In 2021, the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County celebrated its 50th anniversary.
To honor the anniversary, Blacksburg Mayor Leslie Hager-Smith presented the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County with a proclamation.
The proclamation cited the league’s work in “believing in the power of democracy and encouraging citizens to take a larger role in public affairs.”
“We thank the community for 50 years of support,” said Elizabeth Obenshain, league president, “and plan to continue the league’s civic work that is vital to American democracy.” League vice president Deborah Travis said planning is now underway with other community organizations for candidate forums for the House of Delegates, Town Council and other local offices before this fall’s important elections.
According to Obershain, the league’s goal is to ensure that community members know about candidates’ positions on local issues and are encouraged to vote. A major focus this year is a study of equity in school financing.
Watch and listen to a history of this League as we celebrate 50 years of action in Montgomery County. (18 minutes)