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Making Democracy Work AwardThe Johnson County League of Women Voters invites you to nominate an outstanding community member for our 2019 Making Democracy Work Award. The League created the award in 2008 as a way to recognize and celebrate citizens who demonstrate committed, visionary leadership that strengthens our democracy.

Criteria for an honoree’s work or action must:

  1. Clearly demonstrate democracy at work.
  2. Be innovative and unique.
  3. Encourage active, informed citizenship within the community.
  4. Be nonpartisan.
  5. Be able to be replicated.

Nominations are open to any individual, including members. You may nominate yourself or someone else in the community you think deserving of consideration.

Nomination deadline: April 1, 2019

Two ways to submit nominations:

Fill out this online nomination form

Fill out this Word document and email it to Diane Kuhn.

This year’s honoree will be recognized at our meeting on May 4, 2019.


Past recipients of the Making Democracy Work award:

  • 2008: Carol Sader, former Kansas State Representative
  • 2009: Ruth Hopkins, Prairie Village city council member
  • 2010:  Congressman Dennis Moore, Kansas 3rd District
  • 2011:  Annabeth Surbaugh, former chair Board of County Commissioners
  • 2012:  Dolores Furtado, Ph.D., former Kansas State Representative
  • 2013:  John Vratil, retired member of the Kansas Senate
  • 2014:  Brian Newby, Johnson County Election Commissioner
  • 2015:  Ed Peterson, former Johnson County Commissioner
  • 2016:  Dave Helling, Kansas City Star columnist and editorial writer
  • 2017:  Tracy Fuller Forbush, Citizen Program Manager at Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas