Making Democracy Work

Because democracy is not a spectator sport

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

League Friday Forum: First Responders: How is Needham Prepared for Emergencies?

Friday, February 6
Needham Public Library Community Room

  • What types of emergencies are we prepared for?
  • How do we respond to these emergencies?
  • How do departments coordinate with each other and with the state in an emergency?

Philip E. Droney, Needham's Chief of Police
Dennis Condon, Needham's Fire Chief
Timothy McDonald, Needham's Director of Public Health

For more information, see the flyer.

Run for Office in Needham

Nomination papers for candidates running for Town Offices and Town Meeting Members are now available in the Town Clerk's Office for the Annual Town Election to be held on Tuesday, April 14.

The last day to file nomination papers with the Board of Registrars is Tuesday, February 24. Incumbent Town Meeting Members must return the written acceptance form (which they received in the mail in December) to the Town Clerk's Office by Tuesday, February 17. Additional information can be found at the Needham Town Clerk's office website.

See the LWVN Guest Column published in the January 8 Needham Times at Consider a Run For Local Elected Office.

Interested in what elected town officials do? Watch the video produced by the LWVN and The Needham Channel.

Interested in running for Town Meeting Member? Watch the video produced by the LWVN and The Needham Channel.

LWVN Civics Bee

The second annual LWVN Civics Bee will be on Sunday, March 8. You can participate or be part of the audience.

Civics Bee graphic

Click here for information about the Civics Bee and to register. Last day to register is Wednesday, February 25.

Civics Bee Informational brochure.

Civics Bee flyer.

"There Oughta Be a Law" Student Video Contest

Get ready: once again the LWVMA is sponsoring a student video contest, starting on February 1.

What is the Student Video Contest? The next two-year session of the Massachusetts state legislature begins in January. LWVMA is asking Massachusetts high school students to submit two-minute videos letting our state legislators know what new legislation should be passed to keep Massachusetts healthy, productive, safe, and clean.

Who can enter? The contest is open to any Massachusetts high school student in grades 9-12.

When is the contest? Entries may be submitted online from Feb.1 until March 31.

Are there prizes? Yes! First place wins $1000; second place wins $500; and third place wins $250. Judging takes place in April, and winners are announced in May. All winners will be invited to the Massachusetts State House for the award ceremony.

More information is available at the LWVMA website.

Click here to see last year's winning videos!