sokoloff (retiring Chairperson of Newton School Committee) on what School Committee job entails
  • Stephen Linsky (retiring Newton Alderman) on job of Alderman
  • Melanie Graham (editor of Newton Patch) – how to effectively interface with media interests and opportunities.

(20 Hartford Street, in Newton Highlands, is just off Lincoln St, next to a city parking lot & near the Newton Highlands Green Line T-stop.)

Green Decade Earth Day Program – Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Trash and Recycling, But Were Afraid to Ask!

When: Monday, April 22, 2013, 7:00pm

Where: Druker Auditorium, Newton Free Library

Join Green Decade for a presentation by Courtney Forrester and Elaine Gentile from Newton’s Department of Public Works to learn what goes in those blue and green bins, what happens once it leaves the curb, what the City is doing to expand waste reduction and recycling programs, and how residents can help.

For more information, see Green Decade’s website.

Co-sponsored by LWV Newton

LWV Needham Event: The Influence of Money on Our Democracy: What Can “We the People” Do?

Join LWV Needham on Thursday, April 25, 2013, at 7:30pm, at Milas Hall, Olin College, 1000 Olin Way, Needham.

Professor Lawrence Lessig will discuss the corrupting influence of money on the decisions made by our elected officials, especially in the US. Congress. More importantly, we will look to him to present a grassroots call to action for change.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited to the first 300 people. Please come early to secure your seat.

See the event flyer for more information.

Spring into Spring with the League! Membership Event

Thursday, February 28, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Waban Library, 1608 Beacon Street,  Waban

All League members and women and men wishing to learn more about upcoming activities are invited to attend this social. Bring a friend!

RSVP:  membership@lwvnewton.org

Day on the Hill 2013

March 13, 2013; 10 am –  12 noon

“Democracy Is Not a Spectator Sport” is the theme of the Massachusetts League’s annual Day on the Hill lobbying day at the State House on Wednesday, March 13.  The focus will be on how to be an effective advocate on League-supported issues with your State Senators and Representatives.  The Day on the Hill program runs from 10 a.m. to noon in the Gardner Auditorium at the State House

Please plan to come; after the program, LWVN members will meet with members of our state delegation to discuss League-supported legislation. The more people who visit their legislators, the more influence the League has.  There’s strength in numbers.

Rep. Thomas Conroy will use an upcoming piece of legislation to illustrate the process of drafting legislation, getting sponsors, and the role advocacy plays, including how the state and local Leagues can be effective in presenting their positions on legislation.  A second speaker from an advocacy organization will discuss the issue from that point of view.

The state League’s legislative specialists will talk briefly about key bills expected in this session of the legislature. Details on the bills, including specific talking points, will be distributed to local Leagues before Day on the Hill, so you will have the information you need to make the case with your legislators.

Please email info@lwvnewton.org if you would like to join other LWVN members; we will try to travel into Boston together via T or carpool.

For more information, see the Day on the Hill flyer.

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