John Perryman, elected as a Director, has been a Calvert County resident since 1994 and League member for about 15 years. Perryman currently serves as Co-President of LWV Calvert County, and Chair of Voter Services. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University. A retired military veteran and federal employee, he is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Maryland University College, “I joined LWVMD because the League’s positive, constructive outreach to voters informs our community and improves the opportunity for success by our elected leaders,” Perryman states.
Anne Mychalus, elected to the Nominating Committee, has served on the LWVMD Board as the Director of Liaisons from 2013 – 2015. She is a retired Calvert County Schools Administrator, former Executive Director of the Community Mediation Center of Calvert and a mediator for Circuit Court. Anne is 78 years old and a resident of Calvert County since 1989. She has four grown children, 5 grandchildren and her husband is deceased. Her interests include international women’s affairs, the environment, and grassroots democracy. Anne is a former member of Tri County Services, Calvert Crusade for Children, Boys and Girls Clubs of So. Maryland, and trustee emeritus of Prince George’s Community College.
The Maryland League celebrated its 95th anniversary during the Convention held at the O’Callaghan Annapolis Hotel May 30 and 31. There are 14 local Leagues in the state, with a membership total of over 1200 members.
At the Saturday night birthday banquet, Congressman John Sarbanes spoke about campaign finance, and answered questions on his bill HR 20. His bill seeks to establish an innovative way for “the People” to participate in campaign financing, as an alternative to big donor financing. At the beginning of the Convention, County Council Chairman Jerry Walker welcomed the League delegates to Anne Arundel County and Annapolis.
The League adopted three topics for study by the local Leagues in 2015-17: “Police-Community Relations;” “Deferred Development Rights Agreements;” and, “The Primary System for Elected Office in Maryland.” The Leagues will analyze, discuss and reach a consensus on the questions posed by these topics, and adopt a League position for future advocacy.
The League is a non-partisan organization that seeks to strengthen democracy through encouraging informed citizen participation.