CMAL Action and Advocacy

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 Council of Metropolitan Area Leagues

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The Council of Metropolitan Area Leagues (CMAL) is an Inter-League Organization (ILO)  established September 18, 1962.  CMAL is an extension of local LWV's in the Twin Cities metropolitan area that address governmental issues of metropolitan wide concern.    All members of local LWVs in the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area - Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington Counties - are automatically members of CMAL.  Each local LWV appointes delegates, who elect the CMAL board of directors, adopt a budget, and adopt programs and studies.

CMAL Positions

CMAL holds positions on:

      • Metropolitan Council (1969, 1976, 1993, 2001, 2019)
      • PDF icon County Government(1975, 2022)
      • Environment
      • Financing Metropolitan Services
      • Funding/Financing Fiscal Disparities
      • Health
      • Housing
      • Housing/Health Care for the Aging
      • Land Use & Environmental Quality
      • School Integration/Desegregation
      • Transportation

See Summary of CMAL Positions  (pages 41 to 43 of LWV Minnesota's Program for Action 2019-2021)

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CMAL Studies

Watershed Study

CMAL is in early stages of a Watershed study.  If you are interesting in working on this study, email LWV ABC.


County Government in the Metropolitan Area 

Summary of CMAL Study of County Government

Presentation by Mindy Greiling, Study Committee Chair
January 15, 2022
Watch the CMAL Quarterly Meeting Discussion of the County Government Study

LWV ABC Update on Anoka County Portion of CMAL Study of County Government

Presented by Julie Trude, LWV ABC Vice President
November 8, 2021

LWV-CMAL Panel Discussion on Metro County Government

January 9, 2021

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Metropolitan Council Governance

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 CMAL Board of Directors 

Email:  lwvcmal [at] ( )


Karen Schaffer (Roseville Area)

Vice Chair

Carol Barclay


Marti Micks (Golden Valley)


Peg DuBord (South Tonka)


Dick Ottman 


Joann Ellis (St. Paul)


Thana Ross (Dakota County)


Wes Volkenant (ABC)





Join the CMAL Board of Directors

CMAL Board Members Joann Ellis, Peg DuBord and Thana Ross discuss their experience serving on the CMAL board.
January 15, 2022

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CMAL Quarterly Meetings

CMAL holds quarterly meetings with guest speakers who address issue of metro-wide concern.  Find more CMAL videos on our CMAL Playlist on YouTube.)

Metro Area Government in 2023

January 14, 2023

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 CMAL Annual Convention

Each local league has one voting delegate for each 50 members and major fraction of 50. Each local LWV may designate an alternate for delegates who are absent.   LWV ABC has two delegates to CMAL.  All members are welcome to attend as observers.



  •  CMAL Annual Convention 2020

        • no meeting held, see CMAL Annual Convention 2021 for report of virtual elections