Many Thanks to LWVO Volunteers

We are thankful for the many Voter Service Volunteers who helped educate and empower voters during the 2022 election cycle. Here are the LWVO volunteer leaders who Make Democracy Work in Oakland:

Much of the content for our publications, online resources and Speakers Bureau depended on the careful analyses of 11 local ballot measures by Gail Wallace’s 8-member team. They also prepared ballot measure recommendations for voters, which we shared in a Vote With the League video-taped presentation. We were active participants in the coalition supporting successful Measure W, the Oakland Fair Elections Act.

The 13-member Candidates Forums team, led by Cynthia O’Malley and Louise Anderson, facilitated 14 Zoom forums where the public met local candidates, all recorded for later viewing. Almost 7,000 people viewed the forums, for the first time including Spanish and Cantonese translations. We co-sponsored 5 additional forums with community organizations, and mentored 5 community groups who organized forums of their own. Special thanks to Rachel Foodman, who organized forums for the primary election.

Voter’s Edge is the League’s popular bi-lingual digital resource for voting, candidate and ballot measure information. Bonnie Hamlin led the 6-member team who populated the site.

Anna Mattai’s Speakers Bureau fielded 20 speakers on State and local ballot measures who made well received pros and cons presentations to 43 community groups. Anna also organized a small team to make 8 short videos explaining Oakland ballot measures, this year using available consumer software. Another first - we translated the videos for Spanish and Cantonese voters. Over 2,000 people viewed our videos.

Alec MacDonald returned to his role as contracted editor of our much in demand Oakland Easy Voter Guide, assisted by Gail Kong.  Anne Symonds and Peggy Graybill organized an enthusiastic team of  14 volunteers to distribute 17,500 free copies of the OEVG in 3 languages to 82 venues, including libraries, senior centers, churches and community organizations. In addition, we distributed 5,050 hard copies of the State League’s EVGs in 5 languages. We made online versions  available. 

Carmen Murray is our lead for both Voter Registration and YOUth Decide, our project encouraging young people to become civically engaged. Her teams of over a dozen volunteers, including student interns, organized 16 election-related community events, developed a 1.5 hour program for classroom presentation, made 10 presentations to high school and community college audiences, and staffed registration tables at 8 community and school events. Jody Nunez and the reentry team held 6 events with the Parole Office to register newly re-enfranchised parolees.  

We were able to bring all of this information to your attention through our communications team led by Gail Kong, Jane Felice and contractor Yaneeka Huq from Lemons From Heaven. Student interns handled our intensive social media campaign. Anchored by our redesigned website, we successfully employed election special bulletins and community outreach to get the word out to our community.

We offer a bouquet of thanks to the League’s dedicated leadership:16 members of the current board of directors, past board members Madeleine Dy, Bonnie Hamlin, Nina Senn and Jignasha Pandya and the many more who are part of our extended leadership. These committed individuals donate thousands of hours to ensure that the League conducts business with purpose, professionalism, and integrity: President Viola Gonzales, VP Action Gail Wallace, VP Administration Gail Kong, Treasurer Pat Williams, Secretary Beth Hodess, Mary Bergan, Jennifer Cabán, Kathleen Cha, Jane Felice, Peggy Graybill, Jesse Kadjo, Dondria Morgan, Ernestine Nettles, Jody Nunez, Louise Rothman-Riemer, and Aleece Tkachuk. We especially want to thank Deborah Shefler for her exceptional  coordination of Voter Services. We applaud these League leaders for their stewardship of the League and community service.

Thanks to Our Election Workers

Thank you to the people who make our elections run: poll workers, election officials, election observers, postal workers, and volunteers. They do the essential work to ensure we can vote safely and securely. 

Special Thanks to Our Members, Donors, 

and Community Partners 

We are especially grateful to our past and present members, donors and community partners for your participation and engagement with the League, your service on our committees, and for sharing ideas that transform issues of greatest community concern into League action and advocacy. 

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