Statement on February 24, 2022

“No one asks the poor if they want war.” These words appear in Viet Thanh Nguyen’s 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Sympathizer. They jumped off the page when I first read the book in 2017, and I have remembered them ever since.


The only people who want war are those who have never seen war. You are forever changed when your own eyes have seen what war does, when you’ve seen homes and buildings turned to rubble, seen children and teenagers with thousand-mile stares, seen gaping wounds, missing limbs, and scars that never heal. I despise war, and the greed and hatred that feed it.

The UN was created so there’d never be another war. So was the League of Nations. Treaties are signed and ignored. Alliances rise and fall.

We are a very small part of democracy in a very small corner of this planet we call home. This is a difficult day. 

We cannot know what the future will bring, but we must continue every day to build and reinforce the democratic institutions of this nation we call home. We must continue to work every day for the ideals upon which this nation was founded. We must do what we can to create a more perfect union, fixing that which we can, working with others where needed, to spread life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to everyone.

--Angela Gyurko, President, LWVJC



Jefferson County Ballot Box Locations:

Quinault Nation (Queets)

In front of the Queets Tribal Office


Quilcene Community Center

294952 Highway 101, Quilcene


Nordland Fire Station

6633 Flagler Road, Nordland


Jefferson County Library

620 Cedar Ave, Port Hadlock

(Next to the book drop box in the parking lot.)


Jefferson County Courthouse

1820 Jefferson Street, Port Townsend

(One in the back parking lot, one in front of the building, and one outside the County Auditor’s Office)


Hoh Nation

2261 Lower How Road, Forks

(In front of the Tribal Police Center)


Gateway Visitor Center

93 Beaver Valley Road, Port Ludlow


Brinnon Community Center

306144 Highway 101, Brinnon



Information Sessions on Running for Office

Considering running for public office in Jefferson County 2021? Get advice from six currently serving elected officials who share their thoughts on campaigning and serving. While every elected position is different, the insights below can benefit anyone planning to campaign in 2021.

View the zoom interview on running for and serving as a Port of Port Townsend Port Commissioner here:

Port of Port Townsend Commissioner

View the zoom interview on running for and serving on School Board in Chimacum or Port Townsend here:

Chimacum and Port Townsend School Boards

View the zoom interview on running for and serving on Port Townsend's City Council here:

Port Townsend City Council

Would you rather read transcripts than watch videos? 

Port Commissioner Information Session Transcript.pdf

School Board Information Session Transcript.pdf

City Council Information Session Transcript.pdf


View Jefferson County's 2021 Election Guide:

2021 Election Guide for Jurisdictions.pdf


Curious about the League of Women Voters?

The Jefferson County Unit-At-Large focuses on Voter Education. Membership is open to anyone over the age of 16 who is willing to abide by our policies, as set forth by the League of Women Voters of the United States.

1. Political Policy

The League shall not support or oppose any political party or any candidate. You can still be active with any political party you choose, but while you are conducting League business, you leave your personal politics at the door. 

2. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Policy.  

LWV is an organization fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the organization’s current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy. 

Click here for the LWV's Full Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Policy.


Are you a caregiver?

Click here to review rules for helping the person you care for vote.

Refresh Yourself on Voting Procedures

Click here for a video explaining the parts of the ballot and how to make sure it all gets in the envelope correctly and signed.

The League of Women Voters of Jefferson County greatly appreciate your interest and the support of our partners, AAUW-PT and media partner KPTZ 91.9 FM, Port Townsend's Community Radio.


Contact

Angela Gyurko, President
lwvjeffcowa@gmail.com

Membership Levels:

We are open to all persons residing in Jefferson County in accordance with the LWV policy on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

$15—Teambuilder 

These are member-sponsored memberships for new members helping expand our reach throughout the county.

$70—Individual

$105—Two persons at the same address

$120—Benefactor membership, for those wishing to help expand our membership ranks.

Dues include membership in the League of Women Voters of Washington State and the US League of Women Voters.

To join or renew:

Send your name, phone, email, and check to:

LWV/Jefferson County
P.O. Box 707
Port Townsend, WA 98368


Questions about Signature Matching on Ballots?

Read the below from the Jefferson County Elections Office.

Ballot Signature Info 2021 Nov General.pdf


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