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The League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford(LWVGH) recently held an informal gathering for elected officials in the Greater Hartford area. Representatives from Bloomfield, Hartford, and West Hartford attended along with members and friends of the League. The reception offers both League members and elected officials an opportunity to be introduced to each other. It also provides a rare opportunity for officials from different towns to meet each other and hear about issues in neighboring communities.
Michael Freimuth, CRDA Exec. Director, was introduced by League member and past president Sandy Fry.
Membership Chair Libby Swietek, Deb Polun and Mary Andrews spend a few minutes catching up at the dinner meeting.
2012 LWVGH Annual Meeting: Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor was the guest speaker at the 2012 LWVGH Annual Meeting. Mr. Pryor was thanked by League Chair Carole
The League was well represented at Celebrate West Hartford in June. We registered voters and shared information on the League of Women Voters! During the summer the LWVGH makes plans for voters service for the fall. Stay tuned to keep track of volunteer opportunities!
Political Forum – Republican Candidates for 5th Congressional District
The 2012 Election Season started early for the League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford.
The format for the evening consisted of questions prepared by LWVGH and written questions from the audience. The moderator was Carole Mulready, Chair of LWVGH. She was assisted by LWV timers Mary Everett, Deb Polun and Libby Swietek. Question screeners were Karen Licht, Kathleen Keegan and Marlene Wenograd. Questions covered domestic and foreign affairs.
January 7, 2012 (Saturday) 9 AM
The League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford participated actively in the League of Women Voters-CT Fall Conference "Back in Business: Workforce Development For CT's Economic Future", held at the UCONN School of Social Work in West Hartford. Shown with Speaker Mike Meotti, VP for the Board of Regents for Higher Education in CT, (2nd from right) are:(lf to rt) Carole Mulready, LWVGH, President; Karen Rosen, Former LWVGH president and Faculty in the Community College system; Dr. Salome Raheim, Dean of the UCONN School of Social Work and co-sponsor of the event; and Sandy Fry, LWVGH former president LWVGH.
The League Annual Meeting was held on May 25 with member and West Hartford Town Historian Tracey Wilson presenting on the history of women’s suffrage in Connecticut.
The League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford held its annual Wine and Cheese on Sunday, December 6 to congratulate and thank elected officials from Hartford and West Hartford. The reception at the lovely and inviting home of League member Ilze Krisst proved to be an afternoon of lively conversation complimented by many tasty tidbits prepared by members. Many thanks to our hostess Ilze Krisst and to Mary Andrews, chief organizer and Doris Hedrick, chief helper.
League of Women Voters Greater Hartford holds 1st Congressional District Debate
The League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford and WHC-TV of West Hartford hosted a debate among the candidates vying for the seat for the United States First Congressional District. The debate was held in the auditorium of West Hartford Town Hall on October 18, 2010. The candidates, Ann Brickley, Republican; Christopher Hutchinson, Socialist Action; Ken Krayeske, Green Party; and John Larson, Democrat, engaged in a lively debate covering a variety of issues including taxes and budget, health care, foreign policy and education. The live debate before more than 300 hundred people employed the cumulative time format to allow the candidates to express their views without a rigid time limit for each response. LWVGH member Nan Streeter, a former mayor of West Hartford, served as moderator. Timers for the candidates were League members Margot Callahan, Mary Everett, and Carolyn Malon from the LWVGH and Kathleen Carroll from the Windsor Area League which is also part of the 1ST Congressional District .
The candidates provided the audience and viewers with a lively debate. Candidate differences were emphasized throughout, as were the areas of agreement in the course of the debate. West Hartford Community Access TV taped the debate and made copies available to all other access outlets in the First District. In addition, CT-N taped the debate to show on its station as a public service for the voters in the 1st Congressional District.
The League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford was pleased to be able to offer candidates the opportunity to reach the voting public during 2010 election. We are very fortunate to be able to collaborate with WHC-TV to bring a valuable voter service to the public.
Photo: Candidates and League organizers gathered for photos after the debate. From left to right: Chris Hutchinson(SA), Ken Krayeske(G), Ann Brickley (R), Carole Mulready, Chair of LWVGH, Congressman John Larson(D), and Nan Streeter, LWVGH and former mayor of West Hartford.
ALSO view the Congressional Debate, First District,
Recorded on October 18, 2010, Connecticut Broadcasting Network
OCTOBER 21 (Thursday), 6:45 PM Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford
DID YOU SEE US AT CELEBRATE! WEST HARTFORD?
We had a fabulously designed booth by member Pat George in American red, white and blue. League members “womaned” the booth over the course of the weekend of June 13 and 14. We offered information on voting, the New Britain-Hartford Busway, and current Connecticut health issues. A number of new voters were registered, too.
We passed out balloons to passersby, particularly children like the boy pictured.
We offered the public an opportunity to write questions that might be posed to local officials in the fall election. About 20 questions were submitted, including one from a very interested third grader.
The League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford will once again publish a Voters Guide for West Hartford and cooperate with WHC-TV to hold the debates for the candidates running for Town Council and Board of Education. Voter Service in additional communities is being considered.
2009 Annual Meeting
League members enjoyed the 2009 Annual Meeting at the Elizabeth Park Pond House. Deputy Speaker of the State House, Demetrios Giannaros gave an interesting talk on The State of The Economy, and the Effect of the Economy on Women.