CIVICS 101 is returning in 2023!  

It’s back, it’s back!  The League of Women Voters of Northeastern North Carolina will once again host “Civics 101,” a five-week series of two-hour courses focused on local government, starting September 27.

The courses will be held simultaneously at the Pasquotank County library on Colonial Avenue in Elizabeth City and the American Legion Post 126 at 111 West Academy Street in Hertford on five consecutive Wednesdays from 6 PM-8 PM.

The classes will include discussions by local elected officials, school leaders, attorneys and others and the topics will include the function of municipal government in Elizabeth City and hertford, county government, the local courts, election boards, and the public schools.  The courses are designed to help local residents better understand the functioning of their local government.

Among those scheduled to speak during the Hertford sessions are Mayor Earnell Brown, Hertford Town Councilor Sandy Anderson, Hertford Manager Janice Cole, Perquimans County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Tanya Turner and school board member Dr. Anne White, Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Bland and District Court Judge Meader Harriss.  Also scheduled to speak are Perquimans County commissioner Charles Woodard and Sheriff Shelby White, Perquiman County Board of Elections Director Jackie Green and Reggie Ponder of the Perquimans Weekly.

Among those scheduled to speak at the Pasquotank sessions are Tony Stimatz, a former city councilman in Elizabeth City; Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools superintendent Dr. Keith Parker and ECPPS Board of Education chair Angela Cobb; Pasquotank County Commissioner Lloyd Griffin; Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten; Pasquotank Board of Elections Director Emma Tate, and Julian Eure of the Daily Advance.

The cost of the course is $25, which covers all five sessions. Students can attend for free.  Register by September 24 by emailing  Payment by cash or check can be made at the door.  Water and snacks will be provided.  For more information, call or text 703-303-6682.

The League of Women Voters is non-partisan.

The LWV Northeast North Carolina (LWVNENC) hosted simultaneous Civics 101 sessions over a period of five days on consecutive Tuesdays in January/February 2020 for both Pasquotank and Perquimans Counties. The sessions included discussions by local elected officials and leaders, with topics encompassing Elizabeth City and Hertford municipal governments, local county governments and courts and public schools. At the final joint session, speakers discussed Activism in the Community and Participation in a Democracy. This was the first time Civics 101 was conducted in Perquimans County, with 25 participants. Pasquotank County exceeded the prior Civics 101 session conducted in January/February 2018 with 27 participants. Feedback was very positive as participants expressed how much they learned about how their local government serves them and how to become involved either through attending meetings or volunteering for various committees. LWVNENC plans on making Civics 101 a yearly event.

Sheriff White Perquimans County, Sue Englehardt Vice President LWVNENC, and Fondella Leigh Perquimans County Board of Commissioners.

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