June 20, 2019
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Patty Kannapel, LWVKY Communications Co-Chair
STATE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS ELECTS NEW OFFICERS
HOPKINSVILLE, KY – The League of Women Voters of Kentucky elected new officers for two-year terms at its April 13 biennial convention in Hopkinsville. Fran Wagner, Louisville, was elected president; Dee Pregliasco, Louisville, was elected first vice-president; Bonnie Lynch, Hopkinsville, was elected second vice-president; Harriette Seiler, Louisville, was elected secretary; and Richard Heine, Lexington, was elected treasurer. Jennifer Jackson and Judy Johnson, both of Lexington, were elected Directors. Following the convention, the State Board appointed the following Directors: Nikki Chambers, Hopkinsville; Verna Cahoon, Louisville; Patty Kannapel, Louisville; and Jules Marquart, Louisville. These new Directors join current Directors Soraya Assar, Hopkinsville; Cindy Heine, Lexington; and Mary Jo Rodgers, Louisville.
Also at the convention, the members agreed to a program including educating the public on restoration of voting rights for former felons and on the process for redrawing legislative district maps following the 2020 census. The League will advocate on those issues with the state legislature. The approved 2019-2020 program also includes League sponsorship of fall 2019 forums for candidates running for Kentucky constitutional offices, as well as events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage.
Melissa Currence updated the assembly on the National League’s 2019-20 plans, including get-out-the vote strategies as well as plans for educating the public about the For the People Act. Members also heard from several local elected officials, including Christian County Magistrate Maggie Ferguson and Circuit Court Clerk Paige Parker, about why they ran for office and their public service records.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization of women and men who work to educate and involve citizens in government. The League does not support or oppose candidates for office or political parties.