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NEW FISCAL YEAR, MEMBERSHIP DUES, AND NEW MEMBERS WELCOMED! 

The League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico (LWVSNM) began its new fiscal year on May 1, 2021.  Women and men are welcome to join our local, non-profit organization.  Annual dues are paid in May/June:  $65 per person, and a second person in the same household only pays half the cost ($32.50).  Students 16 years or older can join for free.

You can pay online on this website (click here: https://www.lwvsnm.org/join/) or mail your check to the LWVSNM, c/o P.O. Box 15142, Las Cruces, NM 88004.  And, fill out this membership form and send it with your payment.  For questions, call 524-VOTE (8683).

League members meet once a month (except July) throughout the year and are involved with numerous activities and events.  Currently, meetings are held via Zoom; hybrid meetings will begin in August 2021.  Join us!

LOCAL LEAGUE ELECTS NEW BOARD, OFFICERS

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.

WOMEN’S ISSUES PRESENTATION GIVEN DURING WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

Watch the March 13, 2021 presentation to the League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico by Dr. Martha Burk. She remains at the forefront of the debate on women’s progress in the U.S. and around the world. Dr.  Burk discusses women’s history and leadership. Dr. Burk is also a women’s issues expert and national consultant on gender pay equity to governments at all levels and corporations. Click here for the video and then ENTER this passcode after clicking on the link:  rQg.TF6? 

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.

NEW MEXICO UNDERGOES REDISTRICTING

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 the video.

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.

More information about the Who’s Who Directory, or to obtain a copy, contact Brook (<ahref=”mailto:kathybrook@comcast.net”>kathybrook@comcast.net)  or VanWie (<ahref=”mailto:lwvsnm.pres.e@gmail.com”>lwvsnm.pres.e@gmail.com).