March 28, 2023

MINNEAPOLIS (Jan. 28, 2016) — The League of Women Voters Minneapolis is excited to announce a new monthly discussion series, “The Civic Buzz,” beginning Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 at the Black Forest Inn, Minneapolis.

The event will center around young people and their turn-off from running for office, based on a book by Jennifer Lawless and Richard Fox. Matthew Bergeron of Larkin Hoffman law firm will address the group to offer insights into his experience as a candidate, campaign manager, and field organizer for Minnesota campaigns.

Each second Tuesday of the month, the public is invited to discuss a current community topic.  “We hope to bring people together for meaningful dialogue on governmental and voter issues that affect us all,” said Marion Hall, co-president of LWVMpls.

Civic Buzz events will feature a speaker followed by a Q&A session. At our first event on Feb. 9, we will focus on the book Running From Office: Why Young Americans are Turned off to Politics by Jennifer Lawless and Richard Fox. Attendees are welcome  to participate regardless of whether they have read the book. The discussion will be lead by Matthew Bergeron, an associate attorney practicing in the areas of government relations and corporate law. In addition to his legal experience, Matthew previously served as policy staff for the Minnesota House of Representatives. He has managed and consulted on numerous legislative races at the state level, and sought the DFL endorsement for the Minnesota House 64B seat in 2014.

The Black Forest Inn is located at 1 East 26th Street, Minneapolis and the gathering will be at 5:30 p.m., with a discussion at 6:15 p.m. Anyone interested in discussing public policy issues is welcome.

The League of Women Voters Minneapolis is a nonpartisan organization that encourages informed and active participation in government and community. For more information, visit or call our office at 612-333-6319.

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