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Send it to LWV BHB Treasurer Marcia Buttgen, 

1510 Lyon Ave,

Waterloo, IA 50702

(319) 230-4541 

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Dr. Deborah Turner was elected as the 20th president of the board of the League of Women Voters of the United States at our June convention. She has roots in Iowa but lives in Nebraska.  Dr. Turner told more than two thousand League members in her Convention remarks. “The League is at the intersection of democracy, social justice, and civil rights and it is through that lens that we seek to advance voting rights in this country.”  

Welcome to the website of  The League of Women Voters of Black Hawk-Bremer Counties  (LWV BHB)

Our League

LOOKING FOR THE BLACK HAWK OR BREMER COUNTY DIRECTORY OF ELECTED OFFICIALS? THE FILES ARE LINKED ON THIS PAGE. YOU'RE WELCOME TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT. We've already distributed hundreds of copies throughout our two counties at courthouses, libraries, and other public spaces.

All League events are listed on this web's Events Calendar page. We also create events on our Facebook page.


2023 Annual Meeting

Community Foundation of NE Iowa

Tuesday, May 9, 6:00-8:30 pm

Cost $25—pay at the door

Meal at 6:30

Business meeting at 7:00

Speaker, Sheritta Stokes, Co-Director/Curriculum Coordinator, 

1619 Freedom School, Waterloo.


Buffet meal catered by Bryan Sink of Bryan’s Blue Plate. 

- Chicken

- Green Beans

- Mixed salad lightly dressed

- Rough mashed potatoes

- Apple Crisp


This is our Annual Meeting, with a business meeting, but please join us if you're interested in learning more about the League.

RSVP to Cherie,

Mark your calendars!       

The Legislative forum dates for 2023 will be:

Friday afternoons at the Van G Miller Adult Ed Center, 120 Jefferson, downtown Waterloo

January 20, 4:30-6:30 (Education)

February 17, 4:30-6:30 (Budget Priorities)

March 3, 4:30-6:30        (Health Care)

March 24, 4:30-6:30 (Mental Health)

April 14, 4:30-6:30 (Environment)

(We will do at least one more forum, once the session wraps up)

Here are the League's Public Policy Priorities.

Want your own copy? Download the PDF here.


We had fun at the Second Annual Voter Ready Rally at the Brothaz Barbershop. Mayor Hart came by to say hello to Miss Willie Mae. Sharon and I had to pose with our terrific new Wheel of Voting. The poster, below, and Mayor Hart with Sharon Silva who worked with the Brothaz on organizing the event.

The Second Annual Block Party at the Brothaz Barbershop. 

Please note that the link for the Cedar Valley Public Legislation Forums Facebook page is here, 

If you can't join us face to face, you can watch online and ask questions on Facebook. Each event will be recorded and available on Facebook as well as YouTube.

Here is a list of the new voting laws, organized in a Question/Answer format.

Are you registered to vote in Iowa? 

Use your smartphone to open the online voter registration form

2. Open the app and hold your phone to capture the QR code

3. The QR code opens the URL (web address), click it to open Voter Registration form on the Iowa DOT web site. Fill out your voter registration!

Thank you!

Thank you to Jean Seeland for all of her hard work making these arrangements. Remember that League is ONLY one of several dozen organizations sponsoring the Forum.

Thanks to our Legislators, our Moderators, and Jerry Hageman for serving as Timekeeper--and to those who attended the forums and asked questions.

Follow the Cedar Valley Legislative Forums on Facebook; we post Facebook Live sessions there.

Did you miss the Forum? You can watch it on Facebook Live, posted at this special Facebook page for the Forums. 

Thanks go to Mike Dargan for doing this! He recorded all of our sessions.

Directories of Elected Officials for Black Hawk and Bremer County.

Feel free to download and print for yourself. Otherwise, copies have been distributed throughout the two Counties. (Black Hawk County)  (Bremer County)

Who is invited to the Forums?  Updated, with redistricting, Feb. 2023

ALL Area Legislators are welcome--letters are sent to them, inviting them to participate.   Who normally attends? Their names are flagged in blue.


State Senators

District 27: Annette Sweeney

District 29: Sandy Salmon

District 31: Bill Dotzler

District 34: Dan Zumbach

District 38: Eric Giddens

State Representatives

District 54: Joshua Meggers

District 57: Pat Grassley

District 58: Charley Thomson

District 61: Timi Brown Powers

District 62: Jerome Amos, Jr.

District 68: Chad Ingels

District 75: Bob Kressig

District 76: Derek Wulf

Emails may be sent using this form:

for example:

Who Sponsors the Cedar Valley Legislative Forums? 

AAUW Cedar Falls-Waterloo, AFSCME, ARC, American Democracy Project, Black Hawk Area Assembly, Black Hawk County Democrats, Black Hawk County Farm Bureau, Black Hawk County Board of Health, Black Hawk County ISU Extension & Outreach, Cedar Falls Education Association, Cedar Falls Educational Support Professionals, Cedar Valley Jaycees, Cedar Valley United Nations Association, Cedar Prairie Group—Sierra Club, CWA Local 7108, Department of Correctional Services, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber, Hawkeye Community College, Hawkeye UniServe Unit/ISEA, International Brotherhood Electrical Workers Local Union 288, Northeast Iowa Area Agencies on Aging, League of Women Voters of Black Hawk and Bremer Counties, Main Street Cedar Falls, NAACP-Black Hawk County Branch, Waterloo Education Association, Waterloo Educational Support Personnel, and YWCA--Black Hawk County.

Who Coordinates the Forums?  

It takes a lot of work to put together all of the details. Thank you to Jean Seeland for her hard work! Others, such as Pat Harper, Pat Sass, and Jerry Hageman have also helped.

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Want to research the issues and candidates? 

There is also an easy to use APP.   Check it out.

Last updated  May 5, 2023                              319 455-6722

Cherie Dargan, Webmaster