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Welcome to the League of Women Voters of La Plata County


Upcoming Election News & League Events

Election day is Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Ballots will be mailed starting the week of October 11th
If you have not received your ballot by October 18th please call (970)382-6296

Ballots should be returned by mail no later than October 25th
or voters may use 24 hour ballot drop boxes up until 7 pm on November 2nd.

Your ballot will include local School Board elections as well as State-Wide Ballot Issues.

Register to Vote (and more)

Election Day in Colorado is Tuesday November 2, 2021

Ballots are currently being mailed

All registered voters in La Plata County will receive a ballot

with three statewide ballot issues

To view or download the League of Women Voters of Colorado
Ballot Issues Pamphlet in English or Spanish,
LWV Colorado Ballot Issue Positions

please click on the images belo


Ballot Measures 2021 LWVCO Positions

Per Vote of the LWVCO Board of Directors


The League of Women Voters of La Plata County is hosting three Virtual Candidate Forums

for our three School Districts. Please select the one that interests you.

If you missed the forum, it's not too late to watch the videos below...

LOOK for the Spanish subtitled versions RIGHT HERE!

enlace a subtitulos en espanol

Ignacio Forum (Spanish subtitled)

Durango 9R Forum (Spanish subtitled)

Bayfield Forum (Spanish subtitled)

Gracias por atender

The Ignacio School District Director Candidate Forum
Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 6-7pm has concluded. To watch a video, see the links above.


Two (2) year term
(Vote for One)


Jay Dee Brunson

Four (4) year term
(Vote for Two)


Leila C. Baker

Lee Petty

James (Jim) Bulwan

The Durango School District 9R Director Candidate Forum
Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 6-7:30pm has concluded. To view the video see links above.



Director District A - Four Year Term
(Vote for One)

Catherine Mewmaw

Erika Brown

Kristina Paslay


Director District C- Four Year Term
(Vote for One)

Richard “Dean” Hill

Richard “Rick” Petersen


Director District E - Four Year Term
(Vote for One)

Andrea Parmenter

Donna Gulec

The Bayfield School District Director Candidate Forum
Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021  6-7pm has concluded. To watch the video see the links above.


Four year term
(Vote for Two)


Rebecca Parnell
Kira Charlotte Wennerstrom

Jill M. Shocklee

Matt Turner

Recent Articles
Recent Articles
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

League Advocacy and Action

Colorado Redistricting Roundup, Sept 30, 2021
Congressional Commission Updates

We've got a final map!
After seven rounds of voting and right before midnight on Sept. 28, 2021, the Colorado Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission approved of a final plan. The plan was approved by a vote of 11 in favor and one opposed, fulfilling the constitutional requirement that a final map must be approved by a supermajority of eight of the 12 commissioners, including at least two unaffiliated commissioners. The approved final plan was unofficially titled Staff Plan Three Coleman Amendment and is now titled the Final Approved Plan.

What's next?
The Colorado Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission counsel will submit the final plan to the Colorado Supreme Court on Oct. 1. The Colorado Supreme Court will issue an opinion no later than Nov. 1.

To view and take action on  LWV Colorado Actions & Alerts


To view and take action on  LWV US Actions & Alerts


About Us - LWVLPC Leadership Team

The League is nonpartisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government, but always working on vital issues of concern to members and the public.  We encourage informed and active participation in government, and work to increase understanding of major public policy issues.  We influence public policy through education and advocacy based on policy positions that are adopted by our members following studies and agreement.

The League of Women Voters of La Plata County has restated its goals
for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion -

The League of Women Voters of La Plata County works for a stronger democracy, rooted in principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Our JEDI working group is committed to ensuring that every voice is heard, every individual is counted, and every person has a seat at the table. 2/22/2021

League of Women Voters of La Plata County 
with Veterans at the Veteran’s Stand Down in Durango. 

Thank you to the organizers and volunteers who made many resources and information
available to those who have served our nation in the Armed Forces. 
The League of Women Voters is proud to have taken part in this important community event. 

Hundreds participate in Durango Women’s March
Activists advocate for reproductive rights, political engagement

Oct 3, 2021 6:29  Durango Herald


Indivisible Durango hosted the Durango Women’s March that began at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. More than 250 demonstrators marched from the Durango Train Station to Buckley Park where four speakers talked about women’s reproductive rights and encouraged people to get involved in politics by reaching out to their elected officials at the local level all the way up to their federal congresspersons.


Speakers were Laurie Meininger, Debbie Myers, Lainey Severson. “E.” Teal Lehto, who emceed the event. Read the article.

10-3-21 Womens March Durango

League of Women Voters Elects New Board of Directors


On May 19, at its 2021 Annual Meeting, the La Plata County Chapter of the League of Women Voters elected the following members to the Board of Directors for 2021-2022:


President – Laurie Meininger

Vice President – Diane Goodchild

Secretary- Martha Mason

Treasurer –to be filled

Immediate Past President – Jean Aaro

Members-at -Large:

            Alex Lemmel

            Ellen Park

            Trish Pegram


In her remarks to members, the incoming Board President told those gathered on ZOOM that she was impressed with the strength of the Board and thanked members for their commitment to the voters and would-be voters of La Plata County.  On behalf of the Board, Laurie also expressed great appreciation for out-going President Jean Aaro who admirably led the LWV La Plata during two years of very challenging circumstances.  Laurie also acknowledged several areas of focus for the League over the next year including voting rights, redistricting, health care and climate change and figuring out how/when to safely return to in-person gatherings.  A guiding priority for the year is the League’s commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion practices to bring new voices and perspectives to the League’s work across the county on a wide range of issues.


Meininger also noted that the work of the LWV is similar to running a marathon relay race – it takes long-term focus, stamina, commitment, teamwork and regular participation.  She thanked those already volunteering and invited all members to step up and join in the work to keep the League and local, state and national democratic institutions healthy and strong.  Members interested in volunteering can reach the Board via email at:

Our LWVLPC Leadership Team for 2021-2022 welcomes you

Board of Directors

Laurie Meininger, President

Diane Goodchild, Vice President

Deb Ruddell, Treasurer

Martha Mason, Secretary

Trish Pegram, Director at Large

Ellen Park, Director at Large

Alex Lemmel, Director at Large

Jean Aaro, Past President

Committee Leaders

Karen McManus – Voter Services Team

Diane Goodchild - Membership Team

Alex Lemmel - JEDI Team

Ross Park - Free & Fair Elections Team

Ross Park – Communications & Technology Team, Webmaster

Contact us via Our Contact Page

Over the last 18 months we, the La Plata League, have gathered expertise

related to hosting ZOOM meeting and Webinar sessions 

related to candidate forum and voter education events.

We offer the following guidelines for league use...

LWVLPC Guide to organizing virtual forums using Zoom

Webmaster News

Our Communications Dashboard will now be published quarterly
Here's a look at 2Q2021

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Are you a "techie" at heart  or a Social Media fan?
Just drop us an email at Contact Us and we will answer any questions. 
If you can contribute in one of these areas,
check out our Volunteer Opportunities.