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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!

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We hosted a public forum concerning gun violence in America and related public policy issues on November 12, 2018 at Nativity Episcopal Church in Burnsville. The forum consisted of a presentation on gun violence data, a review of current Minnesota gun laws by Burnsville Police Sergeant David Powers, and a panel discussion considering potential strategies to reduce gun violence and related 2nd Amendment issues.

The panel discussion was moderated by Mary Rice, President of LWV Bloomington. Panelists included Rev. Nancy Nord Bence, Executive Director of Protect Minnesota, Bryan Strawser, Chairman of the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus, Rep. Erin Maye Quade, MN House District 57A, and Rep. Steve Drazkowski, MN House District 21B. We wish to sincerely thank each of the panelists, Sgt. Powers, Mary Rice, Nativity Episcopal Church, Jamie Manzi-Moore, Eagan Television, Mike McIntee, and each of our volunteers, especially Emily Helgeson, who was the lead organizer of the event!




We held our November meeting at the Presbyterian Church of the Apostles in Burnsville. Our main topic of discussion was a recap of our activities throughout the 2018 election season including voter registration, candidate forums, and more. We also heard an update of what's happening in Dakota County from our intrepid Observer Corps leaders and about a study that CMAL is conducting of the Met Council, which will be the main topic of our February 2019 meeting. Due to the number of slides, the presentation from our meeting is broken up into two parts:



We helped a group of students from Henry Sibley High School that organized a Get Out the Vote event on Sunday in West St. Paul. We made nonpartisan signs encouraging people to vote at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church and held the signs on Robert Street outside Cub Foods. Some of the students also handed out "I will vote" stickers to those exiting Cub Foods. Thanks to all who participated!


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