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August 4, 2013

Leelanau League recognized

TRAVERSE CITY — There’s a new league of women voters in the Grand Traverse region.

The League of Women Voters Leelanau County was formally recognized by the national League last month. The Leelanau League previously existed as a unit of the League of Women Voters of the Grand Traverse Area.

“We are very different geographically from Grand Traverse County and we have different elected representatives,” said Vina Mikesell, president of the Leelanau County League. “We have different issues than that league did.”

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that fosters informed political participation through education about candidates and public policy issues.

The new Leelanau County League’s 80 members represent about one-half of the group that comprised the Grand Traverse Area League. Mary Grover, a member and spokeswoman for the Grand Traverse Area League, said there’s no ill-will over the split.

“We’re delighted,” Grover said. “They have been so successful in recruiting members from Leelanau County.”

Leelanau County League members will hold a celebratory potluck picnic at Northport’s Marina Park on Aug. 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. The Leelanau County League will hold monthly meetings at noon on the first Wednesday of each month from September through June at the Leelanau County Government Center.

This November’s election falls on an off-year with few candidates and initiates expected on the ballot, but Mikesell said League members will be ready to go for the 2014 mid-term election cycle.

“By next summer we will be in full swing providing candidate forums and issues forums,” she said.

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