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LWVTV sponsors Local Candidates Forum

6:30PM Friday, Sept. 20th FNSB Assembly Chambers


The local election will be held on October 1, 2019. Be informed, watch and listen to the candidates live at the FNSB Assembly Chambers on Friday, Sept. 20.

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Tune in to KUAC 89.9 FM for live coverage of the event!

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) - Upcoming LWVUS webinars

Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to LWV's current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communites and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy.


Register to attend LWV webinars on DEI


June 27, 2019

July 25, 2019

August 29, 2019: Register

September 26, 2019: Register


Check out other League resources on DEI


Image attribution:  Equity, diversity inclusion by quinn.anya licensed under CC BY-SA-20

LWVTV supports an FNSB Climate Change Task Force

"Copper River Delta, Alaska" by GRIDArendal is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

LWVTV co-president Sue Sherif read the following at the FNSB Assembly meeting held on July 25, 2019, in support of establishing an FNSB climate change task force. It is based on local, state and national LWV positions. The resolution passed.


July 25, 2019


Assembly Members

Fairbanks North Star Borough

907 Terminal St.

Fairbanks AK 99701


Dear Assembly Members:


The League of Women Voters of the Tanana Valley is a nonpartisan organization that has provided voter education and voter registration services in Fairbanks for 55 years.  We do not support candidates for office; but, after a process of study and consensus, we do adopt and advocate for positions on public issues.


Our position on climate science underlies the League’s strong support for Resolution 2019-29 as presented by Assembly members Sanford and Williams. Alaskans across the state are already grappling with repercussions of climatic shifts. The proposed commission and the items of focus and action outlined in lines 45–52 are both practical and specific. And the partnerships outlined in the resolution will be necessary to create a plan leading to concrete actions. 


This matter is both important and it is urgent.  While our geographic location amplifies the effects of climate change, that same location tends to temporarily isolate us from the economic transformations underway in the energy transition. Falling costs of renewables and storage and the ever more obvious costs of fossil fuel combustion are accelerating economic shifts that will affect our households, businesses and city halls.  A sober appreciation of the risks we face is the first step toward identifying and bringing into existence the many opportunities for profitability and sustainability in our local economy, municipal revenues and household budgets.


The LWVTV strongly supports the adoption of Resolution 2019-29.




Sue Sherif                               Mary Lee Guthrie

Co-Presidents, LWVTV

LWVTV Marches at Golden Days Parade

League members (some dressed as Suffragettes) marched with the Clerk's Office urging citizens to VOTE. We were also honoring the centennial of women's right to vote and League's 100th birthday.

Get out the Vote on the 4th of July

LWVTV was at Pioneer Park on the 4th of July, 2019,  to register voters, help voters change addresses and provide information on the dates and deadlines for the  2019 upcoming elections.


Thanks to Linda Witt for organizing this event once again!

Candidate Open House & How to Run for Public Office

~~~ June 29, 2019  ~~~  FNSB Assembly Chambers ~~~ 9:00 AM - Noon

 Presented by FNSB, City of Fairbanks, City of North Pole & League of Women Voters of Tanana Valley

Juneteenth Celebration - June 15, 2019

Celebrate Freedom Day from Noon - 5:00 PM.


Freedom Day commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas.


LWVTV registered voters and answered questions about our right to vote.


Bernice Allridge Park is located at 2250 Wilson Street.







February 18, 2019

JPJones Community Center
2400 Rickert St.


The League of Women Voters of Tanana Valley and the Fairbanks Branch of the American Association of University Women are working to schedule a public presentation on this troubling topic. Fairbanks and Alaska have not escaped this serious affront to human rights. 

A Conversation on Redistricting with Michael Walleri


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

6:00 PM

IBEW Multipurpose Room


About thirty members and guests gathered to learn about the purpose of redistricing and reapportionment and the history and process of redistricting in Alaska. Redistricting will follow the 2020 census and Mr. Walleri spoke on the importance of the census and census challenges in Alaska.  Prior to the "line drawing" led by a Redistricting Board, there will be a Redistricting Planning Committee that works to compile and prepare information necessary for the work, secure office space/staff and technology/software to aid in the redistricting process. Mr. Walleri talked about the difficulties facing the Board given Alaska's unevenly distributed population, cultural landscape and varied socio-economic foundations. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Opportunities on Jan. 18, 19 and 21, 2019


The King Holiday Bill was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on Nov. 2, 1983. It took until 2000 for the last state to sign a bill recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday. 

Several LWVTV members attended the Community Celebration.



In honor of Martin Luther King Jr, the Alaska  Bar Association answered legal questions for free on MLK Day (1/21/19) in communities across Alaska. These clinics were for low income Alaskans with civil legal needs that include family,  landlord-tenant, and public benefits issues. This clinic is a public service project of the Alaska Bar Association, Alaska Court System, Alaska Legal Services Corporation, and Alaska Public Media in partnership with local bar associations.

JP Jones Community Development Center
2400 Rickert St.
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Election 2018 Results


Election:  Tuesday, November 6, 2018


Division of Elections


LWVTV members offered voting opportunities for folks at the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Pioneer Home during the Alaska state election.

LWVTV assisted voters at the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and the Pioneer Home during the Oct. 2 Municipal Election

LWVTV part of Naturalization Ceremony


We registered 23 new citizens on Sept. 28 at the Morris Thompson Cultural Center following the always moving Naturalizaion Ceremony.


Linda Witt led our group along with Shari George, Sue McHenry and Janna Miller. Thanks to Carol Ann Varner for organizing our participation.



Municipal Candidates Forum


Elections impact every aspect of our lives, and we all need to weigh in. We are all equal at the ballot box, but only if we vote. LWVTV engages our community every year ensuring we offer information that voters need to participate in elections that determine the future of our community.


Join the conversation on:


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

7:00 - 9:00 PM at the

FNSB Assembly Chambers


Book Club ~ Sept. 8, 2018 - July 13, 2019

  • September 8, 2018 – The Soul of America: the battle for our better angels by Jon Meacham
  • October 13, 2018 – The Road to Character by David Brooks
  • November 10, 2018 – The Woman Who Smashed Codes: a true story of love, spies, and the unlikely heroine who outwitted America’s enemies by Jason Fagone
  • January 12, 2019 – In the Garden of Beasts: love, terror, and an American family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson
  • February 9, 2019 – The Hidden Brain: how our unconscious minds elect presidents, control markets, wage wars, and save our lives by Shankar Vedantan
  • March 9, 2019 – Educated: a memoir by Tara Westover
  • April 13, 2019 – How to Think: a survival guide for a world at odds by Alan Jacobs
  • May 11, 2019 – Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner?: a story about women and economics by Katrine Marcal
  • June 8, 2019 – selection of titles for September 2019 – July 2020
  • July 13, 2019 – A Cool and Lonely Courage: the untold story of sister spies in occupied France by Susan Ottaway

Primary Candidate Forum

August 17, 2018 ~~ 6:30 - 9:00 PM

FNSB Assembly Chambers


The League of Women Voters of Tanana Valley hosted a candidate forum at 6:30PM on Friday, August 17th in the FNSB Assembly Chambers for the upcoming Alaska Primary Races. Candidates from the US representative race, state house districts 1-6 and state senate seat A were represented.


For more than 50 years, local voters have looked to our League for unbiased, straightforward information about the election. Many voters rely on our forums to learn more about candidates and candidates have come to rely on our forums to get their message out to the electorate.


LWVTV was at the Tanana Valley State Fair.

August 3 - 11, 2018.


Open House ~~ Running for Local Public Office

July 7, 2018 ~~ 10am - Noon ~~ FNSB Assembly Chambers


Thinking of running for FNSB Assemby, FNSB Mayor, North Pole Assembly, North Pole Mayor, School Board, IGU Board?


LWVTV supported the Clerks from FNSB, City of Fairbanks and City of North Pole who were available to answer questions from prospective candidates. 

Juneteenth Citywide Celebration

June 16, 2018

10:00am - 7:00pm

Bernice Allridge Park

2250 Wilson St.


LWVTV registered voters and let participants know about the League's work making democracy work.


Juneteenth or Freedom Day, commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas. Congress recognized the day through Senate Joint Resolution 11 and House Joint Resolution 56 in 1997.


LWVTV Annual Meeting - May 19, 2018


President - Rebecca Heaton

Vice President - Sue Sherif

Treasurer - Jean James

Secretary - Clare Hill

Past President - Shari George



Board of Directors

Mary Lee Guthrie

Helenmarie Matesi

Gael Murakami

Sylvia Slotnick

A Workshop on How to Run for Public Office was offered on May 16, 2018, at the Fairbanks City Council Chambers. The workshop was a collaboration with the FNSB, City of Fairbanks and City of North Pole clerks and took advantage of material created by the LWV of Juneau. LWVTV members Mary Lee Guthrie, Rebecca Heaton, Sue Sherif and Phyllis Tugman-Alexander led the charge on this event which was well-received and well-attended.

See the FNSB Mayor's presentation and the results of the realtime polling done at the Sandbox 2.0 group meetings held February 12 at Pioneer Park. See the results of the Hays Research poll of FNSB residents during January 25 - 28, 2018.


Study Gunnar Knapp's Reflections on Alaska Fiscal Facts and Choices

30th Alaska Legislature


Second Regular Session

January 16, 2018 - May 13, 2018



First Regular Session:  January 17, 2017 - May 17, 2017

First Special Session:  May 18, 2017 - June 16, 2017

Second Special Session:  June 16, 2017 - July 15. 2017

Third Special Session:  July 27, 2017 - July 27, 2017

Fourth Special Session:  Oct. 23 - Nov. 21, 2017

Second Regular Session:  January 16, 2018 - May 13, 2018


LWVAK Annual Convention ~ April 28-29, 2018

Tanana Valley members Shari George, Mary Lee Guthrie, Rebecca Heaton, Helenmarie Matesi and Phyllis Tugman-Alexander joined others from Anchorage, Juneau and the Kenai Peninsula. Members conducted League business, enjoyed an excellent presentation by the Division of Elections and  learned about climate change on the Kenai. There was also time for reconnecting with League members from across the state at a pre-convention dinner and social evening.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Walk - April 25, 2018


Several League members joined in the walk that started at Fairbanks Native Association Community Services and ended at Golden Heart Plaza. Outreach tables and community information were at the end of the walk.

March for Our Lives Alaska


A rally at Golden Heart Plaza on March 24, 2018, highlighted the theme:  How Gun Violence affects Our Marginalized Communities. A number of LWVTV members attended the March and Teach-In.


 February 14, 2018


League's 98th Anniversary


“Ninety-eight years after the League’s founding, members of the League in the Tanana Valley are proud of the great progress it has made empowering voters and defending our democracy,” said Rebecca George Heaton president of the League of Women Voters of Tanana Valley “The League in Fairbanks has involved thousands of voters in electing government decision makers for our state government and in holding them accountable for their actions.”

Enjoy the complete press release prepared by our president, Rebecca George Heaton.
League of Women Voters of Tanana Valley [...]
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LWVTV is a Golden Heart Meeting Ambassador

Along with 28 other local groups that led events during 2017, LWVTV was honored by Explore Fairbanks as a Golden Heart Meeting Ambassador for hosting last year's LWVAK Annual Convention.  Explore Fairbanks estimates that the Convention brought in more than $10,000 to Fairbanks! Shari George and Mary Lee Guthrie were on-hand to receive the award at a reception and dinner held at Raven Landing on February 7, 2018.

Women's March January 20, 2018 Golden Heart Plaza

About 450 women, men, children and pets marched for an hour in downtown Fairbanks. It was cold and breezy but the crowd kept up their enthusiasm with clever signs, chants and camaraderie. We were treated to Native drummers and protest music from the past. This year's event focussed on continuing to inspire the momentum we've seen in the past year here in Fairbanks politically. The March was followed by a short rally at Golden Heart Plaza at which our local president, Rebecca Heaton, gave an impassioned talk urging us to address the perils to our country of gerrymandering and bolster our democracy by voting.


LWVTV and other groups gathered to educate voters and encourage them to wake up, speak up and get involved. The Hub hosted tables for local nonprofits like ours including AAUW and FAF to share our work and provide participants a place to warm up.  

Recommended 2017 Program Plan
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State Board Members

Judy Andree, President
(Juneau) 2020

Sue Sherif, Vice-President
(Tanana Valley) 2020

Carol Dickason, Secretary
(Anchorage) 2020

Shirley Pittz, Treasurer
(Anchorage) 2021
Pat Redmond, Past-President
(Anchorage) 2020


Hetty Barthel
(Juneau) 2020

Mary Lee Guthrie
(Tanana Valley) 2021

Diane Mathisen

(Anchorage) 2020

Marianne Mills

(Juneau) 2020

Cathleen Rolph

(Central Kenai Peninsula) 2021

Local League Presidents

Margaret McDonagh

(President, - LWV of Anchorage) 2020

Lois Pillifant
(President,  Central Kenai Peninsula League of Women Voters) 2020

Sue Sherif & Mary Lee Guthrie
(Co-Presidents, LWV of Tanana Valley) 2020

Karen Crane

(President, LWV of Juneau) 2020

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