Kentucky League of Women Voters to Sponsor Two Televised Gubernatorial Debates in October

July 31, 2019

(Here’s our press release issued July 30, 2019)

The Kentucky League of Women Voters (LWV) will host two debates between Republican Matt Bevin and Democrat Andy Beshear in the race for governor.

The Lexington debate will be co-sponsored with the University of Kentucky Student Government Association and Gray Television and its nine stations covering Kentucky.WKYT’s Bill Bryant and WAVE’s Shannon Cogan will moderate. The debate will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the Singletary Center for the Arts, and will air live on WKYT at 7 pm Eastern time.

The Louisville debate will be co-sponsored with WLKY, with news anchor Vicki Dortch as moderator. The debate will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Cralle Theater on the Bellarmine University campus in Louisville, and will be aired live on WLKY at 8 pm Eastern time.

Kentucky League policy requires that candidates be invited to participate in general elections if they qualify to be on the ballot and have five percent or more recognition on nonpartisan statewide polls. Should another candidate meet that requirement, he or she would be invited to participate.

Election day is Nov. 5.


The League of Women Voters envisions a democracy in which every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate.  The League is proud to be non-partisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties, but always working on vital issues of concern to voters.

Ky League Responds to Supreme Court Decision on Partisan Gerrymandering

June 28, 2019

(Here’s the full text of our press release sent to media outlets)

On June 27, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a set of landmark redistricting cases with implications for the future of American democracy.  The Court chose not to draw a clear line between a fair district map and one that is too partisan.

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is disappointed by the decision but determined to carry on the fight for fair districts designed by a fair process.  Across the country, partisan gerrymandering has created districts that disproportionally favor incumbents. Both political parties have abused the process, with politicians choosing their voters rather than voters choosing their representatives. We want Kentucky to do better than that.

The LWV of Kentucky will redouble efforts to ensure that the Kentucky General Assembly uses a fair, transparent procedure for redistricting after the 2020 census.  We also recommit our efforts to the passage of the For the People Act that has passed the U.S. House of Representatives and needs a hearing in the Senate.  One of the provisions of the For the People Act is the establishment of independent commissions in each state to redraw district boundaries following the census every 10 years.

“Our democracy is a work in progress, and the League won’t back down until we have a system in place that works for everyone,” Kentucky State League President, Fran Wagner, said.

 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.

Read the League’s report and resources on redistricting.


Patty Kannapel, LWVKY Communications Co-Chair


State League of Women Voters Elects New Officers

July 13, 2015

April 27, 2015



Cindy Heine, Publicity Co-chair



SHAKER VILLAGE at PLEASANT HILL, KY. – The League of Women Voters of Kentucky elected new officers at its April 11 biennial convention at Shaker Village. Terry Naydan, Ed.D. and Nita Smith, both of Lexington, were elected as co-presidents; Bonnie Lynch, Hopkinsville, was elected first vice-president; Steve Senft of Lexington was elected second vice-president; Fran Wagner, Louisville was elected secretary and Richard Heine, Lexington was elected treasurer. They will serve two-year terms.

The members agreed to a program including a review of the legislative oversight of Kentucky’s state-funded pension system; follow up on Kentucky’s recently adopted social studies frameworks with a focus on civics; and a review of issues related to the judicial system to determine a more targeted approach for future study and/or action.

A panel including Senator Whitney Westerfield, Christian County, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Gretchen Hunt, Staff Attorney with the KY Association of Sexual Assault Programs and Neil Ward, Bell County Attorney, discussed House Bill 8, the so-called dating violence bill, enacted in the 2015 legislative session. They shared the extent of domestic violence in Kentucky and the need for expansion of emergency protective orders. Senator Westerfield described the bi-partisan work on the bill over several sessions, resulting in support from both chambers.

Members also heard from Melissa Currence, the former co-chair of the national LWV Young People Task Force. As a young member from Cincinnati, Ms. Currence shared trends related to the interests and needs of younger people as League members seek to engage younger members in their work.

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.