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Local League to Host Candidate Forums, Other Election Resources

August 19, 2020

Dear Editor,

This letter is in response to Robert Koronovet’s follow up letter to the editor published August 13th regarding his support for the League of Women Voters of Santa Monica producing candidates’ forums for our coming local elections.

I once again appreciate the opportunity that Mr. Koronovet has given us to inform our community about the free, nonpartisan election resources we provide.

He is correct that unfortunately, as a result of the economic impact from the global pandemic we are still experiencing, the City of Santa Monica significantly reduced funding for CityTV.

CityTV has been a valuable partner of our League since 1996 and while we are disappointed that we will not be able to work with them to provide election programming this year, we will be partnering with other nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations in our community to put on candidates’ forums for all of the contested races that will be on Santa Monica voters’ November ballots.

At the Candidates Online Workshop held on July 13, Santa Monica City Clerk Denise Anderson specifically informed potential candidates that the League of Women Voters of Santa Monica Education Fund would be providing candidate forums and other election-related services.

We are in the process of planning these forums and will be reaching out to all qualified candidates to invite them to each elected bodies’ respective forum.

In addition to these forums, another excellent resource for candidates and voters is VotersEdge.org.

VotersEdge is a joint project of MapLight and the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (LWVCEF). Voter’s Edge California is a comprehensive, nonpartisan online guide to elections covering federal, state, and local races in the state of California.

The League has dedicated volunteers who will be reaching out to all qualified candidates with instructions on how to add their information into VotersEdge.

We are passionate about Making Democracy Work and look forward to continuing to be a valuable resource for our community.

Natalya Zernitskaya
President, League of Women Voters of Santa Monica


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