Making Democracy Work

Making Democracy Work

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
The League of Women Voters West Contra Costa County Wants you! For information about how to become a member contact us at

Candidate Forums

Here is a list of upcoming Candidate Forums Moderated by the League of Women Voters of West Contra Costa County

Host:Richmond Neighborhood Coordinating Council Date: Monday, Sept 29 Time: 5:30pm Location: Richmond City Council Chambers Moderator: TBA

  • This forum will be featured on KCRT

Host: West Contra Costa Unified School District Date: Tues, Sept. 23 Time: 6:30pm- 8:00pm Location: De Anza High School, 5000 Valley View Rd, El Sobrante Moderator: TBA

Host: West Contra Costa Unified School District Date: Tues, Oct. 7 Time: 6:30pm- 8:00pm Location: El Cerrito High, 540 Ashbury Ave, El Cerrito Moderator: TBA

Host: West Contra Costa Unified School District Date: Monday, Oct. 20 Time: 6:30pm- 8:00pm Location: Richmond High, 1250 23rd St. Richmond Moderator: Jackie Coulter+Pebbles

LWV of West Contra Costa County Installs New Officers

The League of Women Voters West Contra Costa County held its annual meeting recently where it announced newly elected board members.

Kia Croom was elected president. She is as the first-ever African-American and youngest president elect in the history of the league.

Croom is an Oakland native who works as Community Relations Director at the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program. A published free-lance journalist, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a Master of Science in Public Administration.

She is joined by Erwin Reeves, treasurer; Rita Xavier, secretary; and Gabriel Quinto, second vice president.

The annual meeting featured a keynote address by former Assemblymember Robert Bob Campbell.

Among those who attended the event were Tony Thurmond, candidate for Assembly District 15; John Gioia, District 1 Supervisor of Contra Costa County; Nat Bates, Richmond City Council member; league member, Lesa R. McIntosh, board member East Bay Municipal Utility District; and Jael Myrick, Richmond City Councilmember.

Hutchison Appointed President League of Women Voters CA

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Helen Hutchison is the new President of the League of Women Voters of California and the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund.

She will serve a one-year term to fight for voting rights, responsible public policy, and to lead the charge in providing accessible, nonpartisan election information to all Californians.

"I am thrilled to lead our grassroots members and supporters in the fight for voting rights and will remain steadfast in our commitment to providing nonpartisan election information for California's diverse population," Hutchison said. "We will continue to work hard for smart and responsible public policy to make our Golden State a fair and vibrant place for us all," she added.

Hutchison is an Oakland native.

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