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Top community contributors sought

The Making Democracy Work Award will be presented in April to a Pueblo County citizen who does “an outstanding job of contributing to the community in a positive and meaningful way to make it safer, better, more beautiful, kinder, better educated, more inclusive and better informed.”

The award is given by the League of Women Voters-Pueblo, and the group is looking for individuals or local organizations to nominate Pueblo West candidates. All nominees will be honored at the April 29 meeting and the award winner will make a brief presentation.

The League of Women Voters’ mission statement is to support issues that have been studied and that the group takes a position on. It doesn’t simply support political parties or candidates. The group encourages people to register to vote and attempts to educate them about issues for each election.

“We hope to encourage others to do the same by starting the Make Democracy Work Award,” said Anne Courtright, co-president of the League of Women Voters-Pueblo. “Voting is only one facet of making democracy work. There are many other ways that citizens make their communities better, safer, more vibrant places in which to live. Help us recognize your friend or neighbor who is helping to make democracy work in Pueblo County.”

Courtright said democracy is not a spectator sport. In other words, to live in a democracy, everyone needs to be aware of and understand what is happening in their communities and countries.

“Your opinion only matters if you express it by voting and by influencing others. No matter how opposed you are to someone or something, if you don’t express that opinion by voting, you have no room to complain,” Courtright said.

Nomination forms for the Making Democracy Work Award are available at www.lwvpueblo.org or by calling 544-4956.

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