The 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:
- Clearly demonstrate democracy at work.
- Be innovative and unique.
- Encourage active, informed citizenship within the community.
- Be nonpartisan.
- 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
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