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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.

Cancellation of Candidate Forum for Districts 19 and 25

People have been expressing their disappointment over the League’s cancellation of the US Representative Districts 19 and 25 candidate forum. We share your disappointment. Open dialog and exchange of ideas and opinions are key to our democracy and we were looking forward to providing Collier County citizens with the opportunity to hear from all candidates in these races.

In May we began contacting all candidates prior to the Primary to “save the date” for a forum on September 17th. Communications over the summer led us to be optimistic that candidates would be available. However, we were wrong.

One of League’s core missions is to encourage voting and educating on issues. However, we also do not support a candidate or party.

Over many years, the League at the national, state and local levels has developed best practices and guidelines for debates and forums:

For Federal races (U.S. House, U.S. Senate) an empty chair debate (where only one candidate is present) can NOT be held as it can be considered an “in-kind” contribution or providing “something of value” to a federal candidate by the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) and thus subject to the contributions or expenditures limitations, reporting requirements and prohibitions of federal election laws.” (Source: FAQ’s Candidate Forums – Debates)

The League encourages voters continue to learn about the candidates through www.VOTE411.org and www.BeReadyToVote.org. Upcoming forums hosted / co-hosted by LWVCC are on its website.

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

League Members Tour PACE

Members for the League’s Justice Committee toured PACE Center for Girls on April 11.

The photo album is available via the League’s Facebook page.

Posted by League of Women Voters of Collier County, Florida on Monday, April 16, 2018

League Members Attend March For Our Lives

League Members distributed Voter Registration materials at this recent Naples event.

Register. Educate. Vote. On March 24, local members attended March For Our Lives in Cambier Park to register voters and…

Posted by League of Women Voters of Collier County, Florida on Saturday, 24 March 2018

Government Committee Members Attend FL CRC Meeting

On March 5th, local League Members attended and spoke at the Florida Constitution Revision Commission Meeting. Attendees who completed a speaking card were given 2 minutes to speak.

The photo album is available via the League’s Facebook page.

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas waiting to speak

Posted by League of Women Voters of Collier County, Florida on Saturday, March 10, 2018

League Members Attend Legislative Summit

League members recently attend the LWVFL’s Legislative Summit in Tallahassee. Collier County League Co-President Charlotte Nycklemoe introduced Representative Byron Donalds (District 80) to LWV attendees.

Posted by League of Women Voters of Collier County, Florida on Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Posted by League of Women Voters of Collier County, Florida on Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Members of Environmental Affairs Committee Tour Local Water Processing Facilities

League members toured two facilities that process water on February 8th. South FL Water Tour: Lisa Koehler, chief administrator of the Big Cypress Basin (part of the South Florida Water Management District) explained the responsibilities of the organization, which includes flood control operations as well as water supply and water quality protection. North Water Tour: Later that day, League members toured the North County Water Reclamation Facility in Collier County, Florida. They learned how wastewater is treated so it can be reused as irrigation water, thus minimizing the use of potable water for irrigation.

The photo album is available via the League’s Facebook page.

Posted by League of Women Voters of Collier County, Florida on Tuesday, February 13, 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.

Social Policy Members Tour ECHO

The League of Women Voters of Collier County, Florida and League of Women Voters of Lee County, Florida jointly toured the work being done at ECHO Global Farm on 1/31/2018.

The photo album is available via the League’s Facebook page.

Posted by League of Women Voters of Collier County, Florida on Saturday, February 3, 2018