Making Democracy Work


Annual Meeting 2017

The Annual Meeting of the Concord-Carlisle League was held on May 24th. Prior to the start of the business, meeting Leaguers enjoyed a delightful presentation by Anita Tekle, who recently retired after 19 years as Concord's Town Clerk. She shared with us stories of how the town government has modernized to address the needs of the 21st century.

The business meeting included an affirmation of the proposed slate of Board of Directors for 2017-2018 final slate. Members voted to maintain all current local positions local positions and not to embark on any new studies. Two new initiatives were adopted. The first is a Civics/Citizenship Education Initiative, which will look at ways to educate the public on how our government works. New Initiatives. The second, the Individual Liberties Initiative, will research how our individual liberties are being threatened and identify ways that League members can individually or collectively take action. New Initiatives.

Diane Proctor, our new President, spoke about the many issues our country faces today and the vital role of the League in addressing them. She reminded us that:

"The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle is not a collection of soloists, although we may often feel alone. We are a chorus of voices--orchestrated by careful observations, a thorough study of issues, deliberative debate, and well-crafted consensus. We will not always agree on national, state, or local issues, but when we are well informed, we stand a chance of developing strong, effective, even harmonious positions. Our strength resides in those fundamental principles. Informing our citizenry, informing ourselves, remaining open to broad considerations, and digging into policies, is a gift we give to our towns, and, thereby to ourselves."

An exciting time to join in the work of the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle.

Press Release: Candidates' Forums 8/29/2016

Candidates' Forums for Governor's Council and Middlesex County Sheriff on August 29 LWVCC is co-sponsoring with LWV Newton the candidates for the Governor's Council (3rd District) and for Middlesex County Sheriff on August 29. Audience members can watch the forums live from the NewTV conference room. The forum will also be shown at a later day/time on CCTV's Government Channel and on their website

The candidates for the Democratic Primary for the 3rd District Governor's Council are Marilyn Petitto Devaney, Watertown; Bill Humphrey, Newton; Peter Georgiou, Lincoln. The candidates for Middlesex County Sheriff are Peter Koutoujian from Waltham and Barry Kelleher of Wilmington.

Send us your questions! We want to hear from you about the issues and questions you think are important to ask the candidates. Email your questions to any time before the forum. We request questions be appropriate for all candidates for the specific office and be one to two sentences in length. While the moderators might not be able to ask every question as written, they will try to cover all the topics recommended by the public.

The forum will take place at NewTV studios at 23 Needham Street, Newton Highlands. Candidates for Middlesex County Sheriff will start their forum at 6:45 p.m. and those for Governor's Council will begin at 8 p.m.

This forum is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters chapters of Concord-Carlisle, Melrose, Newton, Waltham, Wayland, and Winchester and NewTV. For more information, please email

August 11, 2016 press release

Photos from Money in Politics Public Form

Money in Politics event - Jeffrey Clements
Keynote speaker, Concord resident, attorney and author, Jeffrey Clements.

Money in Politics event - Senator Eldridge
Staunch supporter of campaign finance reform and public financing of campaigns, Senator James Eldridge.

Money in Politics audience
Capacity crowd for Keeping the American Promise: Money, Free Speech and Democracy public forum, 1/13/16.

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