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July League of Women Voters Panel Features David Testerman, Jeannine Alday, Pam Ladd

From a media release:

The Chattanooga members-at-large Unit of the League of Women Voters of Tennessee (LWVTN) will continue its schedule of programs on Monday, July 20, with a panel discussion of the League’s Observer Corps, a group of League members who attend governmental meetings, note what happens, and report back to the League and community.

Panelists include Hamilton County School Board Member David Testerman, Jeannine Alday, former chief of staff to County Mayors Ramsey and Coppinger, and Pam Ladd, former Chattanooga City Councilwoman.

“Those familiar with Chattanooga/Hamilton County’s three elected bodies will describe the role of each and give their views of how observers should relate to those bodies. Open meetings will likely be mentioned,” said Joan Hamner, president of the Chattanooga MAL unit.

As noted on the website of the League of Women Voters of Nashville: “Observer programs are a structured way for individuals to exercise their right to know. By attending public meetings of local governmental bodies and agencies, observers learn more about what their government is doing. They learn about the issues facing their community and are empowered to take action, if warranted. They also learn how issues are being addressed. Through the process, their presence encourages more transparent and accountable government.”

Interested individuals do not have to have to be LWV members to attend the program. However, the local unit is continuing to recruit members, and applications will be available at the meeting.

The monthly meetings of the LWV are now being held on the third Monday of each month in the Training Room of the Business Development Center. Please park in the Renaissance Park parking lot across the street or use street parking, not the BDC’s lot.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization, open to both men and women, encouraging informed and active participation in government. For more information about the League of Women Voters, visit www.lwvtn.org.