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.

September meeting: Money in Politics

Saturday, September 20 

9:30 am Refreshments and social
10:00-11:30 am Program
Edina City Hall, Community Room
Speaker: Sherri Knuth, Policy and Outreach Manager for League of Women Voters Minnesota

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.


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. The schedule is

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

Tuesday, September 30
Edina City Council Candidates at 7 PM 

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

LWVE sends letter to City Council on Grandview District redevelopment

On May 2, LWV Edina President Debby McNeil sent a letter approved by the LWVE board to the Edina City Council regarding the redevelopment of the Grandview District and former public works site. Read the full letter. The letter includes three recommendations for the City: 
  • End the current Economic Development process 
  • Solicit the involvement of the Parks and Recreation Department going forward
  • Begin a process to explore current and future public needs that may be met by this public land, including the possibility of a community center

LWVE has the following positions related to the project: 

Community center position

LWVE supports maintaining a Community Center in Edina which: responds to the diverse interests and changing needs of all age groups; includes broad citizen involvement in its governance; employs a professional staff to ensure quality programs; and has access to multiple funding sources including financial support by both the city and school district.

Public facilities position

LWVE supports public facilities in Edina which: balance public interests and needs with fiscal responsibility; respond to the diverse and changing needs of Edina; and allow for citizen involvement in their governance.

Senior citizens position

LWVE supports policies that are responsive to the senior citizen population in Edina, including: a Senior Center with the following attributes: ample onsite parking, easy accessibility by all of its members, programs for diverse interests and needs, intergenerational uses, adequate staffing by professionals, inclusive of all Edina seniors, and adequate funding by the City.

Additional resources:

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, Sept. 3, 10:30am, Minneapolis Convention Center
  • Wednesday, September 17, 10:30 AM, Landmark Center, St. Paul
  • 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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