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Voters: Meet Your Candidates

Local residents visit with local and state candidates.
The League of Women Voters of Chaffee County, Colorado hosted the popular Candi-Dating event on Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 3:30 to 5:30 PM at the McGinnis Middle School Gym in Buena Vista.

For individual videos of each candidate go here

Find out more about the candidates at Vote 411

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Topic 1: “Refugees and Global Migration”
Topic 2: “The Middle East: Regional Disorder”
Topic 3: “Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?”
Topic 4: “The Rise of Populism in Europe”
Topic 5: “Decoding U.S.- China Trade”
Topic 6: “Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics”
Topic 7: “The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested”
Topic 8: “State of the State Department and Diplomacy”

2019 GREAT DECISIONS topics have been announced, and the books will be ready to order on October 22. I will be taking orders for the books, beginning now.  They do not actually ship out until sometime in December.

If you would like a book, let me know, and I will get your name on the list.  After I actually place the order, I will know the final price, then I will ask for payment. I would like to have a final tally by October 26.
Contact Carol Sanford at 395-2417
[email protected] (I would prefer an email)

The Discussions will start on January 24, and continue on the second and fourth Thursdays for a total of 8 sessions.  We meet at the BV library from 4:30 to 6:00
Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Affordable Housing Projects and Policies

The League of Women Voters of Chaffee County, Colorado hosted a forum on Affordable/Workforce Housing on May 14th, 2018 from noon until 1:00pm in the Poncha Springs Town Hall conference room. The panel discussed specific projects/policies/etc in their area of expertise.

The panel included:
Ken Matthews 
– moderator for the panel
– HPAC’s purpose and goals
Kimberly Parker
– Housing victim advocate alliance in Chaffee County
– Co-chair of Housing Policy Advisory Committee
– Candidate for County Commissioner
Read McCulloch
– Chaffee Housing Trust
– Two Rivers project and the mix of rentals & owners
– Salida Crossings project including deed restrictions for some of the units
Autumn Dever
– proposed UAACOG project in Poncha
– description of the project, services provided
Brian Berger
— Poncha Springs Town Administrator
— Projects in the area
Paige Judd
— Judd Salida project
Duane Cozart
— Salida Crossings

The presentations were followed by a short Q&A from the audience.

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Redistricting: Making Everyone’s Vote Count

Moving Colorado and the Country toward Non-partisan Redistricting

Chaffee County League of Women Voters hosted another Drinks and Dialogue Event on April 18 from 5:30 to 7:00 at the Sangre de Cristo Community Room, 29780 Hwy 25, Buena Vista, CO

“To the winner goes the spoils” is the traditional method of redistricting in many states, including Colorado. Whoever controls the state government creates the voting districts for state legislators and Congress. Many of those voting districts are then drawn to assist the party that is currently in power to stay in control of those seats.

Is this the best way to ensure that voters are well represented and reside in districts that make sense?

How partisan are voting districts in Colorado?

Come and learn about non-partisan proposals for redistricting in Colorado as well as national trends to create geographically sensible, non-partisan districts to more fairly represent voter preferences.
Follow the redistricting discussion progress documents here.

Two Colorado state League of Women Voters members, Toni Larson, President of the Colorado League of Women Voters and Jean Fredlund, Director and Chair of the League Redistricting Committee have been involved with a broad coalition of Colorado organizations to propose several bills to create non-partisan voting districts. They will speak and lead a discussion of these issues.

Complimentary drinks and appetizers will be provided.
Join us for a thought provoking evening.

Link to Video shown prior to the presentation

What Do Your Recyclables Become?

The Chaffee County League of Women Voters invited the public to come learn about what REALLY happens to our recycled materials from Angel of Shavano Recycling on March 12, 2018  from  Noon – 1:00 pm at the Sangre De Cristo meeting room in Buena Vista, CO.

WE’RE AT A CRITICAL TURNING POINT: Climate change. Plastics in our oceans. Toxic chemicals in our food and water. We can choose a different future. We can start by eliminating the very concept of waste. The league would like to thank Mickey Barry of Angel of Shavano Recycling for his time and wealth of knowledge. Watch the meeting video here:

Links to learn more:

What Do Your Recyclables Become?

Looking for recycling and composting guidelines?

Candi-dating RETURNS!

League to Host

Buena Vista Town Government Candidates

2018 Candi-dating in BV

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – 6:00 to 8:30

at the McGinis Middle School Gym,
South Railroad St., Buena Vista, CO 81211

It’s a Political Party!

Candidate speed-dating – each candidate has the opportunity to make 2-minute opening remarks followed by table rotation to small groups of voters.

Come visit with the 11 trustee candidates and 2 mayoral candidates in small group settings.

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Money in Politics – Drinks & Dialogue

On Thursday, Nov. 16th, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30 at the Branding Iron in BV featured speaker, Caroline Fry, the Advocacy & Media Manager with Colorado Common Cause discussed with an audience of about 40 people how money affects state and local races. She shared hands-on strategies to use to track money in Colorado politics. The audience enjoyed complimentary appetizers and a cash bar.



Date of public event: October 11, 2017 – 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.
League to Host Salida City Government Candidates
at the Salida Community Center, 305 F Street, Salida, CO 81201
The League of Women Voters of Chaffee County (LWVCC) has announced the League will host a public event for Salida City Government Candidates – Mayor and City Council. Candidates participating are
  • Ward 1 candidates Monica Griesenbeck and Dan Shore,
  • Ward 2 candidates Justin Critelli and Richard Leavitt, and
  • Ward 3 candidates incumbent Melodee Hallett and challenger Harald Kaspar.
  • Mayoral Candidate incumbent Jim Livecchi is scheduled to attend, but his challenger, PT Wood is unable to attend due to a prior out-of-town commitment. A proxy for Mr. Wood will make introductory remarks in his stead.

Ballots will be distributed during the week of October 16.

It’s a Political Party!  Traditionally, the LWVCC has conducted forums using a model in which audience members have their questions asked of candidates through a moderator.  Because of the number of candidates, we feel that the answers to questions would become redundant, and due to time constraints, a limited number of questions could be answered.  We propose use a different forum model, one called by one local league “Candi-Dating.” Check out this link ( to read about it.  After each candidate has the opportunity to make 2-minute opening remarks, the process will essentially follow a speed-dating model.  This is the same model successfully used last year for Chaffee County Commissioners and HD 60 candidates in Salida and Buena Vista.

The LWVCC’s mission for the past 15 years has been to provide opportunities for local citizens to hear candidates running for office and learn about ballot issues.”  The LWVCC does not support or oppose candidates or political parties. It is a local community organization open to all persons 18 years of age and older. For information, visit

Candi-Dating Volunteers Needed
Dear LWVCC Member,
Some of you helped with last year’s successful Chaffee County Commissioner/HD 60 Candi-Dating event and know how exciting the evening can be.  To date, we have seven of eight candidates committed to attending the event, hence we need seven volunteer table moderators.  Volunteers will also function as greeters, assigning attendees to numbered tables.  Candidates will move from table to table at ten minute intervals so we also need a time keeper.  Help setting up and taking down will also be appreciated.  Please contact me by email or cell phone below if you are available and willing to help.


Scott Hartman
LWVCC Voter Service Coordinator
[email protected]
719-221-4580Neither Candi-Dating nor our more traditional Candidate Forums would be possible without the help of volunteers like you.  Nearly 130 Chaffee County voters (75 in BV; 52 in Salida) had the opportunity to get to know the candidates and where they stand on local issues over the two evenings’ events.  I think that Candi-Dating gives us a dynamic new tool to educate voters and make candidates accessible to Chaffee County voters.Buena Vista: There are no contested races for the BV School Board.  Scott attended an informational meeting about 3-A, the school bond issue.  After speaking with Earl Richmond and Lisa Yates, we felt that the weekly informational meetings conducted by the school district was adequate for getting out the positive vote.  Both noted that much of the opposition to last year’s 3-A had dissolved and some had even indicated that this year’s 3-A was really what they wanted all the time.

Voting Methods 101 by LWV Boulder County

LWVBoulder County Voting Methods Team


Because plurality voting (the voting method most commonly used in elections across the USA) often produces results that do not accurately represent the voters’ preferences, and
Because the 2016 election has heightened interest in better voting methods locally, statewide and nationally in order to get results that more accurately represent the voters’ preferences, and
Because, while acknowledging that there is no perfect method of voting, there is agreement among voting methods experts that there are alternative methods of voting (e.g., rank choice, approval, score) that, compared to plurality, more accurately represent the voters’ preferences, improve the election experience, and encourage honest voting rather than tactical voting, and
Because improving the election experience can help the LWV reach its Making Democracy Work® goals of engaging more voters in the election process and increasing fairness in and accessibility to the democratic process, and Because the LWV of Colorado and LWVUS do not have a position on voting methods, therefore
The LWV of Boulder County offers the following position statement for local league consideration and seeks their vote of concurrence at the 2017 May Convention of the League of Women Voters of Colorado:


The League supports authorizing and implementing alternatives to plurality voting that allow people to express their preferences more effectively. The League supports gaining on-the-ground experience with alternative voting methods in order to ascertain whether a voting method results in outcomes that match voters’ preferences as recorded on their ballots. The League supports voting methods that improve the election experience, that encourage honest voting rather than tactical voting, and that consider ease of implementation.

• Some voting methods are intended for single-winner elections, others for multi- winner elections. It is important that the intended use of a voting method match its actual application. Multi-winner voting methods can promote proportional representation which fosters diversity of our elected officials.
• Election officials should conduct post-election analysis to evaluate the voters’ usage of the voting method and the election’s reflection of voters’ stated preferences. There should be sufficient data transparency–for example, access to ballot records in anonymous form–for an independent analysis to be conducted by other interested groups.

About Great Decisions



Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs.  The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.

How does the local League participate?

Interested in world affairs but feel you don’t know enough to discuss them intelligently? Join Great Decisions to hear and discuss impartial, thought-provoking analyses concerning U.S. foreign policy.

Great Decisions 2017 Topics

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