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Run, Lady, Run: Learn about the Election Process

Take Action

During this past year, the members of the Women Impacting Policy committee developed a timeline for running for elected office. This 18-month timeline identifies:

  1. The steps for researching the office and the opportunity
  2. How to network with constituents
  3. The process of registering as a candidate
  4. How to secure volunteers
  5. Basics of fundraising
  6. Participating in campaign events
  7. How to get elected

The timeline can be found by clicking here: TimeLine to Run for Elective Office.

Please read through this document even if you think you’ll never run for office. You might be inspired to run or to volunteer on a worthy candidate’s campaign. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Deborah Hyde, the chairperson for the Women Impacting Policy Committee, at duncan.deb@hotmail.com or at (423) 991-6967. Run, lady, run!

Reminder: This Monday, October 19th is the next meeting of the League of Women Voters. Stewart Clifton, an attorney and government relations professional who specializes in representing Tennessee nonprofits, including League of Women Voters of Tennessee, in the Legislature, will be discussing issues facing the next General Assembly. He will also give an introduction to how the legislature actually functions and dispelling misconceptions. He will also present ways that interested citizens can best impact public policy decisions. This is a great opportunity for us to educate ourselves in greater depth on how our Legislature operates.

Monday – October 19
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Business Development Center, 100 Cherokee Road

Take Action: There’s a Board for That!

Do you have a desire to be part of something bigger than yourself? Do you want to live in a vibrant community that meets your needs and the needs of your family? Did you know that there are all kinds of opportunities here in Chattanooga to be part of the solution?

The City of Chattanooga has dozens of boards of interest that YOU can serve on. Are you interested in air pollution control? There’s a board for that. Are you interested in the welfare of animals? There’s a board for that. Are you interested in improving the accessibility of community services and spaces for those with disabilities? There’s a board for that. How about the Library, health education, multicultural affairs or youth and family development? There’s a board for those, too!

Please follow this link to explore your interests and how you might serve: http://chattanooga.granicus.com/boards/w/0c1702956935de32/vacancies

You may apply on-line OR, if you’d like a more personal and direct application, you may send your resume and a letter of interest to Carol Berz, Chairperson of the Chattanooga City Council, at cberz@chattanooga.gov.

YOU have something to offer, and your service can make a difference. Please apply today!

Do Attitudes Toward Women Follow People Into The Voting Booth?

For some, a female president would be welcome. A Pew poll conducted late last year found that 69% of Democratic women hope the U.S. elects a female president in their lifetimes, followed by 46% of Democratic men, 45% of independent women and 32% of independent men. Only 20% of Republican women and 16% of Republican men shared the same hope.

On the other hand, some continue to believe that women are inherently less suited to political office than men are. Since 1974, the General Social Survey has asked respondents whether they agree with the claim that “most men are better suited emotionally for politics than most women.” In 1974, 44% of respondents agreed. In 2014, 17% did.

As an illustrative data point, consider that in 2010, 262 women ran in primary elections for seats in the House: 134 Democrats and 128 Republicans. But female candidates weren’t equally likely to win their primaries across the two parties: 68% of the Democratic women won and went on to the general election; only 37% of the Republican women had the same opportunity. So when evaluating candidates within one’s party, gender attitudes could be quite influential, and might also interact with one’s other political views. (It probably isn’t an accident that Democratic women faired better than their Republican peers.)


Originally posted by Tania Lombrozo Sept. 21, 2015. Tania Lombrozo is a psychology professor at the University of California, Berkeley. She writes about psychology, cognitive science and philosophy, with occasional forays into parenting and veganism. You can keep up with more of what she is thinking on Twitter: @TaniaLombrozo

Welcome to Fall–and the Election Season

So it is true that we don’t have any elections going on this Fall which makes this the perfect time to learn more about the election process! Below is some valuable information from the Hamilton County Election Commission about voting in 2016 elections in Hamilton County:

March 1, 2016
Presidential Preference Primary & County Primary
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 is the Presidential Preference Primary.
Voters will have the opportunity to vote for the Republican OR
Democratic presidential candidate they like the best as part of
the presidential candidate nomination process.

It is also the Hamilton County Primary for the office of Assessor
of Property and a called election for Criminal Court Judge,
Division II. The individuals that obtain the most votes during the
County Primary Election will advance to the County General
Election to run against the other party’s nominee and any
independents that qualified for that office.

August 4, 2016
County General & State Primary Elections
The winners of the County Primary will face off against each
other and any independent candidates for the final selection
for office.

During the State Primary for U.S. Congress, State Senate, and
State Representative, voters will select the candidate they like
best to move on to the State General Election in November.

NOTE: A Primary Election is a nominating election. Winning
the party’s nomination is the first step in the election
process. It narrows the field in a political party to one
individual for a specific office.

November 8, 2016
State General and City Elections
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 is the State General Election date
for the U.S. President, offices on the August 4th State Primary
Ballot, and offices for most Hamilton County municipalities. The
winners of these races will assume office.

NOTE: A General Election is the election in which all voters
make the final choice from among the party nominees
and the independent candidates for a specific office.


Keep following this WIP blog for more information about the election process and how you can be involved!

Call for Action: Women on 20’s

If you haven’t heard, the $20 bill is due for a “refresh,” and the National Women’s History Project launched a big campaign to have a WOMAN replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Hundreds of thousands of people voted to choose HARRIET TUBMAN to replace Andrew Jackson.

Then, in June, the Treasury Department announced that it would be putting a woman on the $10 bill — or rather, that a woman would share the $10 bill with Alexander Hamilton.

John Oliver, in his characteristically hilarious and blunt way, perfectly summarized why this move by the Treasury department felt like such a blow to women: “This is basically the perfect embodiment of the women’s rights movement. Women ask for something they’ve earned, a bunch of men get together and talk about it, and then they give the woman half and ask her to share it.”

It is time American currency valued women as much as it values men. 2020 is the 100th Anniversary of the triumph of the 72-year campaign that won women in the United States the right to vote. Women on the $20 will be a constant reminder of this historic, non-violent campaign for women’s right to participate in our democracy.

If you would like to take action, you may use the following site to sign a PETITION sponsored by The Women on 20’s Campaign: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/391/144/980/

SAVE THE DATE – Chattanooga League of Women Voters Meeting

Mark your calendars for June 15, 5:30 p.m. and please invite others whom you think would be interested in insuring open government. The League meetings are open to everyone; indeed, all are encouraged to attend. The meeting will be at the Business Development Center, 100 Cherokee Blvd.

Deborah Fisher, Executive Director of the TN Commission for Open Government, will travel from Nashville to speak to the League of Women Voters about her commission and the “sunshine laws.” Ms. Fisher co-authored with Frank Gibson, former Tennessean reporter, “Keys to Open Government: A Guide to Tennessee’s Open Records and Open Meetings Laws.”

SAVE THE DATE – League of Women Voters Greater Chattanooga Organization Meeting

For your information . . .




TIME: 5:30 PM

PLACE: Chattanooga Public Library

1001 Broad Street

(Entrance to Meeting Room on W.10th Street)



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