Recent News




2017 ANNUAL MEETING RECAP - LWVEA elected new officers earlier this month at our annual meeting. Congratulations to co-Presidents Ann Moss and Cory Unruh, Secretary Stacey Blersch, and Treasurer Kristen De La Fuente. Our calendar is already filling up with voter registration events in anticipation of the 2018 primary and election, and monthly programs that will engage and inform voters in East Alabama.

Beth McDaniel was presented with the Phyllis Rea Award for contributions to the community that enhance the mission of the League. Kristen De La Fuente was presented with the Sue Flood Award for dedication to the League of Women Voters and its ongoing efforts.

Pat Vandermeer of Ready to Run spoke about encouraging more women to run for office and how to support a candidate.


House District 79 Republican Candidate Forum was held on August 22nd (2106) in Auburn. Click here for the O-A News coverage of the forum. We thank the candidates for participating, moderator Dr. Gerald Johnson for running the forum, and Spirit of Democracy and the O-A News for co-sponsoring the event.


 The LWVEA panel on Human Trafficking in Alabama was held on Monday, March 21st (2016) in the Fellowship Hall of the Auburn First Baptist Church. More than 50 interested citizens attended to hear more about this important issue. The panelists included the following:

  • Dr. Arianne Gaetano (AU Dept. Of Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work)
  • Ms. Lisa Stephens (Domestic Violence Intervention Center)
  • Rev. Dr. Katherine Martin (Retired Social Worker)
  • Ms. Jessica Ventiere (Assistant District Attorney, Lee County DA’s Office)

For more information about combatting human trafficking, see the following resources:


LWVEA Awarded Education Grant to Continue Youth Voter Registration Efforts in Lee and Macon Counties; Partnering with Auburn University's Chapter of the SPLC (2016)

We are so thrilled to announce that the League of Women Voters Education Fund has awarded LWVEA a pass-through grant to support our voter registration activities. This grant will fund our program to register high school seniors in Lee and Macon County this spring and early fall! We are excited to work with the AU Chapter of the Southern Poverty Law Center to double our efforts here in East Alabama. Read about us here! UPDATE: On February 9th, LWVEA and SPLC on Campus volunteers visited Opelika High School and registered more than 90 students. In March, we visited Smith Station High School and Lee County Youth Development Center and registered 111 and 13, respectively.


Media Coverage for the Candidates for House District 79 (2016)

(Special Election/Republican Primary on September 13th)

Forum Coverage:

General Information:

Campaign Financing:

Alabama Lottery:

Jay Conner, Republican

 Joe Lovvorn, Republican

Brett Smith, Republican

Sandy Toomer, Republican

General Election Candidates (November 29 or February 7, as necessary)

Republican: To be determined

Libertarian: Gage Fenwick

Other/Third/Minor Party: N/A at this time



2016 Elections in Opelika

Thank you for voting on August 23rd! Mayor Gary Fuller and Ward 1 Councilwoman Patsy Jones were re-elected. No one in Ward 2 received a majority of votes so a Runoff Election will be held between candidates Tiffany Gibson-Pitts and Oscar Penn on October 4th in the Opelika Learning Center (formerly the Old Jeter School; 214 Jeter Ave.).

Media Coverage: Mayoral Election Results, Ward Election Results, General, Mayor, Ward 1 Race, Ward 2 Race

Contested races are as follows:

               Mayor: Gary Fuller (Incumbent) *RE-ELECTED

                            County Commissioner John Andrew Harris (Challenger)

               Ward 1: Patsy Jones (Incumbent) *RE-ELECTED

                             Greg Jones (Challenger)

               Ward 2: Larry Gray (Incumbent)

                              Tiffany Gibson-Pitts (Challenger) *RUN-OFF

                              Nelson Marsh (Challenger)

                              Oscar Penn (Challenger) *RUN-OFF

Wards 3, 4, and 5 are uncontested and the incumbents (Dozier Smith T, Eddie Smith, and David Canon, respectively) have been re-elected. Voters in these wards should still cast a ballot for mayor.

****Make sure you are registered! Go to to check/update your registration.***

WARD LOCATIONS (Find yours here!)


Read the O-A News article about the "Use Your Voice" Concert on February 17, 2016


Lilly Ledbetter, Women's Equality Day 2015

Lilly Ledbetter was the special guest of the LWVEA for Women's Equality Day 2015. Read more in the Plainsman and in the O-A News.


LWV of Alabama State Convention held in Auburn, AL, May 2-3, 2015, hosted by LWV of East Alabama

A recap of this successful event can be found at

First Annual Transparency in Government Award presented to former PSC Commissioner Terry Dunn


SATURDAY, April 25 was Auburn CityFest and the LWVEA was there to register voters! We ended up registering 39 voters from Lee and Tallapoosa Counties! Our goal is to register/update 1000 voters before November 2016 and we are on our way!


Legislative Forum for Lee County Delegates held on January 27, 2015
About 60 people attended the LWVEA Legislative Forum held on Monday, January 27th, in the Auburn City Council Chambers. LWVEA League member Ms. Barbara Patton moderated the two-hour forum. Delegates who participated were Speaker Mike Hubbard, Sen. Billy Beasley, Sen. Gerald Dial, Rep. Mark Tuggle and Rep. Pebblin Warren. Questions were prepared by League members and were also submitted by audience members. The panel was asked about 15 questions ranging from the Alabama Accountability Act and public schools to midwifery and a spay/neuter bill. Other topics included Common Core, Payday Loan Reform, Medicaid, Tutweiler Prison, Open Meetings Law and Constitutional Reform. 

Here is a link to the article as well as an editorial in the O-A News.


Auburn City Council Candidate Forum held on August 12, 2014

The League of Women Voters of East Alabama (LWVEA) and the O-A News hosted an Auburn City Council Candidate Forum on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, in the Fellowship Hall of the Auburn First Baptist Church. The event began at 6PM and concluded at 8PM. Over 170 members of the community came out to see the candidates from Wards 1, 3, 5 and 6 answer questions submitted by citizens. The evening concluded with a Meet & Greet Session where audience members could talk one-on-one with the candidates. Check out the O-A News article and the evening news piece!


VOTER REGISTRATION EVENTS: Click here for a recap!

Opelika's Summer Swing Concert (August 4, 2015)

(L-R) Kerry Baharanyi, Barbara Daron and Ann Moss (Kim White took the picture!)


Auburn University's New Faculty and GTA Orientation (August 14, 2015)

(Top photo, L-R) Ann Moss, Kristen De La Fuente, and new registrant (Laura Hill took the picture!)

(Bottom photo, L-R) New registrants, Laura Hill, and Ann Moss


Auburn University's New Graduate Student Orientation (August 16, 2015)

(L-R) New registrant, Cory Unruh, Aly Bolin, and Carol Daron



Kim White and Laura Hill (L-R) apply stars to the field of blue. For every voter the LWVEA registers, we add one star to the flag. We are currently at 145 stars! Our goal is to fill at least 20 flags!

National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) was September 24, 2013 and the LWVEA participated!
A big thank you to Marilyn, Phil, Colleen, Jeffrey, Charlotte, Judy, Carolyn and Glenda for all of your help!

Glenda and Carolyn volunteering for the League at Dollar General in Opelika for NVRD!

Colleen and Jeffrey volunteering for the League at Wright's Grocery in Opelika for NVRD!

The LWVA registered voters last year during Tailgate @ the Library on the Auburn campus.


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