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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Voters Guides are now available!

Local elections will be held on May 9, and early voting will take place April 27 - May 5.

Voters Guides for Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Plano, Wylie, and Collin College are available here and at

Choose a date to vote, and put it on your calendar.
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LWV-CC Annual Meeting - Public Invited

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Medical Center of Plano Auditorium
4001 W. 15th St., Ste. #315, Plano, TX 75093

Speaker: Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere

A buffet brunch will be served at 10:30 a.m., and the Mayor will speak at 11:00 a.m. LWV-CC will conduct its annual business meeting after the address.

This meeting is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required, but we would appreciate notice that you plan to attend. Please contact Janice Schieffer,, for more information.

LWV-CC Candidate Forums

Collin College, Plano ISD, and Plano City Council

The program room at Parr Library had standing room only for the three-session candidate forum April 11. The audience included several elected officials, including Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere. Candidates for Collin College, Plano ISD, and Plano City Council talked about why they were running and responded to written questions from the audience.

Candidates for Plano ISD are shown in the photo, along with the LWV-CC President Janice Schieffer (center). The candidates shown, left to right, are: Sharon Hirsch (Place 4), Michael Friedman (Place 4), Yoram Solomon (Place 4), and Paul Kaminsky (Place 7). Missy Bender, a candidate for Place 7, was unable to attend the forum.

Candidates for Collin College who participated are: Steve Cone (Place 7), Mike Gould (Place 7), Collin Kennedy (Place 7), Jim Orr (Place 7), Bob Collins (Place 8), and Ken Roberts (Place 8).

Candidates for Plano City Council who participated are: Ron Kelley (Place 5), Matt Lagos (Place 5), Mike Mansfield (Place 5), Tom Harrison (Place 7), and Jim McGee (Place 7).

McKinney City Council

Eleven candidates vying for three places in the McKinney City Council told voters at John & Judy Gay Library about their visions for McKinney and how they would facilitate them.

The candidates who participated are: Peter Bailey (At-Large), Jeremiah Hammer (At-Large) Tracy Rath (At-Large), Rodrick Robinson (At-Large), Matt Hilton (District 2), Angie Bado (District 4), Chuck Branch (District 4), Robert DeMarco (District 4), Ty Lake (District 4), Pablo Ruiz (District 4), and Steven Spainhouer (District 4).

The following candidates had conflicts and were unable to attend: Bill Campbell (At-Large), Rainey Rogers (District 2), and David Weaver (District 4).

Celebration of Collin County Women in Public Administration

More than 100 LWV members, mayors, council members, commissioners, city managers, and other city and county staff celebrated the leadership of eight Collin County women in public administration at a luncheon on March 14. The honorees, as shown in the photo, are:

Left to right, Phyllis M. Jarrell, Director of Special Projects, City of Plano; Major Pam Palmisano, Sheriff's Office, Collin County; Renae' Ollie, Director of Development Services, City of Wylie; Nell Lange, Assistant City Manager, City of Frisco; Linda Truitt, Finance Director, City of Murphy; Shelli Siemer, Assistant City Manager, City of Allen; Robyn Battle, Town Secretary, Town of Prosper; and Sandy Hart, City Secretary, City of McKinney.

Here is the 'Summary Timeline of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States with a Focus on Texas' that was displayed at the luncheon.

Here is a slide show of photos from the event.

League Lunch - everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, May 13, at 11:30 a.m.
Eddy's Restaurant
2108 W 15th Street, Plano, TX 75075

You are invited to have lunch with the League of Women Voters of Collin County on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Enjoy lively conversation, delicious food (buy-your-own), and the entertainment of a wonderful a capella vocal group. Please contact to let us know if you plan to attend. We look forward to meeting you!

The League of Women Voters celebrates 95th anniversary!

Founded February 14, 1920

The League of Women Voters was formed when women won the right to vote in the United States because the new voters wanted to be informed voters. For 95 years, the LWV has been educating its members and all voters with unbiased election information.

Members of LWV Collin County celebrated LWV's anniversary with a performance of "We Hold These Truths," a readers theater production about the history of the suffrage movement 1848-1920. The play, written by LWV Collin County member Patty Jantho, was recently performed for the Daughters of the American Revolution, Preston Ridge Chapter in Frisco.

Homelessness in Collin County

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