Reception held for League of Women Voters
by Anthony Cloud Staff Writer
The Middlesboro Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW) held a reception for the League of Women’s Voters (LWV) on Oct. 15 for the league’s 30th anniversary reception.
Held at the Bell County Historical Museum., the event had food and drinks for those in attendance.
Officials attending included Middlesboro Mayor Bill Kelley, State Rep. Rick Nelson and Middlesboro City Councilman Bo Green.
The LWV came to be in 1985, the only one east of U.S. 75 and still the only LWV chapter in eastern Kentucky. The organization of the group came during a time of political turmoil, according to a LWV history document.
A group of women became convinced that what was needed was the voice of cool reason. Bill Morris suggested the state League of Women Voters be asked to send someone to talk about that organization.
A group of five or six women who attended that first public meeting with the state LWV representative formed a committee and began calling friends and others who might be interested in organizing a local chapter.
The group emphasized that the LWV was non-partisan. Its goals were voter education and voter service.
“We would never support any particular candidate or party and would only support a position or goal after extended study and the reaching of a consensus,” said group member Ann Matheny.
Since it’s formation, the LWV is best known for the candidate forums, some held in conjunction with BPW, voter registration drives and forums on local issues.
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