THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF HUNTINGTON HOSTED SUCCESSFUL RUNNING AND WINNING 2018 WORKSHOP
The League of Women Voters of Huntington’s Running and Winning workshop, held on April 18, 2018 was a huge success even surpassing our high expectations. Thirty one students from six schools attended. This was an extraordinary group of female students from very diverse backgrounds who all were extremely engaged for the entire program. The six elected public officials (three Republicans and three Democrats) and two women (one from the Green Party and the other an independent) who had recently run for office but did not win, all told their stories and experiences from their hearts and inspired the students. Our 11 youth committee members all were prepared and knowledgeable being excellent facilitators as well as organizers. The different candidates and campaigns that were presented by the six groups of students after lunch demonstrated the students’ concerns on important issues ranging from the environment to gun safety, their desire to grapple with these issues, and their creativity in creating a virtual candidate and campaign. Each presentation was different although all of the candidates were single women. The evaluations as well as the oral testimonials from public officials, students and teachers which were made during the last half of the program exemplify that our goal for this program was accomplished.
It would not be surprising if some of the attendees not only considered a political career but in the future will run and win. At minimum they will all be informed and involved and once eligible to vote at 18 will consistently do so. They got the message so often articulated by the public officials that they can be anything they want, they can make a difference,
and they will. Our future is in good hands.
About the League of Women Voters of Huntington:
The League of Women Voters of Huntington is a non-partisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of public policy issues, and influences policy through education and advocacy. Membership is open to women and men 16 years and older. For more information on
the League of Women Voters of Huntington, please visit: http://www.lwv-suffolkcounty.org/LWVHuntington.html.