I’m no longer a fixture in our capitol, but my interest in politics will never retire. Because I’m a male, people are surprised to learn that I am a member of the League of Women Voters of Larimer County. As your former state senator, I know many political advocacy organizations.
Contrary to popular perception, the League is “not for women only.” I joined the League because, among the many organizations that encourage and facilitate citizen participation in our democracy, the League is one of the most active and effective. Here are some the current activities of the League that confirm my choice to support this active group of men and women.
LWVLC Accomplishments in 2016 Election
- Voter Registration Events – for Election 2016 alone, the LWVLC registered 470 voters at several local high schools, Housing Catalyst, Matthews House and Mackenzie Place.
- Candidate Forums – Forums were held in Fort Collins (26 people attended) and Loveland (58 people attended)
- Ballot Issues Presentations – 19
- Ballot Issue Pamphlets – 6,500 state, 6,000 local and 600 in Spanish were distributed.
- Informed Voter Book Club meets monthly at Old Town Firehouse Books to discuss politically relevant non-fiction books.
- Letter to the Editor Writing Parties support citizens to share their ideas for our government.
- VOTE411.org – LWV volunteers wrote and submitted questions for County Commissioner candidates to answer, and then shared them on this website. Pros and cons of ballot issues at all levels of government were presented on this one accessible source.
- Social Media – We reached 8,000 local citizens with conversations on our Facebook fan page, and we continue to help those fans stay aware of local issues and events.
Now more than ever, regardless of whether liberal or conservative instincts guide you, each of us must do our part to stay vigilant as the future of our government moves forward.
I invite you to become a member of the League of Women Voters to help us pursue civil discourse. This nonpartisan group of your neighbors does not advocate for any candidate or party. We are issues oriented — a sensible perspective for approaching the challenges ahead for our nation.
Bob Bacon, Former Colorado State Senator and Member of the League of Women Voters of Larimer County