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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!


LWV Dakota County hosted a forum for candidates seeking election to three at-large seats on the school board of ISD 196. ISD 196 serves approximately 28,000 students and encompasses portions or all of Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan, Burnsville, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville, Coates, and Empire and Vermillion townships.

The forum was held Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Rosemount City Hall. Participants included Craig Angrimson, Art Coulson (incumbent), Rebecca Gierok, Gary Huusko (incumbent), Daniel O'Neil, Mike Roseen (incumbent), and Bianca Ward Virnig. The moderator was Laura Helmer, LWV Minnesota Voter Service/Citizen Education Chair. We wish to thank all of our volunteers, the cities of Rosemount and Apple Valley, and ISD 196 for their assistance.

LWV Dakota County hosted a forum titled The State of Health Care: Successes and Challenges, Possible Changes on the Federal Level, Health Care Legislation in Minnesota. The event was held June 1, 2017 at Nativity Episcopal Church in Burnsville.

Presenters included Sen. John Marty, author of the Minnesota Health Plan, Andy Slavitt, former Acting Administrator for CMS/Medicaid, Medicare, and CHIP, Scott Keefer, V.P. of Public Affairs at Blue Cross Blue Shield, Dr. Cindy Firkins Smith, past President of the Minnesota Medical Association and the Minnesota Dermatological Society, Dr. Dimitri Drekonja, Infectious Disease Staff Physician at Minneapolis VA Medical Center, and moderator Mike McIntee, documentary film-maker, journalist, and AM950 radio host.

We wish to thank all of our presenters and volunteers, especially Molly Gehrke, Nativity Episcopal Church, and all of those who attended!

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