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LWVUS-LWVEF Mission Statement and Core Values

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions

The goal of the League of Women Voters is to empower citizens to shape better communities worldwide.

The League of Women Voters of the United States is a nonpartisan political membership organization, which:

  • acts after study and member agreement to achieve solutions in the public interest on key community issues at all levels.
  • builds citizen participation in the democratic process.
  • engages communities in promoting positive solutions to public policy issues through education and advocacy.

The League of Women Voters Education Fund
is a nonpartisan public policy educational organization, which:
  • builds citizen participation in the democratic process.
  • studies key community issues at all government levels in an unbiased manner.
  • enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management.


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Nonpartisan Policy

The League may take action on governmental measures and policies in the public interest. However, it shall not support or oppose any political party or any candidate. Recognizing that the League experience uniquely equips members for public life and wishing to encourage members to utilize their knowledge and abilities, non-board members are urged to participate fully in partisan activities (on an individual basis). Board members’ activities must be limited to preserve the League’s nonpartisan position.

  • If a Board member declares for a partisan elective office, the member shall resign from the Board.
  • Public notices released by the League announcing the resignation of a Board member to run for political office should be carefully worded to avoid the appearance of endorsing the resigning Board member’s candidacy.
  • The President and Voter Service Director shall not participate in any political campaign in any way. Other Board members shall not chair or administer fundraising of political campaigns or chair campaign events, for a candidate.
  • A Board member may serve on any public, nonpartisan Board, Commission, Committee or Coalition; however, that Board member does not represent the League unless officially designated as a League representative by the League Board.
  • The political activities of a spouse or relative of a Board member are to be considered as separate and distinct from the activities of the Board member.
  • A Board member, who has resigned from the Board to run for office or take a major role in a political campaign, shall not return to the Board until at least a month has passed after the political activity has ceased.
  • A Board member may not actively campaign, petition for or support a campaign or political issue that is in direct opposition to a position of the LWVUS, the LWVFL or the LWVSRQ. A Board member may, however, support a political issue on which the LWV has no position. This includes petitioning, placing signage on property or public speaking on the issue as long as it is clear that she/he is not acting on behalf of the LWV.
  • The Board shall decide on specific issues as they arise.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy

The League offers a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment that is welcoming to all who are drawn to our mission and wish to make a positive impact.

Discrimination or harassment of any kind will not be accepted within the League, including but not limited to race, socio-economic status, age, ability status, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, gender identity, or marital status. The League is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and belonging for all people. The League is an organization that respects and values the richness of our community and our members. The collective sum of our individual differences and life experiences represents not only our culture, but our reputation and the organization's mission and achievements as well. 

Board of Directors


Shawn Bartelt - President 2023-2025 (ends 4/25)
Vilia Johnson - 1st Vice President 2024-2026 (ends 4/26)
Rhonda Peters - 2nd Vice President 2024-2026 (ends 4/26)
Marilyn Lucht - Treasurer 2024-2026  (ends (4/26)
Brenda Griffiths - Secretary 2023-2025 (ends 4/25)


Cherie Balans - Board Member 2024-2026 (ends 4/26)
Liz Barber - Board Member 2024-2026 (ends 4/26)
Joyce Fitzpatrick  - Board Member 2024-2025 (ends 4/25)
Tracy Geannopulos  - Board Member 2023-2025 (ends 4/25)
Bonnie Granatir - Board Member 2024-2026 (ends 4/26)

Nancy Morrison - Board Member 2024-2026 (ends 4/26)
Debra Starr - Board Member 2024-2025 (ends 4/25)

Elena Vizvary - Board Member 2023-2025  (ends 4/25)

Committee Chairperson email

Communications Committee:  Shawn Bartelt Nancy Morrison                                                                                                                   
Events Committee:  Elena Vizvary

Finance Committee: Marilyn Lucht

Membership Committee:  Rhonda Peters

Speakers Bureau Chair: Kathy McEachran

Voter Registration Chair: Kathy McEachran

Voter Forum Chair:  Rhonda Peters

Vote 411/Voter Guide Chair: Tracy Geannopulos

Action Team Leaders email

Education Action Team:  Jill Lewis-Spector

Health Care Action Team:  Ruth Brandwein
     Reproductive Health & Justice is a cohesive part of Health Care.

Natural Resources Action Team:  Joyce Fitzpatrick

League of Women Voters of Sarasota County

PO Box 18884

Sarasota, Florida 34276-1884