Scott Hartman, voter service coordinator for the Chaffee County League of Women Voters, was presented with the 2021 statewide LWV Individual Achievement Award at the LWVCO Convention in May.

The award honors an individual who has provided innovative and effective leadership at one or several levels within his or her local League. The levels include various committees, media involvement, League organization, League visibility, community programs, advocacy issues, etc.

In the nomination, LWVCC Leadership Team member Marilyn Box noted that “For the last 6 years, Scott has done an outstanding job as our Voter Service Coordinator and a member of the LWVCC Leadership Team. He took on the task of revitalizing our candidate and issue forums, and in many ways is the ‘face’ of our League in the community.

“Scott is organized, thorough and diplomatic–always managing difficult situations with a good-natured sense of humor.”

She added that the leadership team felt this was an opportune year to recognize and honor his efforts.

Box went on to describe how Hartman organized voter forums for the election of Chaffee County school boards, town councils, county commissioners, hospital board, state legislature, county offices and a variety of local issues.

After managing numerous forums in a traditional format, he tried a new approach “Candi-dating.” LWVCC forums now resembled an evening of political speed-dating, with state and county candidates moving from table to table to answer questions and discuss issues with community members.

In 2020, with the challenges of the pandemic, Hartman adapted the candidate forums one more time and presented two socially distanced Zoom forums, one for the 11th Judicial District candidates and one for Chaffee County Commissioners.

The recorded events were up-loaded to YouTube and over 60 community members subsequently viewed them online.

The nomination also included a listing of Hartman’s numerous other contributions to the League’s work, highlighting his collaboration with the County Clerk in organizing high school voter registration events and establishment of the League’s VOTE411 online presence.

Box concluded that “The Chaffee County chapter of the League of Women Voters is ‘Not for Women Only’ and Scott Hartman truly demonstrates that ideal.”

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