The Voter
November 2019 Newsletter




Wednesday, November 6

Lori Hershey

Duval County Public School Board Chairwoman, District 7

The Honorable Lori Hershey is a champion for students and public education. Ms. Hershey is an educator at heart and a former middle school teacher who is certified in Critical Thinking Strategies and Instructional Design by the National Institute for Teaching Thinking. She has been recognized as an Emerging Leader by the Florida School Board Association.

Ms. Hershey is a leader with the Florida School Board Association serving on several committees and the Board of Directors. Ms. Hershey’s commitment to public education extends to the national level where she serves on the Board of Directors for the Council of Great City Schools.  

A graduate of Stetson University, Ms. Hershey is a true lifelong learner. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree and is currently working on a doctoral degree. Ms. Hershey lives in Mandarin with her husband Scott, and all four of their children are graduates of Duval County Public Schools.

Where: Season's 52 at the St. Johns Town Center, 5096 Big Island Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32246

When: Wednesday, November 6, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

RSVP Required no later than October 30 to Nora Manahan: or (904) 476-6443

Cost: $20 cash or check only, please

Reserve your seat today, and please forward this newsletter to friends.  


Thursday, October 31
FSCJ - South Campus Fall Festival 
Wednesday, November 6
Generation WOW at UNF Campus
Thursday, November 7
Friday, November 8
Friday, November 15
Naturalization Ceremonies at USCIS offices
Every month, we work with the USCIS to help register new voters as soon as they become citizens (near JTB & I-95). 
If you’re interested in becoming certified or want to learn more, please contact Dianne Main at

Time is Drawing Near for Ban Assault Weapons Petition Gathering 

With just over 60 days remaining in the calendar year, the window of opportunity to gather signed petitions in support of the Ban Assault Weapons Now (BAWN) campaign is growing short.  Our League has not yet met our commitment of 3,000 signed petitions.
If you have not already done so consider going to the BAWN website to download, print, sign, and mail a petition in support of BAWN.

If you still have the two-sided yellow petition form, please turn in the signed ones and discard any remaining copies.  The new petition form can be downloaded at the BAWN site or you can obtain them from Lanelle Phillmon at or 904-382-4478.

Save the Date for our Centennial Celebration!

Our League will host a Centennial Celebration February 15, 2020, at 1:00 pm at the Adam W. Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224.
Our theme is Creating a More Perfect Democracy, and our guest speaker is Cecile Scoon. Cecile is a civil rights attorney who works to protect the rights of those wronged at work due to their race, religion, age, disability, place of birth, or unwanted sexual advances. She is also the First Vice Chair League of Women Voters Florida, President of the Bay County League of Women Voters, and has spearheaded the League’s work on Amendment 4 and the restoration of voting rights for returning citizens.
Tickets will be available online in the near future. League members will have an opportunity to purchase tickets before they are made available to non-members.

Centennial Committee Meeting

Our Centennial Celebration Committee still has much work to do and is in need of volunteers who can conduct online and in-person research of the past 100 years of the national, state, and local League. If you are interested in supporting this committee, RSVP no later than October 26 to Lanelle Phillmon at, as our next meeting is Sunday, October 27, 2019, 1:30 pm at the Southeast Regional Library, Room E.

Volunteers Needed to Keep Your League Informed 

  • Do you have an hour or two once a month to help us make phone calls to members about upcoming events? 
  • Do you have an hour each month to help deliver flyers to your local library or college student union?   
  • Would you be interested in attending a city council meeting or committee hearing once or twice a month? 
  • Do you have time to listen in on state webinars or conference calls and provide feedback to the board?
Quite often, our League needs volunteers to help with small tasks that are not time consuming but vital to our leadership and membership. 
If you are willing to volunteer for any of these opportunities, contact Lanelle at to discuss topics and abilities.  

League Lobby Days Are Just Around the Corner

The League of Women Voters will be hosting Lobby Days in Tallahassee February 4 and 5, 2020. This is an opportunity to meet with fellow League members from across the state, receive lobby training, get an update on League bills and issues and visit with your legislator.

The agenda for next year’s Lobby Days has not yet been announced but if interested, keep an eye on the LWV Florida website.


Stay up-to-date on all local Upcoming Events on the League of Women Voters Jacksonville / First Coast website.

For statewide news and action items, visit the LWV Florida Blog

The Regional Facebook Group, LWV Florida North Region Leagues, includes Alachua, Bay, Jacksonville/First Coast, Okaloosa & Walton, Pensacola Bay Area, and Tallahassee.



You can make contact with our League in any of the following ways:

Phone: 904-355-8683


Facebook: League of Women Voters Jacksonville First Coast

We look forward to hearing from you!


Voter Registration—1,382 Voters in 2019

Our league works continuously to:
  • engage local citizens in registering to vote,
  • ensure their voter information is current, and
  • create awareness about the registration requirements for returning citizens.
We have registered 1,382 voters in 2019.

Our volunteers had a busy day at the River City Pride Festival on October 6 (pictured above). They registered 13 Voters and collected 61 Open Primary petitions and 147 BAWN petitions. Thank you for braving the windy conditions and making this a successful event.

Healthcare Committee Report

Mary McLaughlin, Chairperson

Our committee’s most recent meeting was after the October general luncheon meeting at Seasons 52. Those in attendance had an opportunity to further discuss Medicaid Expansion issues with Dr. Jennifer Cowart, the luncheon speaker, including ways to support it in Florida. Contacting our local legislator representatives is the primary way at this time.

Connie Pegram and Mary McLaughlin participated in the LWVFL Healthcare monthly conference call at which guest presenters spoke on the need for passing this year the bills RE: Dental Therapists, which LWVFL supported last year and will be reviewing to determine their support this year.

Mary McLaughlin has also put the legislative liaison for Florida’s Association for Physician Assistants in contact with the liaison for the LWVFL Healthcare Committee to see whether LWVFL would consider supporting SB 972/HB821 RE: PAs and ARNPs to practice autonomously, if these bills are to be resubmitted in 2020.

More information on the healthcare bills we are tracking is available here.

Education Committee Report

Kathleen Kane, Chairperson

The LWVJFC Education Committee’s mission is to educate citizens about local, state, and federal public education legislation and policies. Team members actively advocate for passage of legislation that supports Section 1: Article 9: Public Education of the Florida State Constitution.

Issues we are tracking include:
  • The Proposed Sales Tax Referendum, the Duval County School Board's resolution to ask voters for the 1/2 Penny Sales Tax
  • Representative Jason Fisher’s Education Local Bill J-1, a local bill “amending chapter 92-341, Laws of Florida, to provide that members of the Duval County School Board be appointed by the Mayor.” Citizens concerned about Duval County changing to an elected Superintendent of Schools are encouraged to call, write, or e-mail their state legislators before November 1.
  • Ten 2020 State Legislative Education Bills, which are listed here
For more information about this committee or local education priorities, e-mail Kathleen at


September Luncheon

Pictured above: Sandy Martin, Karen Parish, Dr. Jennifer Cowart, Lanelle Phillmon.
Dr. Jennifer Cowart provided us with an in-depth and easily comprehensible presentation on Medicaid Expansion in Florida during our September luncheon.
Several key takeaways from her presentation if Medicaid Expansion were passed in Florida:
  • Medicaid Expansion would significantly reduce the number of adult Floridians without health care coverage.  Projects for 2019:
    • 884,000 Floridians would gain coverage
    • 29% reduction in the number of uninsured Floridians
  • Medicaid Expansion Helps State Economies
    • Protects rural hospitals from closure
    • Increases jobs (31k in Colorado, 40k in Kentucky)
    • In Ohio, expansion Medicaid enrollees report having Medicaid made finding work easier
    • “No studies have found negative effects of expansion on employment or employee behavior.”
Dr. Cowart did an excellent job of dispelling the myths and setting the record straight for Medicaid Expansion. 


We can't do it without you! Please join in recognizing our new and returning members from October.

New Members—Welcome aboard!

Chen Oeur
Nakry Oeur
Shari Augins
Faye Wood
Kathleen Monahan
James Monahan
Lauretta Gaylord
Harry Gaylord
Hannah Vanover

Returning Members—Thank you so much for choosing to renew!

Janet Perry
Billie Hayward
David Campbell
Lynne Campbell
Emily Ray
Marianna Kane
Nora Manahan
Don Manahan
Kay McKenna

Please email if your name was missed.
Please use this address regardless of any forms or documents to the contrary.

League of Women Voters Jacksonville First Coast
PO Box 330353
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233


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