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Making Democracy Work Award

The Johnson County League of Women Voters invites you to nominate an outstanding community member for our 2020 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.

2019 Awards

At the annual meeting on May 4, 2019, LWVJoCo presented two ‘Making Democracy Work’ awards.

Lindsey Constance and Mike Kelly

Lindsey Constance and Mike Kelly

The first award honored Mike Kelly, Roeland Park mayor and Lindsey Constance of Shawnee City Council for their leadership
in addressing climate change at the local level. Their Metro KC Climate Action Coalition includes elected officials from many area municipalities and 14 partner organizations, including LWVJoCo.



Rachel Serna and Lauren Langhofer

Rachel Serna and Lauren Langhofer

The second ‘Making Democracy Work’ award honored Rosehill Elementary School teachers Meghan Spalding, Lauren Langhofer and Rachel Serna for creating curriculum for third-grade students to foster civic engagement. Students learned how local government works. The students discussed what makes a good citizen and ways to make their community better.







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
  • 2019: Mike Kelly, Roeland Park Mayor and Lindsey Constance, Shawnee City Council Member
    2019: Rosehill School Third-Grade teachers Meghan Spalding. Lauren Langhofer and Rachel Serna