The League of Women Voters of Dakota County is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences policy through education and advocacy. We meet monthly and also host candidate forums, issue forums, and other events of interest to the community. Please attend one of our meetings or contact us for more information!


Updated: Oct 14

Our candidate forum for the ISD 719 (Prior Lake Savage Area) School Board was held on October 12 at Savage City Hall. The forum was co-hosted by the City of Savage. Video of the forum is available here and will be replayed via Mediacom channel 107.2 and Nuvera channel 1018.

The candidates who participated are Amy Bullyan, Bill Markert, Geoff Zahn, Jonathan Drewes, Lisa Atkinson, Michael Nelson, Enrique Velazquez, and Jessica Olstad. Chip Sharratt also appears on the ballot. The four candidates who receive the most votes will be elected to the school board when the election concludes on November 8. Seven of the candidates also participated in a candidate forum held October 5 by the Prior Lake Chamber of Commerce and video of that forum is available here. Profiles of the candidates with questions posed by Southwest News Media are available via this search. Information about how to vote is available on our Voter Resources page.

The League of Women Voters of Dakota County mourns the passing of our former leadership team member, Paula Overby, whose death was announced by her family today. Beyond her political candidacies, Paula was an active and contributing member of LWV of Dakota County for several years and an engaged community member, with particular interest in promoting civil discourse, forming coalitions, and creating “a more perfect union.” She worked tirelessly to advance the causes and ideals she cared about most and to give voice to those marginalized in our society. We send our deepest sympathies to her family and friends.

At our October 2022 meeting we were joined by Lori Sturdevant to discuss the history that made Minnesota one of the leading states in voter turnout and participation. That history is detailed in a 2020 book coauthored by Sturdevant and Joan Anderson Growe titled Turnout: Making Minnesota the State That Votes.

Joan Anderson Growe served as Minnesota Secretary of State from 1975 to 1999. Known for her work to encourage voter participation, her tenure was one of the longest of any secretary of state in Minnesota's history. Before running for secretary of state, Growe was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1973 to 1974. As a state legislator, Growe supported the Minnesota same-day voter registration law (the first in the country) and later, as Secretary of State, she worked to implement it. Since then, Minnesota has consistently had the highest voter turnout in the United States. Fun fact: those iconic “I Voted” stickers were originally introduced in Minnesota in the early 1990’s by Growe in order to build excitement around voting and instill a sense of pride and community.

Lori Sturdevant is a journalist and author who retired in December 2018 after 43 years with the Minneapolis Star Tribune, writing on Minnesota government and politics. She is now an occasional contributor to the Star Tribune Opinion Exchange section. She is the author, co-author, or editor of a dozen books.

Unfortunately Joan Anderson Growe was unable to attend but we were delighted to have Lori Sturdevant join us for an engaging discussion!

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