LAS CRUCES—The League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico (LWVSNM) will initiate hybrid meetings for its organization beginning in August, announced Co-President Kathy Brook. The first hybrid meeting will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 14, 2021, when members gather in-person or via Zoom teleconference.  The guest speaker will be Dr. Tim Hand, the Deputy Secretary of Policy, Strategy and Accountability for the New Mexico Department of Education (NMPED). 

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Dr. Hand of Las Cruces will discuss how NMPED will work with school districts to address instructional issues resulting from the pandemic.

Brook said members can choose whether to meet in-person at the Creative Arts Room of the Good Samaritan Village on 3011 Buena Vida Circle, or they can attend via a Zoom teleconference.  Attendees should notify the League (lwvsnm@gmail.com) as to which they prefer.  The League’s general meetings are on the second Saturday of each month, she added.

“Having a hybrid meeting should accommodate everyone, since some people are ready to be around others, while some still feel more comfortable with social distancing,” Brook said.  “Either way, we want to maintain our local activities that support democracy and the right to vote.”

There will also be a new member orientation at 10 a.m. on August 14 via Zoom, Brook said.  Guests will get an overview of the League’s mission and activities.  If interested, send an email or call 575-524-VOTE (8683).The League monthly meetings are open to all newcomers.  Dues are $65 per person a year (or $32.50 for a second household members) while students who are 16 years and older are free.  A registration form is online at www.lwvsnm.org/join/.  Dues and contributions to the League can also be paid online via PayPal at www.lwvsnm.org/donate/, or checks can be mailed to LWVSNM, P.O. Box 15142, Las Cruces, NM 88004.                                                           

Earlier this year, the 100-plus members adopted a philosophy known as JEDI—Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.  Brook said JEDI will be the foundation of all League activities, ranging from voter services to supporting education and youth engagement.

“In the coming year, we also hope to encourage more area residents to join our organization which serves to promote and protect our Democracy,” she added

For more information, contact Brook at lwvsnm@gmail.com.



The League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico (LWVSNM) recently elected several new members to its Board of Directors for fiscal year 2021/2022, announced Co-Presidents Kathy Brook and Eileen VanWie.  Click here to see the 2021/2022 leadership for LWVSNM.


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.


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).


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.