What does “nonpartisan” mean as we approach the midterm elections?

League members know that LWV is a nonpartisan organization. This means that we do not support or oppose any political party or candidate. We do however, take positions on selected governmental issues after member study and agreement. This approach of focusing on issues, not parties or politicians, ensures that the League’s voice is heard above the tumult of party politics while also being able to host respected candidate and issue forums to educate voters.

Our members are active politically. We’re proud that a number of members have run or are currently running for office this year. Others serve on campaigns. As the new season kicks off and as mid-term elections approach, please review the LWVCC’s Nonpartisan Policy, which was approved in 2010.

A few highlights:

  • Except for Voter Services Committee meetings where all candidates are being discussed in regards to voter education activities, discussion of candidates is to be avoided at all League meetings.
  • Campaign literature is not to be distributed at League meetings. There may be a designated area for campaign literature at Candidate Forums.
  • Campaign items may be worn by League members, except LWVCC Board Members.
  • Members in leadership roles have a responsibility to ensure an event’s nonpartisanship.

If there is a question or concern about the League’s policies, please contact the LWVCC.

Charlotte Nycklemoe Appointed to the League of Women Voters of Florida Board

Past President Charlotte Nycklemoe has been appointed to the League of Women Voters Florida Board. She will be a dynamic contributor to the mission of the Board and will represent the concerns of Southwest Florida. She also serves as Chair of the LWVFL Juvenile Justice Committee (Juvenile Delinquency Action Committee), working “to improve outcomes for at-risk youth in Florida by supporting and influencing best practice policies through education and advocacy.” The group is focusing on increasing the use of Civil Citations and decreasing the use of Direct File for juveniles.

Congratulations to League of Women Voters of Collier County, Florida past-President Charlotte Nycklemoe on her recent…

Posted by League of Women Voters of Collier County, Florida on Thursday, July 5, 2018

Suzanne Low Joins LWVCC Board

The League of Women Voters Collier Countty is proud to announce the appointment of Suzanne Low to its Board of Directors.

Suzanne joined Lassus Wherley in 1997 as a certified Financial Planner and professional and general counsel and served as the firm’s Director, Florida Operations, retiring in 2016. Suzanne enriches her work with generous amounts of community service to the business, professional and non-profit communities. She began her career by earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, with distinction, from the University of Wisconsin in 1970. She earned a Masters Degree from Indiana University in 1973 and her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law in 1981. Among her many accomplishments, Suzanne chaired the New Jersey Supreme Court District X Ethics Committee in 1992, serving a four-year term. She later served as Special Master of the committee and sat on the New Jersey Supreme Court Ethics Financial Committee. Suzanne has been a contributing writer for the Naples Daily News. Her articles appear in Business Edge, Garden State Woman, The Bottom Line and Gulf Coast Woman magazine. Suzanne has appeared on television and radio programs in Newsey and Florida to discuss finances and the economy.

Naples City Council Candidate Forum

Be informed! Learn more about the individuals running for Naples City Council and their positions on important issues in the city of Naples. The League of Women Voters (LWV) invites you to attend a candidate forum on Monday, January 29, 2018 at City Hall, 735 8th Street South from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization that sponsors numerous candidate debates. The LWV does not endorse, oppose, or support candidates or political parties.

Several local organizations are co-sponsoring the forum: Collier Citizens Council, Great Naples Chamber of Commerce, Greater Naples Leadership, Collier County Presidents Council, Greater Naples Better Government Committee and the Naples Press Club.

Candidates for City Council: Terry Hutchison, Mitchell Norgart, Linda Penniman, Gary Price

Date of Candidate Forum: Monday, January 29, 2018
Time of the Forum: 5:30 – 7:00 P.M.
Location: City Hall, 735 8th Street South, Naples
Broadcast: Channel 98

Election Day: Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Who may vote? You must be a City of Naples registered voter.

Where to Vote: At your assigned polling place on Election Day or Vote-by-mail.

Ballots must be submitted by January 31, 2018. Go to www.colliervotes.com for more information from the Supervisor of Elections Office. For more information: www.lwvcolliercounty.com.

Michelle Arnold Joins LWVCC Board

Michelle Edwards Arnold, Director, Collier County Public Transit & Neighborhood Enhancement Division, has joined the LWVCC Board.

Employed with Collier County since 1989, she started with the County as a Planner in the Comprehensive Planning Department with responsibilities over the Future Land Use Element for the County. She was also a manager in the County’s Housing Department administering various grant programs before becoming an Assistant to the County Manager for Neil Dorrill and Robert Fernandez. After working in the County Manager’s o+ce Mrs. Arnold was promoted to Director of Code Enforcement and ran a successful Department for 10 years.

Mrs. Arnold is currently the Department Director of Public Transit and Neighborhood Enhancement (PTNE) for the County with the responsibility of operating the Transit System, constructing and managing 10 Municipal Service Taxing Units (MSTU) with projects consisting of roadway improvement to electric utility burial. During her tenure with Public Transit, Mrs. Arnold has improved e+ciencies within the system; oversaw the construction of the system 4rst Intermodal Transfer Station and lead the systems to its highest ridership. Recently, Mrs. Arnold’s duties were temporarily expanded to include Director of the County’s Community Redevelopment Areas (Immokalee and Bayshore).

Outside of the office Mrs. Arnold is very community minded and has served on several community Boards including the League of Women’s Voters;Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce; the Naples High School StudentAdvisory Council (SAC); St. Matthew’s House Board; David Lawrence Center Board; and the local Hospice. Mrs. Arnold also coached soccer for the Naples Youth Soccer League, Naples Pro-Youth Soccer, and Gulf View Middle School.

Michelle is most proud of her family; husband Wayne Arnold, Vice President of Q. Grady Minor Engineering Firm (Chairman for Collier County Sheriff’s Office Junior Deputy Program) and sons Morgan who is a senior at Georgia Tech and Parker, a Junior at the University of Florida.