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: Jun 16, 2019

The main topic at our July 10 meeting was an open forum for members to give feedback, contribute ideas, ask questions, and generally help steer the future of LWV Dakota County. Members were also provided with a recap of our activities throughout the past fiscal year (April 2017 through March 2018).

2017-2018 Annual Recap p. 1

2017-2018 Annual Recap p. 2

This weekend several LWV Dakota County members are registering voters at Eaux Claires Music Festival just outside Eau Claire, WI. While they are registering Minnesota voters, they are working alongside Chippewa Valley Votes whose volunteers are registering Wisconsin voters.

They are receiving many thank yous from festival-goers and enjoying the beautiful weather. Thanks to Paula Stein Clark, Kristina Clark, Phillip Lundquist, Lynn Lewis, and Kristi Hertz for volunteering!

On June 22 Dakota County hosted a Post-Session Legislative Event at the Community Development Agency office in Eagan. In attendance were all County Commissioners, many state legislators who represent districts within Dakota County, and key Dakota County staff members. Several Observer Corps members attended as well. There was a handout regarding Dakota County's legislative successes during the 2018 legislative session but only one copy was made available to the Observer Corps members in attendance.

Commissioner Gaylord offered introductory remarks which was followed by a discussion led by Commissioner Gerlach. The legislative successes that were highlighted include:

​A more complete summary of Dakota County's 2018 legislative successes and failures is contained within a report prepared for the County by Messerli Kramer.

The discussion included legislators in attendance sharing their insight on the County's strategy in seeking appropriations for Dakota County. Legislators articulated their concerns regarding promoting fair committee time, rich debate, and bipartisan problem solving. However, there was little discussion of the County's legislative failures.

Several state legislators approached members of our Observer Corps. There appeared to be a sincere interest in why we attended, what our observations were, and what our frustrations were.

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