The League of Women Voters of Edina (LWVE), a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League has approximately 100 men and women members and is part of the State League and National League of Women Voters. The League of Women Voters of Edina has had an active role in Edina since 1954.

2014 Candidate Forums

LWV Edina will be holding candidate forums at Edina City Hall before the November 4th general election.  You will have an opportunity to hear opening remarks, ask questions of the candidates, and hear their closing remarks. 

For more information, please contact Susan Clark, VP Voter Service, LWV Edina, at seclark612@comcast.net or 612-325-3886

Next Forum

Tuesday, September 30:  Edina City Council Candidates at 7 PM 

Past Forums
Monday, September 22:  House District 49A Candidates at 7 PM with Dario Anselmo and Ron Erhardt
                                       House District 49B Candidates at 8 PM with Barb Sutter and Paul Rosenthal

Guest Speaker Sherry Knuth discusses Money in Politics

Sherry Knuth was the invited speaker at our September meeting.

As LWVMN’s lobbyist at the State Capitol, Sherri Knuth closely follows developments in campaign finance. She was the primary author of the state League’s recent report titled, “The Tip of the Iceberg: How Minnesota’s Campaign Finance Laws Limit Transparency”. Sherri is a lawyer and she also has a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of MN.

October meetings: "Vision Edina" and "Redevelopment in Edina and the City's Comphrehensive Plan 

"Vision Edina"
Thursday, October 9, Edina Senior Center
Speaker: David Beurle, CEO and Founder of Future iQ Partners
9:30am Social and refreshments, 10am program, including a Q and A session

The Thursday, October 9 meeting will be a Vision Edina workshop presented by David Beurle, CEO and Founder of Future iQ Partners. Future iQ Partners has been contracted by the city to design and facilitate the Vision Edina initiative.Vision Edina is meant to be an ambitious, broad-based and inclusive community visioning process. It will also serve as an important foundation for other strategic efforts, such as the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Capital Improvement Plans.

The workshops are designed to allow broad community input and discussion about the future of Edina. The Thursday meeting workshop will build on previous Vision Edina workshops that developed plausible scenarios for Edina. An interactive session exploring the implications of each scenario and discussion about preferred and expected scenarios will take place. Surveys on the participants’ perspectives will be compiled at the end. Come to the October 9 meeting and share your own ideas about the future of Edina.

"Redevelopment in Edina and the City's Comprehensive Plan" 
Thursday, October 9, Edina Senior Center
Speaker: Steve Elkins, Metropolitan Council Representative, District 5
9:30am Social and refreshments, 10am program, including a Q and A session

Steve Elkins, Metropolitan Council Member representing Edina, Bloomington, Richfield and Hopkins, will speak at the Saturday meeting. Steve will talk about development in Edina, how zoning and the City’s Comprehensive Plan guides redevelopment in the city and the role of the Metropolitan Council.

The Comprehensive Plan is meant to provide Edina with an outline for future development and was last updated in 2009. The Metropolitan Council requires every city in the seven-county metro area to have such a plan and State law requires that it be updated every 10 years. Edina’s Plan includes chapters on land use, transportation, wastewater, water supply, storm water management, housing and parks and recreation.

Volunteer to register new citizens to vote!

Join former LWVMN president Judy Stuthman and other Leaguers at the following citizenship ceremonies to help new Americans fill out voter registration forms for the first time. Many League members will describe this volunteer opportunity as one of the highlights of being a Leaguer. Volunteers collect the completed forms and Judy takes them directly to the Secretary of State's office.

Volunteers are needed for the following ceremonies
  • Wednesday, September 24, 10:00 AM, Minneapolis Convention Center
  • Friday, October 17, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul 
  • Tuesday, November 18, 10:30 AM-2:00 PM, Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center
 Volunteering takes place an hour before each ceremony begins. If you are able to help, please contact Judy Stuthman at jastuthman@aol.com Thank you to all volunteers; you make it possible for the new citizens to experience their new right to vote!

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