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NOMINATIONS ACCEPTED FOR “MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK” AWARD

The League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico (LWVSNM) is sponsoring the 2nd annual “Making Democracy Work” award.  Nominations of a Southern New Mexico resident who has contributed to our Democracy will be accepted through January 27, 2022.  Both the nominee and the nominator must live within Southern New Mexico.  The winner will be awarded a $250 cash award.  Click here to read more information about the award and the criteria. (LWVSNM members are not eligible for the award.)

Download the Nomination Form here and email it and an attached narrative to lwvsnm@gmail.com or mail it to: LWVSNM, P.O. Box 15142, Las Cruces, NM 88004.

STATE REDISTRICTING SURVEY RESULTS

Leagues across New Mexico have been monitoring the redistricting process that will go before the NM Legislature in the coming days.  The presence of an independent redistricting commission (CRC) for this cycle has increased anticipation that the upcoming legislative session may produce a better process and outcomes. Some results are now available from the 2020 New Mexico Redistricting Survey, which was aimed at providing policymakers, advocates, and the wider public with valuable information about how the electorate in New Mexico views the redistricting process.

Click here to read some of the major findings.

LWVSNM MEETS IN HYBRID MEETINGS

The League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico (LWVSNM) holds hybrid meetings for its organization. The regular meetings are generally held on the second Saturday of each month at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom.  However, on occasion, the meeting will also be on Zoom and in-person.  When in-person meetings are held, they are located at the Good Samaritan Society Creative Arts Room on 3011 Buena Vida Circle.

The League continues to welcome new members.  Membership dues for one-half year (November through April) are only $32.50.  (Students 16 years and older can join for free.) For more information about the meetings or to join the League, contact lwvsnm@gmail.com.

LOCAL LEAGUE BOARD and OFFICERS

The League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico (LWVSNM) is led by a group of women who are committed to protecting Democracy and our community.  The 2021/22 Officers are:  Co-Presidents Kathy Brook and Eileen VanWie; Vice President Laura Castille; Secretary Johnnie Aldrich; Treasurer Mary Flynn;  Membership Director Nancy Stanton;  Voter Services Director Dale Yeo; Nominating Committee Chair Marjorie Burr and Committee Member Priscilla Parish.  Others appointed by the Board are Public Relations Director Jo Galván Nash, and Membership Coordinator Rosa Morales.

Las Crucens Kathy Brook is also a state Program Director and Johnnie Aldrich, the LWVSNM Secretary, serves on the state Nomination Committee member. Eileen VanWie is also a state Board member.

In 2021, the 107 female and male members of LWVSNM adopted the Eileen VanWie philosophy known as JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion).  JEDI is the foundation of all League activities, ranging from voter services to supporting education and youth engagement. The LWVSNM studies and advocates for selected issues that expand voting rights for all citizens and social justice for all residents.

Contact the League if you are interested in joining or attending a meeting: lwvsnm@gmail.com.

 

NEW MEXICO UNDERGOES REDISTRICTING

A new video from specialists at the US Census Bureau helps citizens understand how the census will be used in New Mexico’s redistricting.  See the video here.  Following each census, the state of New Mexico undergoes redistricting.  This is an important task that involves community input.  The Fair Districts New Mexico organization – a nonpartisan group that includes a cross-section of residents throughout the state – developed a short video to help citizens understand the proposed redistricting reforms.  Click here to watch that video.

You can read about the state’s Citizen Redistricting Committee’s most recent work here: https://www.nmredistricting.org/

LWVSNM UPDATES ELECTED OFFICIALS DIRECTORY – WHO’S WHO 

The League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico (LWVSNM) announced that a comprehensive directory of elected officials from Doña Ana County has been updated to reflect the outcome of the Nov. 3, 2020 General Election. The updated Who’s Who is available to download. The previous 2020 Who’s Who of Elected Officials with officials whose terms end Dec. 30, 2020, can also be downloaded. Copies of the directories are also located on the LWVSNM website or can be picked up at Branigan Memorial Library, City Hall and the County Government Center.

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“For over 30 years, the League has produced Who’s Who to promote communications with the elected public officials who serve us,” Brook said.  “During that period, it has expanded considerably to include officials in Anthony, Hatch, Mesilla, Sunland Park and soil and water conversation districts, as well as Las Cruces and Doña Ana County.” Brook said the directory includes phone numbers, email addresses, as well as website addresses for elected officials.  In addition to county positions, such as County Commissioners, Clerk, Sheriff, Treasurer and Assessor, the directory includes federal officials such as the President and Vice President, Congressmen and the U.S. Senators. State positions from the Executive Branch include the Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, and members of the Governor’s Cabinet, among others.

“The League is a non-partisan organization that does not support or oppose any candidate. Once candidates are elected, it’s important to get this information into the hands of all residents,” said Eileen VanWie, LWVSNM Co-President. “This directory is a way to keep communication transparent for the electorate.”

The 18-page directory also has contact information for the Las Cruces City Council, the three School Boards in the county, state and local judges, several state commissions, plus the managers for the local governments.

For more information about the Who’s Who Directory, or to obtain a copy, contact Brook or VanWie at lwvsnm@gmail.com or 575-524-VOTE (8683).

LWVSNM AWARDS FIRST MAKING DEMOCRACY WORK AWARDS

The first annual Making Democracy Work (MDW) Awards by the League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico (LWVSNM) were recently presented to three women leaders who were instrumental in a project that contributed to strengthening democracy.  Jamie Patterson and Josie Miller, academic content specialists from the Las Cruces Public Schools (LCPS), and Jamey Rickman, community engagement manager for the City of Las Cruces, are the first recipients of the annual MDW Award.  Read about it here.