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The League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico’s membership year begins October 1, although you can join at any time. Because of LWVCNM’s 501(c)(3) status, your dues are now tax deductible. To renew or join for the first time, click here.

Officers, Directors & Committee Chairs

  Co-Presidents Karen Douglas & Karen Wentworth
  1st Vice President Mary G. Wilson
  2nd Vice President Andrea Targhetta
  3rd Vice President Trish Lopez
  4th Vice President – Fundraising vacant
  Treasurer Jan Strand
  Secretary Carol Tucker Trelease
  Membership Donna Rigano
  Director – Public Relations Chris Burroughs
  Director Ashley Benning
  Director – At Large Susan Blasco
  Director – Voter Services Mary Ellen Smith
  Director – At Large Mary Wilson
  Technology Cheryl Haaker
  Newletter Mary G. Wilson
  Who’s Who Editor Ashley Benning
  Administrative Coordinator vacant
  Nominating Committee Andrea Targhetta, Gail Owens, Lindsey Ritscher, MaryEllen Smith


The Bylaws of the League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico, Inc. are established by vote of the membership. Amendments may be introduced at least one month prior to the Annual Meeting, in writing, and require a vote of 2/3 of the voting members present to pass.

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The Voter, the Monthly Newsletter of LWVCNM

December 2019 Includes information about Luncheon Unit/General meeting, LWVNM League Day at the Legislature, Advocacy Workshop in Santa Fe, preparing for the 2020 Legislative Session, tweeting, a report on last month’s unit on Judicial Selection in New Mexico, special screenings of “Equal Means Equal” and background on the ERA, heads up on the August Suffrage Anniversary Banquet, and MORE.
November 2019 Includes information on Luncheon Unit (Judicial Selection in New Mexico), the co-Presidents thank those who made the Voter Guide possible, UNM Distinguished Alumi award to Karen Douglas, help wanted in the League office, report on Luncheon meeting on 2020 Census, League outreach to Magdalena NM, Nov 28 National Day of Mourning, welcoming Mary Ellen Smith as new Voter Services chair, and more.
October 2019 Twelve pages, including October units on the Census and Election Security, reports on August and September League events, update on the APD/DOJ Consent Decree, and much more!
September 2019 Lots of great content again this month! The Luncheon unit featuring Judge Stan Whitaker “Inside the Second Judicial District Court”, NE Hights unit with Judith Deutsch on “Medicare for All”, teachers needed to help with the League’s Centennial Project, the co-Presidents on how League consensus works, spotlight on a long-term member, more of Shelly Shepherd’s report to Congress, how the Albuquerque City Council works, candidate and issue forums, a status report from APD Forward, updates on UNM’s Fall Lecture series on Jewish history, and more!
August 2019 This big 12 page issue contains information on the Luncheon meeting (“Moms Demand Action” for Gun Sense), upcoming events (community and statewide, as well as local League), the co-Presidents on election changes, spotlight on “Tooker” Walton, the Census and the Citizenship question, Suffrage in New Mexico on the League’s 75th birthday (Shelly Shepherd), New Mexico’s Nina Otero Warren, a pioneer in women’s rights and suffrage in New Mexico, summary of the State League’s board meeting in July, request for volunteers to help with Centenniall events – and even more!
July 2019 Do not miss this edition: it includes information on the Luncheon/General meeting with Albuquerque City Clerk Katy Duhigg, detailed discussion of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on gerrymandering, report on last month’s luncheon meeting, spotlight on a 52-year League member, plans so far for the LWV Centennial and call for volunteers, help (and contributions) needed for the fall Voter Guide, the decisions from the June Calendar Planning meeting, outline of HR 1 (the “For the People” act), and yes, even more.
June 2019 The June Voter is 12 solid pages of information, including the June/July events (Calendar planning! Luncheon meeting!), reports from Annual Meeting and State Convention, information on Ranked Choice Voting (under “Instant Runoff” counting), the League Centennial and where to get more information, Voter Registrar training, a new series of members recalling their League experiences, and more!
May 2019 A big 8-page issue, with information about the upcoming Annual Meeting of LWVCNM, State Convention for LWVNM in Los Alamos (speaker is new Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard), summary of the April Luncheon meeting, and calls for volunteers for the Fall Voter Guide, planning the 2020 Centennial Celebration of LWV, a new liaison with APD Forward, and office help, and much more.
April 2019 This is the Annual Meeting issue – you will also receive a hardcopy, which you should bring with you to the May 4 annual meeting. The issue also discusses the April 9th unit at The Neighborhood (legislative wrap-up), a summary of the year from the co-Presidents, proposals for Program changes, the new budget, study committees, officer bios, and a book review of “AI Superpowerrs: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order” by Kai-Fu Lee.
March 2019 Contents include: Report from the co-Presidents on the League’s lobbying efforts in Santa Fe, March unit meetings, including Melanie Majors on “Transparency in State and local Agencies” and pending legislation at the luncheon meeting March 14, Aja Nicole Brooks at the NE Heights unit meeting March 25 on the work of the 2nd Judicial District Court’s Center for Self-help and Dispute Resolution, and A book review of “Them: Why we hate each other and how to heal” by Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse (R)
February 2019 Report from the Program Planning meeting, Luncheon meeting with Bernalillo County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins, NE Heights unit has Paul Stokes discussing voter suppression, a book review of Political Tribes by Amy Chua, and the 99th Birthday of the League of Women Voters, Feb 14. Note also the Capitol Steps will perform Feb 10.
January 2019 A big important issue, with information on January Unit meetings, League Day at the Legislature, annual Program Planning, League-moderated forums on the APS Bond election, book review of “One Nation Divided”, and more.
December 2018 Contains information on the General Meeting, League Lobbying Workshop in Santa Fe, Consensus meeting for LWVNM’s “transfer of public lands” study, book review of “The Darkening Web”, reminder to contribute to LWVCNM, a 401(c)(3) organization, and more.
November 2018 Includes the Consensus meeting on the LWVNM study on transferring public lands, the Luncheon meeting featuring Joe Monahan, an Advocacy Workshop to discuss LWVNM’s planned lobbying efforts, a book review of “Enough Said”, and more.
October 2018 Issue includes the co-presidents report, unit meetings, update on LWVCNM’s 501(c)(3) status, two book reviews: The assault on intelligence by Gen. Michael Hayden, and Facts and Fears by James Clapper – and more!
September 2018 Issue includes Luncheon meeting speaker Heather Ferguson of New Mexico Common Cause, NE Heights Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto on election security, co-presidents report asking for volunteers to help with the Voter Guide and encouraging participation in the November General Election, obits for two long-time members, a book review of “Clashing Over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy” – and more!
August 2018 Another big newsletter! The luncheon speaker is new US Attorney for NM, John Anderson on “Violent Crime in New Mexico”; who does what in LWVCNM – and how you can get involved, too; a book review of Dave Levitan’s Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science; invitation to Aug 26’s big Women’s Equality Day event in Tiguex Park; and a reminder of the Social Media 101 Workshop being held for the League by Teeniors.
July 2018 This is a significant issue, including a discussion of LWVCNM’s change to a completely 501(c)(3) organization, a book review of Madeleine Albright’s Fascism: a Warning, call for help and contributions towards the 2018 “Voter Guide”, a new location for the Luncheon Meeting (Embassy Suites): “APD Forward Update”, the quarterly unit at “The Neighborhood” in Rio Rancho (Sen. Dede Feldman), and more!
June 2018 Contents include the Luncheon Unit (a study of a nuclear spent fuel option), the NEW! Westside-Placitas-Corrales quarterly unit (Senator Dede Feldman), reminders for Calendar Planning June 9, the June 5 Fundraiser at the Nexus Brewpub, and the JoAnne Ramponi Society, plus a book review of The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World by Anne-Marie Slaughter.
May 2018 Contents include information about the Annual Meeting and speaker Synthia Jaramillo (Albuquerque Director of Economic Development), reminders of LWVNM State Council, Calendar Planning!, Redistricting, and the second installment of the book review of “Destined for War.”
April 2018 This is the big Annual Meeting issue. In addition to the usual calendar and book review, there is information you will want to review before the annual meeting: reports from officers and committee chairs, a proposed budget through 2020, nominations for officers and board members, bylaws, and a proposal to merge the LWV CNM operating fund into the education fund, resulting in a single 501(c)(3) entity.
March 2018 Contents include “Step inside the Albuquerque Journal Newsroom” with editor Karen Moses at the Luncheon Meeting, “Open Government in New Mexico” with reporter/FOG director Peter St Cyr at the NE Heights meeting, reminder of the April 8 Fundraiser, and more!
February 2018 Contents include “Investigative Journalism” at the Luncheon meeting, post-Legislature update, a League story, reminder of the Theatre Fundraiser, a book review of The Gatekeepers, and more!

La Palabra – the Quarterly Newsletter of LWV New Mexico

La Palabra comes out four times a year: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Issues can be found (PDF) on the League of Women Voters of New Mexico website.

Affiliated Organizations

Greater Las Cruces
Santa Fe County
Los Alamos
LWV New Mexico
LWV United States