Candidate & Ballot Issue Forums



League of Women Voters of Columbia-Boone County
and the Columbia Public Library
Candidate and Ballot Issue Forums
In preparation for the November 6, 2018 Election

All will be held at the Columbia Public Library Friends Room

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
6:30 p.m. (refreshments at 6:00 p.m.)
Contested State Representative races in Boone County
Districts 44, 46, 47, and 50

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
6:30 p.m. (refreshments at 6:00 p.m.)
Boone County officials
13th Circuit judges
Boone County Presiding Commissioner

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
6:30 p.m. (refreshments at 6:00 p.m.)
The Ballot Issues Forum

All forums are free and open to the public.


Here is a link to our Voter Guide and other information related to the November 6 election:

LWVCBC Voter Guide November 6, 2018

November 6, 2018 Statewide Ballot Issues

Marijuana Issues on the Ballot:

Taxation Fairness – Lunch & Learn

Taxation Fairness
Lunch & Learn
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
12:00 noon
HyVee South on Grindstone*, Club Room

Guest speaker:
Jeremy Lafaver
Missouri Budget Project

Mr. Lafaver will speak about the efforts of the Missouri Budget Project whose mission is to improve the quality of life for all Missourians by informing public policy decisions through objective research and analysis of state budget, tax and economic issues.

This event is free and open to the public. Although no lunch is provided, attendees are welcome to bring their own or purchase lunch at the HyVee store.

*Note the new location.

Equal Justice Under the Law?

“Equal Justice Under the Law?”

Monday, October 8, 2018
7:00 p.m. (6:30 p.m. refreshments)

Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Guest speakers:

Greg Mermelstein, deputy director for the specialty practices and resources for the Missouri State Public Defender system
Melinda Pendergraph, training director for the Missouri State Public Defender system
and KFRU’s David Lile, moderator.

This program will explore the ongoing challenges facing the public defender system in Missouri, including chronic underfunding, which exacerbates inequities in the criminal justice system. Speakers will also address other systemic practices in Missouri that contribute to inequities and offer potential solutions.

Co-sponsored by the Civil Liberties Committee of the League of Women Voters of Columbia-Boone County, the Columbia Public Library, AAUW-Columbia Branch and the Mid-Missouri Civil Liberties Association.

This event is free and open to the public.

November Election Preview

 Preview of the November 6th Election
Candidates and Ballot Issues

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
7:00 p.m.


Scott Swofford, senior city editor of the Columbia Missourian and MU Journalism Professor,
and Mark Horvit, Missourian state government editor

Randy Picht, executive director of the MU Reynolds Journalism Institute

The show airs live at 7:00 p.m. on October 10. The program will be available a few days later on our website or at
The show replays on CAT TV at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
CAT TV can be found on Mediacom 85, Charter Communications 983, and CenturyTel Prism 98.