Don’t Just Stand There…Run! this Thursday, 7 pm

Don’t Just Stand There…RUN!

Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

at Newton City Hall, Room 211.

Considering running for public office? Or maybe helping someone run for office?  Interested in how local campaigns work?

The League of Women Voters of Newton invites candidates, potential candidates, campaign managers, campaign treasurers, and all interested citizens to a workshop that offers practical information and advice about political campaigns by a group of knowledgeable panelists:

  • David Olson, Newton City Clerk, will give an overview of the local filing and state requirements.
  • Marcia Johnson, former Ward 2 City Councilor, will discuss being a candidate and an elected official, while working and being a parent.
  • Greg Reibman, President of the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber, a blogger at Village 14, and former editor with the TAB, Boston Herald and PBS World Channel will discuss effective press/media communications.

Bring your questions and concerns for our panel of experts!

Contact the League of Women Voters of Newton at 617-383-4598 or with any questions.

Thanks to all who helped at the Ranked Choice Voting forum!

Many thanks to all those who joined us on Wednesday night at the Druker Auditorium (Newton Free Library) to hear about Ranked Choice Voting.  It was an excellent presentation that got us all thinking about how elections can be more fair, efficient, and reflective of the voters’ will.  We hope to have the video of the presentation available for viewing for everyone who couldn’t join us.

Thanks to Adam Friedman, Executive Director of Voter Choice Massachusetts, as well as Jen Otis and the VCM volunteers.  Thanks as well to League members Susan Friedman and Chris Hill for organizing the evening, and to Maureen Reilly Meagher and her team, Barry Mirrer, Miles Smith, Bonnie Carter and Joe Benn, for videotaping the event.

THIS WEEK: What in the world is Ranked Choice Voting? March 6th at 7 pm

What in the World Is Ranked Choice Voting?  7 p.m. March 6 at the Druker Auditorium in the Newton Free Library. 

Ever wonder what ‘ranked choice voting’ is?  Now is the time to learn about it!  LWVN is co-sponsoring a presentation by Voter Choice Massachusetts Executive Director Adam Friedman  on ranked choice voting, its benefits and uses elsewhere, including audience participation in a ranked choice vote. You will learn how this nonpartisan form of voting can help ensure (1) majority support of elected officials, (2) elimination of the “spoiler effect,” (3) candidates who appeal to a broad base of voters, (4) a wide range of candidates without fear of vote splitting, and (5) candidates who are motivated to reach beyond their base to find common ground with more voters.  This voting method has recently been enacted in Maine and is already in use in a number of cities across the country.  You will hear about the effort to get ranked choice voting approved for all Massachusetts primaries and elections for all state offices. 

Sponsored by the Newton Free Library and co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Newton.  

Save the date: Don’t Just Stand There…Run! on April 4th

Join City Clerk David Olson, Newton-Needham Regional Chamber President Greg Reibman, and former City Councilor Marcia Johnson for a discussion about running for office.  Panelists will talk about the legal requirements as well as real-life experiences and advice on being a candidate for office.  Whether you are thinking about running or planning on helping someone run for office, come with questions!  Location TBD; time will be 7 pm.

This Thursday: Voter suppression, gerrymanding, absentee ballots…February Topic Meeting on February 28th at 7:30 pm

Come hear the latest on issues related to fair elections, including voter suppression, gerrymandering, absentee ballots and more when LWVN hosts Newton resident and former Legal Director at Demos Lisa Danetz at our next topic meeting on Thursday, February 28 from 7:30 to 9 pm.  More info to come!

Lisa Danetz, a public policy consultant for philanthropic foundations, has worked in the voting rights, money in politics, and democracy field as an expert, advocate, and lawyer for over 15 years. Her work has focused on improving election administration and increasing the political participation of disfranchised groups within our society through public policy research, litigation, executive and legislative advocacy, and public education. Ms. Danetz is the former legal director of Demos, a New York-based public policy center, and also worked at National Voting Rights Institute.

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