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LWV WRITE-IN POLICY FOR VOTER SERVICE ACTIVITIES

The League of Women Voters of Washington County alerts all voters that the Pennsylvania Municipal Primary is Tuesday, May 16. On the Washington County ballots for this election are candidates for Justice of the Supreme Court, Judge of the Superior Court, Judge of the Commonwealth Court, Judge of the Washington County Court of Common Pleas, County Controller, Recorder of Deeds, Sheriff, Magisterial District Judge, and School Director. 

Citizens who want to participate in this election must be registered 30 days before the election. The last day to register is Tuesday, April 17.

The League of Women Voters of Washington County is preparing its nonpartisan Voters Guide for the election. The guide will be available in Washington County papers the week of May 8 and will include information directly from candidates. The guide will also be on-line at http://washingtoncountypalwv.org for voters to check at their convenience.

The LWV of Washington County has set the following policy for inclusion of candidates in the Voters Guide and other voter service activities. All candidates already on the ballot for the offices mentioned above will be included. Letters are going out to these candidates. Write-in candidates for the offices covered will be included if they give the League notification by April 7 describing how they meet two or more of the following criteria: public or media announcement of candidacy; existence of a campaign committee; evidence of fund-raising or planned activity for campaign; appeal to a broad segment of the electorate; or evidence of significant voter interest and support. The burden of proof for meeting these criteria rests with the candidate. If candidates are accepted for inclusion in the Voters Guide, they will also be included in any other LWV voter service activities for their office.

Candidates planning write-in campaigns may apply for inclusion by contacting Judy Hughes at jh0709@comcast.net or 412-892-9484 before the deadline.

For those voters who are unable to go their polling place on May 16, absentee ballots may be requested. Enough time must be allowed for the Election Office to process the application, send the ballot, and receive it back from the voter. The completed absentee ballot application must be in the Election Office by Tuesday May 9. Voters should apply as soon as possible in order to meet the deadline of receiving the actual absentee ballot and returning the voted ballot to the Election Office by 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 12.

To request a voter registration form or absentee ballot application, contact the Washington County Election Office at 724-228-6750. Forms are also available in some libraries. Remember to allow enough time before the deadline or else go directly to the Election Office in Courthouse Square, 100 West Beau Street, Suite 206 to fill out the form. For any other questions, such as where to vote, call the Election Office or check the LWV of Washington County website, which will connect you to the websites that have this information.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

For more information on the League, call 724-228-9889.

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Feb. 8, 2017     Release: immediately

Contact:  Susan Hanawalt at struether@verizon.net or 724.941.3186

League of Women Voters of Washington County holds Annual Legislative Luncheon

The League of Women Voters of Washington County has invited the nine state legislators who represent parts of Washington County in Harrisburg to the League’s annual Legislative Luncheon on Friday, February 24 starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Chapel at Presbyterian Senior Care, 835 South Main St., Washington, PA  15301.   

Members of the public are welcome to attend.  The cost of the luncheon is $15. To make a reservation, please send a check for LWV Washington County to the LWV Treasurer: K. Hanawalt, 205 Grandview Drive, McMurray, PA 15317.  Reservations are due February 20 but to check for last-minute availability, call 412.892.9484.

Those invited include Senators Camera Bartolotta and Guy Reschenthaler, and Representatives John Maher, Jason Ortitay, Jim Christiana, Bud Cook, Brandon Neuman, Rick Saccone, and Pamela Snyder. To date Senator Bartolotta and Representatives Maher, Cook, and Neuman have said they are coming.

The luncheon is an information session in which the legislators are asked to answer questions about topics of interest to the LWV.  Following the question period, guests may talk with the legislators about other topics.  This year, questions about the following issues will be asked:

1. Reform of the legislative redistricting process such as by creating an independent commission to take the redrawing of lines out of the Legislature’s hands;

2. Election reform to improve access to the ballot for Pennsylvania voters by adding no-fault absentee voting, expanding the hours or days available for in-person voting, or allowing for voter registration up until Election Day;

3. Funding for education; and

4. Policies to encourage additional investment in the clean energy sector and the resulting  jobs; 

The legislators will also be asked to describe their top three legislative priorities in the coming year.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. For more information see the LWVWC website: washingtoncounty.palwv.org.

For more information, call 412.892.9484.

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OCTOBER 26 FORUM AT CAL U SOUTHPOINTE

EXPLORES SHALE WASTE POLICY

 WASHINGTON COUNTY, PA —- As shale gas development expands in Pennsylvania so does the amount of liquid and solid waste generated, including hazardous and radioactive materials, yet oil and gas waste has exemptions from federal and state regulations. How do we handle the waste, and minimize environmental and public health impact?  On Wednesday October 26 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at Cal U’s Southpointe campus, the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania presents a Shale Waste Disposal Forum. It is free and open to the public.

Unconventional natural gas drilling produces a greater volume of wastewater and solids than traditional gas operations, but the issue of what to do with the fracking waste has not received as much attention. The panel of experts at the Shale Waste Disposal Forum will provide various perspectives on this issue and offer best practices and policy solutions. Panelist Nadia Steinzor, the lead author of the Earthworks’ report, Wasting Away, about shale waste disposal practice and policy in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and New York, says that current regulation is “piecemeal” and “scattered among different areas of government.” Because of regulatory exemptions, “wastes are treated and disposed of using systems not designed to handle them.” Other panelists include Carl Spadaro, Environmental General Manager for MAX Environmental, a firm that handles shale waste; Eric Ondrasik, Program Manager at HRL Compliance, who provides regulatory and technical support on waste management for the natural gas industry; and Bill Hughes who chaired the Solid Waste Authority in Wetzel County, WV. Presentations will be followed by audience Q&A. David Singer, who has covered oil and gas for the Observer-Reporter, will moderate.

 To RSVP, or for information, email Subject: Shale Forum lwvwashingtoncounty@gmail.com or call (724) 228-9889. Pre-registration is preferred but not necessary.

 The Shale Waste Disposal Forum is presented as part of the League’s “Straight Scoop on Shale” initiative, which is supported by a grant from the Colcom Foundation to the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education Fund.

 WHAT:    Shale Waste Disposal Forum: Modernizing Policy   (Free and open to the public)

WHERE: Cal U at Southpointe.   Bailey Building 2, Third Floor. 135 Technology Drive, Canonsburg PA 15317

WHEN:    Wednesday October 26, 2016, 6 p.m. Reception, 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Forum

Note: Washington County Bar Association is offering CLE credit for the program.  Contact the Bar Association to make a reservation.

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Seeking Awards Nominations 

The League of Women Voters of Washington County Awards Committee is seeking nominations of individuals or organizations in Washington County that have made outstanding contributions, specifically in one of these three areas: Education, Environment, and Public/Voter Service. The LWVWC plans to honor the individuals or groups at an Awards Reception on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Please consider the people and groups you know that have made positive impacts in the community. To submit your personal or your organization’s nomination(s), please complete a nomination form emphasizing the nominee’s commitment to the local region.

During the program three honorees will be recognized and commendations from the nominations will be read. The recipients will then have the opportunity to share remarks with the group. There will also be a short entertainment from the LWVWC on Women and the Right to Vote and a light supper buffet. The cost will be approximately $20.

Nomination forms can also be obtained and received electronically by contacting driggle84@gmail.com or calling 724-484-7537 or be downloaded by visiting the League website at www.washingtoncounty.palwv.org. Please return the nomination form by mail to the LWVWC office at the address indicated or submit your nomination by email by October 1, 2016 to lwvwashingtoncounty@gmail.com. The Awards Committee will review the nominations, and the selection of the awardees will be made by the LWVWC Board of Directors. The awardee in each category will then be notified. The award recipient and a designated coworker or family member will be the guests of the League at the October 18 Awards Reception.  

Sincerely,

Donna Riggle, Awards Committee

League of Women Voters of Washington County
c/o 1515 Yorktown Drive
Lawrence, PA 15055,

 


 

For immediate release: September 8, 2016

Contact: Susan Ruether Hanawalt at 724-941-3186 or struether@verizon.net

 

LWV WRITE-IN POLICY FOR VOTER SERVICE ACTIVITIES

The League of Women Voters of Washington County alerts all voters that the Pennsylvania General Election is Tuesday, November 8. On the Washington County ballots for this election are candidates for US President and Vice President, US Senator, US Representative from Congressional Districts 9 and 18, Pennsylvania Attorney General, Auditor General, and Treasurer, Pennsylvania Senator District 37 and Pennsylvania House Districts 15, 39, 40, 46, 48, 49, and 50.

Citizens who want to participate in this election must be registered 30 days before the election. The last day to register is Tuesday, October 11.

The League of Women Voters of Washington County is preparing its nonpartisan Voters Guide for the election. The guide will be available in Washington County papers the week of October 31 and will include information directly from candidates. The guide will also be on-line at http://washingtoncountypalwv.org for voters to check at their convenience.

The LWV of Washington County has set the following policy for inclusion of candidates in the Voters Guide and other voter service activities. All candidates already on the ballot for the offices mentioned above will be included. Letters are going out to these candidates. Write-in candidates for the offices covered will be included if they give the League written notification by September 19 describing how they meet two or more of the following criteria: public or media announcement of candidacy; existence of a campaign committee; evidence of fund-raising or planned activity for campaign; appeal to a broad segment of the electorate; or evidence of significant voter interest and support. The burden of proof for meeting these criteria rests with the candidate. If candidates are accepted for inclusion in the Voters Guide, they will also be included in any other LWV voter service activities for their office.

Candidates planning write-in campaigns may apply for inclusion by contacting Judy Hughes at jh0709@comcast.net or 724-745-3111 before the deadline.

For those voters who are unable to go their polling place on November 8, absentee ballots may be requested. Enough time must be allowed for the Election Office to process the application, send the ballot, and receive it back from the voter. The completed absentee ballot application must be in the Election Office by Tuesday November 1. Voters should apply as soon as possible in order to meet the deadline of receiving the actual absentee ballot and returning the voted ballot to the Election Office by 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 4.

To request a voter registration form or absentee ballot application, contact the Washington County Election Office at 724-228-6750. Forms are also available in some libraries. Remember to allow enough time before the deadline or else go directly to the Election Office in Courthouse Square, 100 West Beau Street, Suite 206 to fill out the form. For any other questions, such as where to vote, call the Election Office or check the LWV of Washington County website, which will connect you to the websites that have this information.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

For more information on the League, call 724-228-9889.

LWVPA Board Approves New Criminal Justice Position

At the June 2015 LWV Convention, delegates approved “a study of the criminal justice system, with the intention of creating a Pennsylvania position on criminal justice, focusing on timely hearings and appropriate bonding, effective counsel from arraignment through sentencing, alternatives to incarceration, appropriate sentencing guidelines, the privatization of prisons, the use and misuse of prison labor, and conditions in our prisons.”

A state-wide committee studied the issues surrounding the Pennsylvania criminal justice system during the fall of 2015 and made study materials available to local Leagues in January 2016. Local Leagues completed consensus by May 2016, resulting in a new Criminal Justice Position, approved by the LWVPA board at its June meeting:Where We Stand on Criminal Justice

As the committee studied these issues, the following general facts (among others) became evident:

  • The rate of incarceration in the U.S. (and in Pennsylvania) is greater than in any other country.

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    PA Incarceration Rates 1978-2012

  • Many who are in jails are just awaiting trial; they’ve been accused but not found guilty.
  • The system is particularly hard on the poor: they have a harder time paying bail; they depend on public defenders’ offices that are underfunded; they are more likely to lose jobs, places to live, and families while awaiting trial. They cannot afford to pay for alternatives to incarceration.
  • Pennsylvania is the only state that does not support public defenders’ offices; these are all funded by the counties resulting in great disparity from one judicial district to another. Different districts have different policies about who is eligible for public defenders.
  • Counties have different policies, services, procedures, and costs in local jails.
  • The cost of incarcerating an individual in a state prison is approximately $42,000 per year.
  • Alternatives to incarceration not only cost less but often result in less recidivism.
  • Prisoners are paid from $.19 to $.42 an hour for work.
  • State prisons are not privatized; however many services and some county jails are contracted with private firms.
  • Obstacles for those re-entering society after a prison stay are overwhelming, often resulting in recidivism.

New position in brief: 

LWVPA believes that our justice system should be fair to all and that everyone who becomes a part of the system should be treated with dignity. The system should be effective, cost efficient, and data driven. Persons should not be deprived of constitutional rights to reasonable bail or effective counsel because they are poor, because they live in a poor community or because it is politically or economically expedient. Barriers to successful reintegration into society, including damaging conditions in jails and prison, restrictions and requirements of reentrants, and legal financial obligations that realistically cannot be paid, should be minimized.

Read the full position here: Where We Stand on Criminal Justice

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For immediate release: May 6, 2016
For more info, contact:  struether@verizon.net

The League of Women Voters of Washington County will hold its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 6 p.m. at Citizens Library, Washington, PA. A buffet dinner  provided by Main Street Café in Claysville will be served.  Cost is $18. Guest of honor will be Suzanne Almeida, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania.  Suzanne will speak about priorities and activities of the state league.

 During the business meeting that follows, members will discuss and approve the budget and program for 2016-17 and also elect a slate of officers and directors.

 Members of the public are invited to attend.  Reservations should be made by Friday, May 13 by forwarding a check payable to LWVWC to: LWVWC Treasurer, 205 Grandview Drive, McMurray, PA  15317

The Washington County League is also pleased to announce that Hanna Marcinak, a senior at Peters Township High School, was the third place winner of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania’s video contest. All winning videos are available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD05ukbdJjQko44feVms59g  .

The League of Women Voters of Washington County is a nonpartisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government and which influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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For immediate release: March 17, 2016

Candidates for the 49th PA House District to Participate in Forum;

Voter Registration also to be Available

 Candidates for the 49th Pennsylvania House Legislative District in the upcoming April 26th primary election will meet for a non-partisan forum moderated by the LWV of Washington County on Tuesday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. at the California University Convocation Center—North Wing.  The LWV is working with California University’s Melanie Blumberg and the American Democracy Project on this event.

 Democratic candidates are Alan D. Benyak, Donn R. Henderson, Randy J. Barli, Anthony Garay, Robert Kepics and Mark Alterici,  The Republican candidates are Donald (Bud) Cook and Melanie S. Patterson.  Although all accepted the LWV’s initial invitation to participate, Melanie Patterson has since said that she will not be available on this date.  This is an open race with no incumbent as current representative Pete Daley is retiring.

All forums run by the LWV are nonpartisan.  Each participant is given equal time in an opening statement, responses to questions, and a closing statement.  The goal is to focus on issues relevant to the office and district and to hear the candidates state their positions on these issues.  The audience is encouraged to submit written questions for the moderator to ask.

The public is encouraged to attend the forum and learn more about the candidates.  Pennsylvania has a closed primary system, which means that only those registered in a major party can vote in the primary.  Registration or change of party for this election must be done by March 28.  Information on how to register or how to change your party can be found online at VotesPA.com, but voter registration will also be available at the forum on March 22.

In preparing for the election, voters can check the LWV Voters Guide for information about local races in Washington County.  The guide will be available on line at washingtoncountypalwv.org for voters to check at their convenience and will be included in Washington County newspapers before the election.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

For more information about this event, call the LWV of Washington County at 724.745.3111.

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For release: 1.27.16

Contact:  Susan Hanawalt at struether@verizon.net or 724.941.3186

Annual Legislative Luncheon to be held by LWV Washington County

The League of Women Voters of Washington County has invited the nine state legislators who represent parts of Washington County in Harrisburg to the League’s annual Legislative Luncheon on Friday, February 12 starting at 11:30 a.m. at Citizens Library, 55 South College Street, Washington, PA  15301.   

 Members of the public are welcome to attend.  The cost of the catered lunch from Claysville’s Main Street Café  is $15. Reservations should be made to Judy Hughes at jh0709@comcast.net or 724.745.3111 and checks to LWVWC should be mailed to K.L. Hanawalt, LWVWC Treasurer, 205 Grandview Drive, McMurray, PA  15317.

Those invited include Senators Camera Bartolotta and Guy Reschenthaler, and Representatives John Maher, Jason Ortitay, Jim Christiana, Peter Daley, Brandon Neuman, Rick Saccone, and Pamela Snyder.

 The luncheon is an information session in which the legislators are asked to answer questions about topics of interest to the LWV.  This year the questions concern voting/election reform and include a focus on possible changes in redistricting, ballot access, judicial selection, and campaign finance.  In addition to hearing the views of the legislators, attendees will have the chance to talk to them individually.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. For more information see the LWVWC website: washingtoncounty.palwv.org.

Deadline for reservations for the luncheon is February 8. For more information, call 724.745.3111.

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Impressed and called to action

2015 Award Winners

2015 Award Winners

 Caption: Pictured are Quartermaster Michael Klauer, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Memorial Post 764, accepting the Community Education Award; David T. Gatling, Sr. Washington Branch NAACP political action chair, receiving the Voter Service Award; and Don Carter, Washington County Farm Bureau, receiving the Community Service Award at the recent League of Women Voters Awards Reception.

       The 40 plus attendees at the League of Women Voters of Washington County’s nineteenth awards reception were entertained, impressed and called to action by the three award winners.

     The Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Park Post 764 was recognized for Community Education. The VFW sponsors the Patriot’s Pen, a nationwide youth essay competition for middle school students; and since 2006, Post 764 has supported the World Affairs Council of the Pittsburgh International Program Series speakers. Margaret Deitzer of the Peters Township Public Library, where the speakers’ program is held, also noted Post 764’s role in fundraising and in kind work toward the construction of the “Smart Home” in McMurray for wounded veteran Sergeant Doug Vitale. League president Judy Hughes introduced Memorial Park Post 764 Quartermaster Michael Klauer, who accepted the honor on behalf of the organization.

     The League’s Voter Service award was presented to David T. Gatling, Sr., first vice president of the NAACP Washington Branch, and since 2008 chair of its Political Action Committee since. He has led numerous nonpartisan voter registration drives and get out the vote campaigns. He has personally registered hundreds of new voters, and has arranged transportation to the polls. Gatling stated his desire to work with the League to focus on registering high school students. Members of the Mon Valley and the Washington NAACP, including its president Phyllis Waller, were in attendance to honor Gatling. League member Heather Burtch introduced Gatling. She is leading the LWVWC’s voter registration activities.

       Donald Carter received the League’s Community Service award. As a member of the Washington County Farm Bureau, he has organized annual food drives for the Greater Washington County Food Bank for the past ten years. Last year the food drive engaged local 4-H clubs and local libraries in a friendly competition. Carter also called on many community businesses and organization to make contributions to reward the clubs and libraries. Over 13,000 pounds of food were collected in the February through March campaign. Carter will once again head the 2016 food drive. He called upon Connie Burd, director of the GWCFB, who discussed the food bank’s much needed move to a larger site in Centerville and plans for a possible community garden there.

     Donna Riggle, LWVWC awards chair, introduced Carter, and noted how these three honorees had touched the lives of thousands of people in the Washington County community. She encouraged those in the audience to also give their support to the awardees’ activities and to take action. Held at the Washington Citizens Library, the event included a light supper catered by the Main Street Café from Claysville, and thought provoking readings by League members from Lucy Stone, a chronicle play, by Maud Wood Park, based on Lucy Stone, pioneer by Alice Stone Blackwell.

     The League of Women Voters of Washington County, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Submitted by Donna Riggle, LWVWC Awards Committee driggle84@gmail.com   724-484-7537

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For immediate release: 9.21.15

Contact: Susan Hanawalt at struether@verizon.net or 724.941.3186

LWV WRITE-IN POLICY FOR VOTER SERVICE ACTIVITIES

Reminder: Online Voter Registration Now Available

 The League of Women Voters of Washington County alerts all voters that the Pennsylvania Municipal Election is Tuesday, November 3.  On the ballot for this election are state judicial candidates for the Supreme Court, Superior Court, and Commonwealth Court, candidates for some local magisterial district justice positions, the Washington County offices of commissioner, district attorney, prothonotary, county treasurer, register of wills, clerk of courts, and coroner, and many local government and school director positions.  There will also be a special election for the 37th PA State Senate seat and retention elections for Washington County Common Pleas Judges Richard DiSalle and Katherine Emery.

 The last day for citizens to register to vote in this election is Monday, October 5.  Pennsylvania has just made it possible to register online.  Clear directions and the application are provided on the Pennsylvania Department of State website register.voterspa.com.

 The League of Women Voters of Washington County is preparing its nonpartisan Voters Guide for the Municipal Election.  The guide will be available in Washington County papers the week of October 21 and will include information directly from candidates.  The guide will also be on line at http://washingtoncounty.palwv.org for voters to check at their convenience.

 The LWV of Washington County has set the following policy for inclusion of candidates in the Voters Guide and other voter service activities.  All candidates on the ballot for the state and county offices described above will be included, as will all ballot candidates for school boards in the county.  Letters requesting information from these candidates have already gone out.  Municipal candidates will not be included.  Write-in candidates for the offices covered will be included if they give the League written notification by September 30 describing how they meet two or more of the following criteria: public and/or media announcement of candidacy; existence of a campaign committee; evidence of fund-raising and/or planned activity for campaign; demonstration of significant voter interest and support.  The burden of proof for meeting these criteria rests with the candidate.  If candidates are accepted for inclusion in the Voters Guide, they will also be included in any other LWV voter service activities for their office.

Candidates planning write-in campaigns for this election may apply for inclusion by contacting Judy Hughes at jh0709@comcast.net or by phone at 724.745.3111 as soon as possible.

 For those voters who are unable to go their polling place on November 3, absentee ballots may be requested.  Enough time must be allowed for the Election Office to process the application, send the ballot, and receive it back from the voter.  The completed application must be in the Election Office by Tuesday, October 27.  Voters should apply as soon as possible in order to meet the deadline of receiving the actual absentee ballot and returning the voted ballot to the Election Office by 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 30.

To request a voter registration form or absentee ballot application, contact the Election Office at 724-228-6750.  Forms are also available in some libraries.  Remember to allow enough time before the deadline or else go directly to the Election Office at Room 206 in Courthouse Square to fill out the form.  For any other questions, such as where to vote, call the Election Office.

 The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

 For more information on the League, call 724-228-9889. More information about all voting matters is available on the LWV website.  The Voters Guide will be posted there when it is ready.     # # #

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League of Women Voters announces Voter Information for May 19 Municipal Primary Election

For immediate release:  5.5.15
Contact:  Susan Hanawalt at struether@verizon.net or 724.941.3186

The League of Women Voters of Washington County reminds voters that the upcoming primary election is Tuesday, May 19.  The LWV announces the arrival of the non-partisan Voters Guide in the Observer-Reporter and Tribune Review and their Washington County weeklies this week as well as on line at washingtoncounty.palwv.org.   Included in the Voters Guide is information provided directly by the candidates for county offices, some magisterial district justice positions, and school boards for all 14 Washington County districts. This information is put together by the LWV from questionnaires returned by candidates.

Candidate interviews filmed by Peters Township Community Television with eight of the nine candidates for the office of Washington County Commissioner are available through the same website. They can be viewed as well on Comcast Channel 7/Verizon Channel 38 for Peters Township residents or on the web directly by clicking on https://vimeo.com/ptct7 and looking for the title “Conversations with the Candidates.”  The goal of the LWV in all its voter service activity is to help voters get information about all the candidates for an office.

Information about the many candidates running for state judicial offices can be accessed through the same Voters Guide on the local LWV website.

All the county and local information is collected and put together by the volunteers of the League of Women Voters of Washington County.  The annual meeting for the organization is Tuesday, May 12 from 6:00 to 8:45 at the Citizens Library.  A catered dinner will be provided by the Claysville Main Street Market at 6:00, followed by a presentation by Dr. Jennie Sweet-Cushman, Assistant Professor of History and International Studies and Assistant Director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University.  Her topic will be “Women in Politics.”  The business meeting follows.  The public is invited to attend any or all of the evening’s events.  To attend the dinner, catered by Claysville’s Main Street Market for $17, please RSVP to Judy Hughes as soon as possible at 724.745.3111 or email her at jh0709@comcast.net.  No reservation is needed to attend the speech at 7:00 or business meeting at 7:30.

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League of Women Voters Distributes Facts for Citizens 2015

4.8.15

The League of Women Voters of Washington County is distributing  the newest edition of its popular free print publication Facts for Citizens.  The brochures are available now in municipal offices, public libraries, and the county Department of Elections. The information is also available on the League’s website: washingtoncounty.palwv.org.

For many years the League has published Facts for Citizens to encourage informed and active participation in government.  While  the internet makes finding details about some levels of government easier now than it was in the past, current local government information can be still difficult to track down, especially for some of the county’s smaller municipalities.

Facts for Citizens 2015 provides meeting times and contact information (addresses, phone and fax numbers, and email and web addresses when available) for the county’s 66 municipalities and 14 school districts.  Elected board members and term expirations are included. Along with contact information for county, state and federal officials, the publications list the municipalities within each of the county’s congressional and state legislative districts.  The conveniently sized brochures are published in ten different regional editions, each with a contiguous group of municipalities and the school district or districts that serve them.  County residents should look for the edition that covers their municipality and school district.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.  Membership is open to men and women. Local League activities are carried out entirely by volunteers. The Facts for Citizens publications are funded by the League of Women Voters Education Fund, the Observer Publishing Company, and Masters Ink.   For more information about Facts for Citizens, email lwvwashingtoncounty@gmail.com, or call the project director at 724-228-1245.

 

LWV WRITE-IN POLICY FOR VOTER SERVICE ACTIVITIES

For immediate release:

Contact: Susan Ruether Hanawalt at struether@verizon.net or 724.941.3186

The League of Women Voters of Washington County alerts all voters that the Pennsylvania Municipal Primary Election is Tuesday, May 19.  On the ballot for this election are state judicial candidates, candidates for some local magisterial district justice positions, the Washington County offices of commissioner, district attorney, prothonotary, county treasurer, register of wills, clerk of courts, and coroner, and many local government and school director positions.

 

Citizens who want to participate in this election must be registered by Monday, April 20.

 

The League of Women Voters of Washington County is preparing its nonpartisan Voters Guide for the Primary Election.  The guide will be available in Washington County papers the week of May 4 and will include information directly from candidates. The guide will also be on line at http://washingtoncounty.palwv.org for voters to check at their convenience.

 

The LWV of Washington County has set the following policy for inclusion of candidates in the Voters Guide and other voter service activities.  All candidates on the ballot for the state and county offices described above will be included, as will all ballot candidates for school boards in the county.  Municipal candidates will not be included.  Write-in candidates for the offices covered will be included if they give the League written notification by April 3 describing how they meet two or more of the following criteria: public or media announcement of candidacy; existence of a campaign committee; evidence of fund-raising or planned activity for campaign; appeal to a broad segment of the electorate; or evidence of significant voter interest and support.  The burden of proof for meeting these criteria rests with the candidate.  If candidates are accepted for inclusion in the Voters Guide, they will also be included in any other LWV voter service activities for their office.

 

Candidates planning write-in campaigns may apply for inclusion by contacting Judy Hughes at jh0709@comcast.net or by phone at 724.745.3111 as soon as possible before the deadline.

 

For those voters who are unable to go their polling place on May 19, absentee ballots may be requested.  Enough time must be allowed for the Election Office to process the application, send the ballot, and receive it back from the voter.  The completed absentee ballot application must be in the Election Office by Tuesday, May 12.  Voters should apply as soon as possible in order to meet the deadline of receiving the actual absentee ballot and returning the voted ballot to the Election Office by 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 15.

To request a voter registration form or absentee ballot application, contact the Election Office at 724-228-6750.  Forms are also available in some libraries.  Remember to allow enough time before the deadline or else go directly to the Election Office at Room 206 in Courthouse Square to fill out the form.  For any other questions, such as where to vote, call the Election Office.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

For more information on the League, call 724-228-9889. More information about all voting matters is available on the LWV website.  The Voters Guide will be posed there when it is ready.

 

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 Release: 2.2.15

Contact: Susan Hanawalt at struether@verizon.net
LWV Washington County to hear from Local Legislators

The League of Women Voters of Washington County has invited the nine state legislators who represent parts of Washington County in Harrisburg to the League’s annual Legislative Luncheon on Friday, February 20 at 11:30 a.m. at Citizens Library, 55 South College Street, Washington, PA  15301.

Members of the public are welcome to attend.  The cost of the catered lunch is $15. Reservations should be made by February 13 to Judy Hughes at jh0709@comcast.net and checks mailed to K.L. Hanawalt, LWVWC Treasurer, 205 Grandview Drive, McMurray, PA  15317.

Those invited include Senators Camera Bartolotta and Matt Smith, and Representatives John Maher, Jason Ortitay, Jim Christiana, Peter Daley, Brandon Neuman, Rick Saccone, and Pam Snyder.

The luncheon is an information session in which the legislators are asked to answer questions about topics of interest to the LWV.  The first issue concerns the election process itself and asks about closed primaries, third-party access to the ballot, and the redistricting process.  The League’s interest is in protecting the rights of all voters.

The second issue for discussion is equitable pay for women and whether the legislature should consider an increase in the minimum wage.

Disposal of natural gas waste is the third topic, and legislators will be asked if state regulations adequately cover the issues around transport, storage, treatment, and final disposal of the waste materials.

Finally, legislators will be asked what bills they intend to introduce or co-sponsor in the upcoming session.  If time permits, an extra question will be asked about equitable and adequate per-pupil spending for education.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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We regret to announce:

The League had hoped to post on YouTube a video of its recent legislative candidates forum.  Unfortunately, Canon-McMillan’s video crew reports a corrupted server file has resulted in a video with image but no audio. The League appreciates the effort made by the video department to record the event and then to try to restore the damaged film. Please see the Observer-Reporter of Oct. 17 for a news account of the forum.

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For immediate release:  Oct. 15, 2014
For more info contact:  struether@verizon.net  or Judy Hughes at 724-745-3111
All Candidates Now on Board for LWV Forum October 16

In a last-minute decision, Republican candidate Jason Ortitay will be participating in the League of Women Voters of Washington County candidate forum on Thursday, October 16, joining  Democratic incumbent Jesse White in answering questions about issues facing the PA House.  These two candidates are on the ballot for the 46th House Legislative District in the election to be held November 4.  The forum will be held at the Canon-McMillan High School auditorium starting at 7 p.m.

Candidates for the 48th House Legislative District – Republican Sonia Stopperich and Democrat Brandon Neuman—had already agreed to participate, along with candidates for Senate District 46—Republican Camera Bartolotta and Democrat Timothy Solobay.

The public is invited to bring questions to submit for the candidates.  Each candidate will be allowed equal time to respond to the questions posed by the moderator.

This forum is held to help voters learn about the candidates on the ballot on November  4.  Another way to get direct information in each candidate’s own words is to check the LWV’s non-partisan Voters Guide which will be distributed with the Observer-Reporter and other papers on Tuesday, October 21.   The Voters Guide is already available on the LWV website, washingtoncounty.palwv.org.

 

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For Immediate Release: October 1, 2014

State Legislative Candidates Forum.

Judy Hughes 724-745-3111 or jh0709@comcast.net

The League of Women Voters Washington County is hosting a forum for the legislative candidates in the November 4 general election on Thursday, October 16 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Canon-McMillan High School.

All the candidates for PA Senate District 46, and PA House Districts 46 and 48 had agreed to participate; the republican candidate for House District 46 has since withdrawn from the forum in order to attend another campaign event.

Participating candidates for Senate District 46 are Republican Camera Bartolotta and Democrat Timothy J. Solobay.  Participating state representative candidates are Jesse White, Democrat, for the 46th House District, and 48th House District candidates Sonia Stopperich, Republican and Brandon Neuman, Democrat.

Canon-McMillan High School media students will videotape the forum and the video will be made available to the public via YouTube links to be posted on the League’s website.

As a result of redistricting finalized in 2012, half of Washington County’s municipalities will see differences to their senate or house districts starting December 1. Winners in the November election will represent these newly drawn districts.  The biggest change is in the 17 municipalities that have moved from House District 46, 48 and 49 and will now be in House District 15. On the State side, nine municipalities have moved from the 32nd Senate District to the 46th,  resulting in all of Washington County except for Peters Township being in the same senate district.

Information about candidates for all legislative races on the ballot as well as for Governor and Lt. Governor will be available in the LWV Voters Guide to be distributed on Oct. 21 in the Observer-Reporter and other local newspapers preceding the election.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. League Candidate Forums are structured to treat all candidates for an office equally. The public is encouraged to attend and bring questions. For more information call LWV at 724-228-9889

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Seeking Nominations

9-20-14

 

The League of Women Voters of Washington County will recognize three outstanding citizens or community organizations on October 23, 2014 during the 18th LWVWC Awards Reception.  The Awards Committee is seeking nominations from the Washington County community for individuals or organizations that have made outstanding contributions in one of these three areas:  Education, Environment, or Public/Voter Service.  During the program, the awardees will be recognized and commendations from the nominations will be read.  The recipients will then have the opportunity to share remarks with the audience.

Nomination forms can be obtained or received electronically by contacting the Award Chairperson Donna Riggle at driggle84@gmail.com, 724-484-7537.  The forms can be viewed at washingtoncounty.palwv.org, the League website.  Please make your nomination electronically or return the form by mail to LWVWC, Washington Trust Building, 30 E. Beau Street, Room 437, Washington, PA  15301, by October 1, 2014.  The Awards Committee will review the nominations and the selection of the awardees will be made by the LWVWC Board of Directors. The awardee in each category will be notified and will be announced in the media.  The award recipient and a designated coworker or family member will be the guests of the League at the awards reception. Please consider taking the time to acknowledge the dedication of Washington County citizens whose efforts make their communities better places.

The League of Women Voters of Washington County, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Submitted by

Donna Riggle

LWVWC Awards Committee

driggle84@gmail.com

724-484-7537

 

 

For immediate release: 9.11.14
For more info, contact Susan Ruether Hanawalt at 724.941.3186 or struether@verizon.net

LWVWC Meeting to Feature Dr. Mary Jo Podgurski

The League of Women Voters of Washington County announces that its first meeting for fall 2014 will be held on Thursday, September 25 at 7 p.m. in the main floor meeting room of Citizens Library, Washington.  LWV members and the public are invited for a special opportunity to hear from Dr. Mary Jo Podgurski, head of the Academy for Adolescent Health in Washington, about a new program she has developed called Inside Out: Your Body is Amazing Inside and Out and Belongs Only to You.  The program is designed as a body-positive, proactive tool for child abuse prevention.  Designed to be used with third and fourth graders, Inside Out stresses that each child is a person of worth and beauty inside and out.  It encourages the child to be confident about his or her body, and also empowers children to seek a trusted adult to provide support and respect.  Research shows that children who are able to speak openly to trusted adults are more likely to receive and accept guidance during the turbulent years of adolescence.

Dr. Podgurski has conducted extensive pilot programs with children and adults on a variety of issues as she has worked on this program.  She has trained teachers, guidance counselors, and school nurses to teach the program in Washington and Trinity School Districts and is planning further expansion both locally and nationally.  A certified nurse, sexuality educator, and counselor, her passion is to reach out to children and youth to give them the tools to reduce risky behavior and to encourage mental and physical wellness.

The LWVWC awarded Dr. Podgurski its Social Service Award in 1997 for her work with Washington Teen Outreach.  She was a pioneer then and continues to be at the forefront of her field.  All are welcome at the September 25 meeting.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

 

For more information on the League, check the website http://washingtoncounty.palwv.org or call 724-228-9889.

 

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For immediate release: September 4, 2014

Contact: Susan Ruether Hanawalt at 724-941-3186 or struether@verizon.net

 

LWV WRITE-IN POLICY FOR VOTER SERVICE ACTIVITIES

 

The League of Women Voters of Washington County alerts all voters that the Pennsylvania General Election is Tuesday, November 4.  On Washington County ballots for this election are candidates for US Representative from Congressional Districts 9 and 18, Pennsylvania Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Pennsylvania Senate District 46 and Pennsylvania House Districts 15, 39, 40, 46, 48, 49, and 50.   

 

Citizens who want to participate in this election must be registered 30 days before the election. The last day to register is Monday, October 6.

 

The League of Women Voters of Washington County is preparing its nonpartisan Voters Guide for the election.  The guide will be available in Washington County papers in late October and will include information directly from candidates.  The guide will also be on-line at http://washingtoncounty.palwv.org for voters to check at their convenience.

 

The LWV of Washington County has set the following policy for inclusion of candidates in the Voters Guide and other voter service activities.  All candidates already on the ballot for the offices mentioned above will be included. Letters have already gone out to these candidates.  Write-in candidates for the offices covered will be included if they give the League written notification by September 15 describing how they meet two or more of the following criteria: public or media announcement of candidacy; existence of a campaign committee; evidence of fund-raising or planned activity for campaign; appeal to a broad segment of the electorate; or evidence of significant voter interest and support.  The burden of proof for meeting these criteria rests with the candidate.  If candidates are accepted for inclusion in the Voters Guide, they will also be included in any other LWV voter service activities for their office.

 

Candidates planning write-in campaigns may apply for inclusion by contacting Judy Hughes at jh0709@comcast.net or 724-745-3111 before the deadline.

 

For those voters who are unable to go their polling place on November 4, absentee ballots may be requested.  Enough time must be allowed for the Election Office to process the application, send the ballot, and receive it back from the voter.  The completed absentee ballot application must be in the Election Office by Tuesday, October 24.  Voters should apply as soon as possible in order to meet the deadline of receiving the actual absentee ballot and returning the voted ballot to the Election Office by 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 31.

 

To request a voter registration form or absentee ballot application, contact the Washington County Election Office at 724-228-6750.  Forms are also available in some libraries.  Remember to allow enough time before the deadline or else go directly to the Election Office in Courthouse Square, 100 West Beau Street, Suite 206 to fill out the form.  For any other questions, such as where to vote, call the Election Office or check the LWV of Washington County website, which will connect you to the websites that have this information.

 

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

 

For more information on the League, call 724-228-9889.

 

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League announces results of community surveys

The League of Women Voters of Washington County conducted an informal poll of community members at North Strabane Community Day (June 21) and Peters Township Community Day (June 28).

People (adults and children) voted for a favorite “spot” within their township by placing pennies in jars.  Most people placed just one penny but a few chose more than one.  The issue survey was done by adults who chose two important issues from among a ballot of topics. Several people wrote in topics.

North Strabane

 

Most important issues in North Strabane Township: with number of votes:

11 – Education

9 – Development

8 – Recreation

7 – Gas Exporation/Drilling

3 – Jobs

1 – Crime

 

Write-in topics:

1 – Library

1 – Dog Park

1 – Swimming Pool

 

Favorite spot in North Strabane Township with number of votes:

81 – North Strabane Park

31 – The Springhouse

31 – Meadowlands Race Track and Casino

23 – Canonsburg Lake

16 – Restaurants

10 – Little Lake Theatre

 

Peters Township

Most important issues in Peters Township with number of votes:

25 – Development (2 comments – “enough” and “sidewalks”)

20 – Gas Exploration/Drilling (2 added the comment “don’t have it”)

16 – Education

7 – Recreation

6 – Jobs

5 – Crime

 

Write-in topics:

2 – Speeding

2 – Traffic

1 – Valleybrook Road

1 – Overdevelopment of Route 19

 

Favorite spot in Peters Township with number of votes:

74 – Library

65 – Arrowhead Trail

50 – Peterswood Park

39 – Trax Farms Market

37 – Restaurants

32 – Stores

Posted 6-30-14

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Judy Hughes to receive 2014 Liberty Bell Award

Release, 5-9-14, from Washington County Bar Association:

May 9, 2014. Washington, PA.  Washington League of Women Voters President Judy Hughes has been named the recipient of the 2014 Liberty Bell Award. First presented in 1967, the “Liberty Bell” Award is given by the Washington County Bar Association as part of its annual Law Day programming. It is awarded to non-lawyers for outstanding service in promoting a better understanding of our form of government, encouraging respect for law and the courts, stimulating individual responsibilities, contributing to the effective functioning of government and developing an appreciation of the rule of law. The award will be presented to Hughes at the Bar Association’s public Law Day Celebration at the Washington County Courthouse at 6pm on Monday, May 19. The event is free and open to the public. The celebration will also include the presentation of Law Day Contest awards to students grades 2-12. At 4:30pm prior to the celebration, Larry Spahr, Washington County Director of Elections, will present an educational program on this year’s Law Day theme, “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.” Pre-registration is requested by contacting the Bar Association at 724-225-6710 or wcba@washcobar.org.