Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members. This calendar includes our own meetings as well as community events which may be of particular interest to our membership.

2018-2019 Schedule

We follow the academic calendar and have at least one activity per month from August to May. We do not meet in December.

For the 2018-2019 calendar, membership meetings will generally be held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, however, due to availability of speakers or facilities, there may be some variance in that schedule.

Since 2018 is an election year, we expect to be offering candidate forums ahead of all contested general elections in Murfreesboro and Rutherford County.

Check back often for updates as we confirm events.

Date & Time        Place        Description
Monday, September 17, 2018
6:00 PM
The Historic Rutherford County Courthouse (and on RCTV and YouTube) Tennessee State Senate District 13 Candidate Forum. Local voters will hear from candidates for Tennessee Senate District 13 in a forum at the historic Rutherford County Courthouse. Hosted by the League of Women Voters in partnership with Rutherford County TV, the forum will be conducted at 6:00 PM on Monday, September 17. The public is invited to attend. The forum will also be live-streamed, posted to the county's YouTube channel, and rebroadcast on RCTV at later times.

Candidates will introduce themselves and respond to a moderator's questions on a timed basis. A pool of questions for the moderator's usage is compiled by a League committee using citizen input. Voters are invited to suggest questions to the League by emailing lwvrutherford@gmail.com.

Audience members should be seated 10 minutes prior to the forum start time. No one in attendance may wear or display any party or campaign materials during the forum.

Live-streaming of the forums will be on the RCTV live stream channel at youtube.com/user/RutherfordGovernment/live. RCTV is located on Comcast Cable channel 19 throughout Rutherford County, AT&T's U-verse channel 99, and DTC channel 194.

As of press time, two of the three Senate candidates are confirmed for the forum: Kelly Northcutt and Ginger Smith. Candidate Dawn White has not responded to League invitations by phone and email.

The League attempts to schedule candidate forums for most contested races in Murfreesboro and Rutherford County. In order to assure impartiality and comply with FCC rules for televised events, a majority of candidates must agree to participate in order for the League to go forward with a forum.

Approximately half of Rutherford County is represented by Senate District 13. Voters can verify their Senate district at http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/Apps/fmlv3/districts.aspx and can also check their voting status and districts by entering their address at tnmap.tn.gov/voterlookup/.

On November 6, voters can cast their ballots at any one of 28 new Voting Centers in the county. Visit election.rutherfordcountytn.gov for more information and a sample ballot. Early voting runs October 17 through November 1.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
6:00 PM Social; 6:30 Program Start
Heritage Center
225 W College St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
General Membership Meeting: ThinkTennessee: Keys to Housing Affordability. Public Invited. Quality housing for both renters and homeowners is becoming both more scarce and more expensive in our state, and wage increases aren't keeping up with housing costs. This challenge in turn affects individuals and families in other areas of their lives, such as health and education.

Shanna Singh Hughey, president of ThinkTennessee, will be sharing in-depth data about the affordable housing crisis as well as solutions other states have implemented to improve housing affordability.

ThinkTennessee is a 501c(3) think tank dedicated to the vision that public policy should focus on building ladders of opportunity for Tennesseans. This nonpartisan, nonprofit research and advocacy organization empowers leaders from across the state and both sides of the aisle to take action on pragmatic ideas that create civic and economic opportunity and move our state forward.

The public is welcome at this meeting, which will be held at

Heritage Center 225 W College St Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Refreshments will be served beginning at 6:00 PM; come mingle ahead of the 6:30 PM program start.

If Heritage Center parking is full, you can park across the street in the Pinnacle lot or the nearby city garage.