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League of Women Voters clarifies its role

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Dear Editor:

As president of The League of Women Voters of Montrose County, and in response to Ms. Loretta Molitor's letter to the editor (Oct. 3), I wanted to clarify the League's role in the candidate forum hosted on Tuesday night. The League of Women Voters' mission, as a nonpartisan political organization, is to encourage informed and active participation in government, work to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influence public policy through education and advocacy. As volunteers for The League of Women Voters, we spend hours planning and executing bipartisan voter awareness events, such as registering young voters at local high schools and colleges, printing and distributing bipartisan information pamphlets about the ballot issues, as well as offering informational programs on topics ranging from election reform to education to the criminal justice system. It is true that the League was initially involved in planning and hosting the event, but we stepped aside when it became clear that the Republican Party and the Democratic Party were successfully working together to decide upon mutually satisfactory format for the event.

I was encouraged to see the two parties work together efficiently and respectfully to host an informative and successful event. During a time of such divisiveness in our country, we are happy that the representatives of both parties worked together to plan the successful forum held on Tuesday. A note of correction: Representative Tipton and Diane Mitsch Bush were not invited to this forum. This decision was made due to their busy schedules.

Jan Edwards
President, League of Voters of Montrose and Delta Counties

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