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Durango City Council

Virtual Candidate Forum 

Monday, March 22, 2021



7 candidates running for 3 seats in the

Durango City Council Election

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Meet the candidates and ask your questions
To submit questions ahead of time, no later than March 22
click Questions for Candidates

Ballots will be mailed to

All Active Registered voters in City of Durango

On March 19th


More information about the election

and the Zoom link will be available here soon

Recent Articles
Recent Articles
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

Join us for our next Great Decisions 2021 session
a chance to listen/learn/comment/question
on the U.S. roles in international relations 

On Tuesday, February 23th, at 11:45 a.m. our next Great Decisions discussion
On Tuesday, February 23rd, at 11:45 a.m. our second discussion using Zoom will be “Roles of International Organizations in a Global Pandemic.” Moderator Dr. Benjamin Waddell will present background materials and a film by the Foreign Policy Association, and lead participants in a discussion of the issues. We plan to finish the discussion at 1:15 p.m., but it may go a bit longer if warranted by questions and follow-up.

The Covid-19 pandemic has thrust the World Health Organization (WHO) into the limelight, for better and for worse. While some of the Trump administration’s criticism of the organization is unfair, the response to the early stages of the pandemic left many experts wanting more from the WHO. What is the WHO’s role in responding to international pandemics? What can be done to improve the WHO’s response to future global health crises?

Dr. Waddell is a first-generation college student, who grew up in Colorado and New Mexico. Around the age of 12, he began working on construction sites near Telluride, where he met numerous immigrants from Latin America. Captivated by their astounding efforts to overcome adversity, Ben chose to study issues related to poverty, inequality, and emigration in the Americas.

Ben holds a Ph.D. in Sociology (2013, University of New Mexico), a M.A in Latin American Studies (2009, University of New Mexico), and a B.A. in International Affairs (2005, CU Boulder).  He researches the impact of international migration on human well-being. He has published in Sociology of Development, Latin American Research Review, The Social Science Journal and Rural Sociology.

Ben’s primary interest continues to lie in the realm of education, which he believes is the heartbeat of humanity. As an educator, Ben aims to promote equal opportunity structures for all people regardless of the conditions they were born into. His favorite quote comes from Albert Einstein: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” Ben’s  goal as an educator is to help students imagine a better world.
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Join the Zoom discussion:

Date: February 23rd
Time: 11:45 a.m. MST

Meeting ID: 831 9178 9255
Passcode: 518188

For more about our exciting

Great Decisions series for 2021

CLICK Great Decisions 2021

Great Decisions 2021 is sponsored by

The League of Women Voters of La Plata County, 

the local chapter of the American Association of University Women

 and the Durango Public Library.

Updates from San Juan Basin Public Health
COVID-19 Vaccine Notification February 16, 2021

There continues to be a very limited number of vaccines available each week.

If you don’t get scheduled for a vaccine this week, there will be more opportunities.

We understand the frustration this may be causing individuals who are eager to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

SJBPH is committed to ensuring that everyone who wants a vaccine can get one, it will just take some time.

Pre K-12 educators, school staff, and licensed child care providers should not schedule appointments using the links on SJBPH's website. You will be notified by your employer about how to make vaccine appointments.

Thank you! Read More...  

Click SJB La Plata County Dashboard to view La Plata County COVID details

Courtesy of the City of Durango

La Plata County moves into more-restrictive Level Yellow

Indoor social gatherings contributing to more cases

By Shannon Mullane Durango and Pine River Valley reporter

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 5:20 PM

La Plata County will see slightly more restrictive COVID-19 measures starting Friday morning in response to rising case numbers.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment plans to move the county to Level Yellow, or “concern,” on the state’s six-tier COVID-19 response dial. The designation requires adjustments for large establishments, group sports, events and alcohol service. Read More...

League Advocacy and Action

Ranked Choice Voting in Nonpartisan Elections

LWVCO urges you to support 
HB21-1071 - Ranked Choice Voting in Nonpartisan Elections, sponsored by Representative Kennedy, Representative Arndt and Senator Fenberg.  

Beginning in 2023, the bill allows a municipality to refer a municipal election using instant runoff voting to be conducted as part of a coordinated election.  This bill furthers the LWVCO position on voting methods, which supports authorizing and implementing alternatives to plurality voting that improves the election experience, encourages honest voting and considers ease of implementation.

HB21-1071 will be heard in the House State, Civic, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee on Monday February 22 at 1:30 pm.  Please contact your Representative today asking them to support this legislation.  In addition, support of the County Clerks will be essential in getting this important legislation passed.  We also ask that you contact your County Clerk & Recorder and share your perspective on why this bill is needed in your community!

As we celebrate Black History Month, the League of Women Voters of La Plata County would like to bring special attention to the contributions of women of color in the suffragist movement and to the 100 years of continual work that generations of women of color have contributed to the rights of all women to vote and more.

In honor of Black History Month 2021, Laurie Meininger, LWVLPC Board Member, has submitted an op-ed for publication in the Durango Herald to honor the courageous Black women leaders in the voter rights movements across our nation and across the ages. Read the Durango Herald articleLaurie Meininger: League of Women Voters honors Black women suffragists

The League of Women Voters in La Plata County remains fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice.


The For the People Act is the democracy reform bill the American people want and deserve. This legislation will put power back into the hands of American voters by making voting easier and more accessible and by modernizing future elections. Over the last two years, we saw it pass the House or Representatives, but get stalled at the Senate. With the start of the 117th Congress it is imperative that the For the People Act once more become a top priority. The For the People Act addresses some of the most pressing issues facing our democracy because it will:

  •  Restore the Voting Rights Act
  •  Modernize our voter registration system
  •  Update the public financing of elections through small donor matching funds
  • Curb partisan gerrymandering, and
  • Make campaign contributions more transparent.

Contact your Representative TODAY through the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and tell them to pass the For The People Act. Put control of our government back where it belongs—into the hands of the people.


FRIDAY, MAY 21 ~ 5pm - 7pm

SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2021 ~ 10am - 2pm

via Zoom


Please mark your calendars now!

You may expect the Final Call to Convention on or before April 6, 2021.

Final Call will include registration information and all documents

on which Convention Delegates will vote, including:

~ Proposed Program for 2021-22

~ LWVCO FY22 organizational budget

~ Slate of nominees for the LWVCO Board of Directors

~ Requested changes to LWVCO bylaws



Caucuses will be held on Friday, May 21 from 7pm - 8pm.

Would you like to host a caucus? Email by April 12!


Looking for a unique history?


To celebrate the 100th Birthday of the LWV in 2020,
a revised history of the LWV of Colorado was published,
and it contains many local League histories as well as many biographies of past leaders.


This fascinating book is available on Amazon for $15 plus tax!
Just type “League of Women Voters of Colorado” into the search field.

From the League of Women Voters of La Plata County 1/11/2021

January 6, 2021 was another “Day of Infamy” for the United States.  The assault on our Capitol was not from an enemy nation, but from our own political extremists. 


This attack on our democracy does not come as a surprise.  For months our sitting president has refused to acknowledge the free and fair election that he lost.  He, instead, encouraged his supporters to overturn the election for him.  His lies, his threats to election officials and demands that the vice president break the law were just the preview to his speech inciting insurrection from a mob of his supporters who then invaded and desecrated the U. S. Capitol. 


The League of Women Voters of La Plata County, in solidarity with the LWV COLORADO and the LWV US, condemns this attack for what it was: an insurrection.  We stand against the violent tyranny of this president and those who promote and carry out violence in his name.


Americans from across our country are trying to understand and process the terror and fear from the assaults of this day.  Without question, this was a day that shook our democracy.  But democracy did not die, it persevered, and we must continue to nurture it back to health.


The League of Women Voters, at all levels, will remain focused on our continuing mission since 1920: to educate and empower voters and to defend democracy.  The horrors of January 6th only encourage us to work harder to support and proclaim the facts and the strength of our Constitution; and to stand in solidarity with any and all people or groups who will help us in this work. 


We are better than this as a nation and we must show the world this is true.  Our power is our vote.  That is how we make democracy work. 

In Solidarity, The Board of Directors and Committee Chairs of the LWV of La Plata County


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About Us


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 Diversity, Equity 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 DEI 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

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Diane Goodchild, Director at Large

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