LWV Cape Ann

Join us Saturday May 9th at 10 AM!

Due to COVID-19 policy, we will be meeting using Zoom, online or by phone. Everyone is welcome. If you did not receive an email invitation to the meeting and would like to attend, email LWVCapeAnn@gmail.com. See the calendar below, and our Meetings web page for details.

Contested Election for Rockport Selectmen

Rockport has not yet rescheduled its municipal election, but the town clerk has informed us who will be on the ballot. The only contested race is for two positions on the Board of Selectmen. Here are the five candidates:

  • Paul F. Murphy, 21R Pleasant St., candidate for re-election
  • Ross Charles Brackett, 27 Main St.
  • Carol A. Cooke, 171B Thatcher Rd.
  • Charles Seavey, 18 Frank St.
  • William R. Wagner, 147 Granite St.

You can download an application to vote by mail with this link. We have not yet decided whether or how to hold a candidate event. Stay tuned.

Upcoming Events

Recent Big Event:  a Gun Forum

Gloucester High School, Saturday, December 15th, 2019
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Cape Ann
Free and open to the public

Panelists:

  • Greg Gibson, author and father of a shooting victim
  • Mark Nestor, decorated Vietnam War veteran and commander of the Lester S. Wass Legion Post
  • Jim Wallace, president of the Massachusetts Gun Owners Action League (G.O.A.L.)

Moderator:

  • John Bell, former Mayor of Gloucester and US Army Officer

The goal of the Forum was to have a respectful public discussion and hear from different sides about this emotional and serious national issue.  All questions and comments were written and screened. View the video here.

Gloucester’s “Horribles” Parade July 3rd

Gloucester LWV

photo courtesy of Glenn Parker

2019 Annual Meeting at Scout Hall in Rockport

Laura Harrington spoke on her dynamic musical comedy of politics, power and persuasion “The Perfect 36”, about the struggle to persuade 36 states to ratify the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote. She is the author of two novels, Alice Bliss and A Catalog of Birds.

2018 Election Archive

2018 Annual Meeting at American Legion Post 3 in Gloucester

Mark Nestor, Major Retired U.S. Army, spoke on “The Second Amendment Can Co-Exist with the Safety of Our Schoolchildren.”  Nestor was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam and believes that our gun laws can be changed with the support of veterans organizations. State Senator Bruce Tarr gave a brief update on legislation. A good question-and-answer session with the audience followed.

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Participate in elections and town meetings.

If you have a driver’s license, you can register online (where you can also check your voter registration status).

Ballot girls 2017 (2)
Cynthia Bjorlie MD and Gloucester High School students Emily Frick and Haley Johnson
We have done projects with Gloucester High School in 2016 (debate of the 4 questions on state ballot) and in 2017 (involvement in Gloucester City Council campaign and election).  Students are being introduced to politics from the local level on up.

We promote fair campaigns.

The League of Women Voters of Cape Ann sponsors a Fair Campaign Initiatives for an upcoming election. As part of the initiative, candidates for public office are asked to sign a Fair Campaign Pledge. The Fair Election Practices Campaign was first established by the League of Women Voters in the 1970s and the League of Women Voters of Cape Ann has joined other leagues across the country to promote issue-oriented and civil campaigning among candidates for public office.

Our most recent event was a forum for the Gloucester city council election. The election was November 7, 2017.

We award scholarships.

Over the past 11 years, we have awarded $15,000 in scholarships to high-school students in Gloucester, Rockport, and Manchester-Essex.

We invite interest and membership.

See our Meetings web page for information about time and place for our monthly meetings. Please feel free to attend our meetings. If you decide to join, membership is $48 per year for women or men. Checks payable to the League of Women Voters of Cape Ann can be sent to:  June Michaels, LWVCA Treasurer, P.O. Box 244, Rockport, MA 01966. For other information please use the contact form below, or email us at LWVCapeAnn@gmail.com.

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