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Jean Ford Democracy Award Nominations Sought
Posted Date: 1/20/2009
Carson City—Secretary of State Ross Miler today announced that the Advisory Committee on Participatory Democracy (ACPD) is now accepting nominations for the Jean Ford Democracy Award. The award, named in honor of Jean Ford, will recognize the exemplary service of Nevada citizens who have played a key role in promoting participatory democracy in Nevada. The award program is designed to honor deserving citizens who have benefited their communities, state and nation through their participation and leadership in furthering the democratic process. The Jean Ford Democracy Award was established as part of Senate Bill 309, passed during the 2003 Legislature.

“It is with great pleasure that I ask Nevadans for their assistance in identifying and honoring deserving citizens who have a made a positive impact on the democratic process in the Silver State,” Secretary Miller said. “Many citizens have dedicated service to their communities that assisted in the outstanding level of voter participation we reached in the 2008 election.”

We’re pleased to recognize the remarkable individuals committed to participatory democracy throughout the State.” said Rob Elliot, chairman of the ACPD.

Any citizen or organization in Nevada may nominate someone for the Jean Ford Democracy Award. Applications and criteria for the award are available at or by calling the Secretary of State’s office at (702) 486-2887. Deadline for submission is March 20, 2009. The recipient(s) of the 2008 Jean Ford Democracy Award will be honored during the 2009 legislative session.

Past recipients of the award include: Mark Peplowski (2006); Larry Struve (2006); Destiny Carroll (2007); Hannah Low (2007); Judy Simpson (2007); and Congresswoman Dina Titus (2007).

About Jean Ford:

Jean Ford served in the State Assembly (1972-76) and the State Senate (1978-82). She was a fervent community activist who was instrumental in the establishment of the Nevada Women’s History Project, which gathered and disseminated information about the roles, accomplishments and activities of Nevada women from every race, class and ethnic background who contributed in determining the State’s future.

About ACPD:

The ACPD was first established in 1997 by the Legislature under the office of the Department of Cultural Affairs. The ACPD consists of 10 members including the Secretary of State or his designee and nine other members appointed by the Secretary of State. The Committee’s purpose is to assist the Secretary of State in identifying and proposing programs that promote citizen participation in governance, establishing a Jean Ford Democracy Award and working with partner organizations at the local, state and national level to increase voter participation. For more information on the ACPD, visit