The Voter - May 2018


  • Annual Meeting
  • New Braunfels Park Land Development Fees
  • Local Option for Hill Country Counties 
  • LWV Regional Workshop on County Authority
  • LWV-Texas State Convention



Roxanna Deane
Darlene HIcks
VP - Voters Service
Robin Engel  & Susan Herr
Betty Colley
Gloria Suarez Sasser
Director, Publicity
Jerrie Champlin


Janyth Frederickson

Membership Chair, Off Board

Bonnie Leitch
Chair, Nominating Committee
Lois Ricci

LWV is a non partisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. LWV never supports or opposes candidates for office, or political parties, but does take positions on issues based on member study
and consensus.

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Program Perspectives

LWV Texas public policy positions




Mark your Calendars


WHAT:     Annual Meeting of LWV-CA

WHEN:     Thursday, May 17: 6 - 8 pm

WHERE:    Unitarian Universalist of New Braunfels

                 135 Alves Lane, NB 


WHAT:     LWV-San Antonio Area: “Eminent Domain”

WHEN:     Monday, June 4: 6 - 8 pm

WHERE:   Central Library Auditorium, 600 Soledad, SA

Description: Who should be able to exercise eminent domain, and for what purposes? What are landowner rights in eminent domain disputes?  MORE INFORMATION


WHAT:     Local Option for Hill Country Counties

WHEN:     Tuesday, June 5: 6:30 to 8:30 pm

WHERE:    GVTC Auditorium, 36101 FM 3159, NB


WHAT:     LWV Regional Workshop on County Authority

WHEN:     Saturday, Aug. 4: 11 - 3 pm

WHERE:   Tye Preston Memorial Library,

                16311 South Access Road, Canyon Lake


From the President


Going to Convention and being surrounded  by so many smart people who are passionate about a variety of issues makes me so proud to be a member of the League of Women Voters.  People care about hazardous waste being transported across the state; about gerrymandered Congressional Districts;about a bail system that doesn't treat everyone equally, and much more.  They are willing to study an then take actions to make a difference.


Locally, our League is passionate about tackling the problems brought by the population growth of Comal County.  As you can see from the Calendar line-up, there are several opportunities to learn and to plan actions to take with the Legislature.


I look forward to seeing each member at the Annual Meeting.  This is the one time of the year, when we just take a moment to connect with each other and to remind ourselves of all we accomplished this year.  


I want you to welcome Grace Chimene, the newly elected President of LWV Texas.  Her energy and enthusiasm is contagious.  Come hear her plans to help all Leagues fight for democracy and work to make a difference in their communities.


 Annual Meeting

“Now I'm awake to the world. I was asleep before. That's how we let it happen.” Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

“The League is awake and is fighting for our democracy! “                                                        Grace Chimene, President LWV Texas

Come hear Grace Chimene discuss what’s ahead in our fight for democracy in Texas at the League's annual meeting and dinner  on May 17. 

A pediatric nurse practitioner, Chimene has served two terms on the LWVTX board. As child health issue chair, she advocated for Medicaid expansion and gun violence prevention. Chimene coordinated advocacy for LWVTX in the 85th Legislative Session and Special Session. In addition, she implemented new technology to further the League mission, improved advocacy with One Click Politics, and expanded online visibility with an updated website and a social media campaign on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. 

Explaining her vision  for the League as we approach our centennial year, Chimene wrote, “I will encourage Leagues to use all the tools and resources available to them in their work empowering voters and defending democracy. Share your innovative ideas with me and other leagues.  Surprise us with your ideas!  Update your Democracy tool list with new ideas,  new contacts, new partnerships and new technology.” 

The meeting will also include  membership votes on the proposed 2018-19 Budget and for new officers.  Brisket, chicken, tofu, coffee, tea and water will be  provided.  Dinner is $10 per person plus a side dish or dessert of your choice to share.  Contact Jerrie Champlin at 830-643-4657 or to register and let us know what you’ll be bringing.  Guests are welcome.
Jerrie Champlin


New Braunfels Park Land Dedication and  Development Fees Ordinance

NB City Council will take action May 14: 6 pm

How to acquire and develop additional parks for the residents of New Braunfels is still an open question for New Braunfels City Council to decide. The current ordinance on the table needs some significant changes in order to achieve its purpose of ensuring a current level of service for city parks as the population grows.
The second reading of the Park Land Dedication and Development Ordinance will be on May 14. There is still time for residents to tell City Council to fix this proposal now.  READ MORE

Local Option for Hill Country Counties


This is a public forum to consider the need for fast-growing counties in the Hill Country to have more control in unincorporated areas regarding incompatible land uses and other impacts of development.                                                                                                                                        Co-sponsored by LWV-Comal Area, Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance, and Preserve Our Hill Country Environment



LWV Regional Workshop

on County Authority



Our League has invited members of LWV-Hill Country, LWV-Austin Area, LWV-Hays County, and LWV-San Antonio to a workshop to explore introducing legislation in the 2019 Legislative Session regarding additional county authority for fast-growing counties.  All interested members are urged to attend. READ MORE



LWV-Texas State Convention


The League of Women Voters of the Comal Area (LWVCA) was recognized for “increasing membership and an outstanding land use study” by the League of Women Voters of Texas (LWVTX) at the state convention in Kerrville, April 27-29, 2018.


New Braunfels resident and LWVTX 2016-2018 Director Connie Born was elected as a 2018-2020 LWVTX Vice President. Sequin resident and LWVCA Treasurer Gloria Suarez Sasser was elected to the 2020 Texas Nominating Committee.


Speaking to the convention, LWVCA President Roxanna Deane described Comal’s collaboration and cooperation with other community organizations as the outstanding achievement of the group this past year. Two examples Deane pinpointed were registering 18 year olds to vote in cooperation with the Comal Independent School District, and co-sponsoring meetings with the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance and the Hill Country Alliance and forming the Comal County Preservation Alliance to address land use issues in the County.

Jerrie Champlin




Contact our President:
Roxanna Deane, 830-935-4635 or


Send dues of $60 per person or $90 per household to:
LWV-Comal Area, P.O. Box 311324, New Braunfels, TX 78131-1324.
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