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AROUND TOWN: Jan Doran named Making Democracy Work honoree

February 26, 2014 Updated: February 26, 2014 at 5:40 pm
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Jan Doran, left, honored as the Making Democracy Work award recipient for 2014 by the League of Women Voters. Joining her for the awards ceremony was her daughter, Diana Szczech. 022514 Photo by Linda Navarro

Community advocate Jan Doran, called a woman who gets things done, was chosen the 2014 Making Democracy Work award winner by the League of Women Voters. The announcement was made Tuesday at a reception at The Woman's House at Colorado College.

"Doran champions a robust public process that encourages citizen input and participation in government," the awards selection committee said. "She models public involvement in the democratic process."

Doran, who was president of the Council of Neighbors and Organizations, has served on city and county boards, commissions and advisory councils for more than 20 years, dealing with issues including citizen outreach, open government, human services, stormwater and transportation.

She was called instrumental in the passage of the voter-approved Pikes Peak Regional Transportation Authority.

Nominees for the 2014 award were described by 2013 award winner Jane Ard-Smith: "If we have anything happening in this community, one of these five women is involved."

The other nominees were:

Carmen Abeyta and Anna Marie Ortiz, co-founders of the Latino Community Luncheons, which bring together people from throughout the community. "Issues addressed at the luncheons are important to all of us, not just the Latino community," Ard-Smith said.

Queen Brown's passion is young people and helping them become leaders. "To make democracy work you have to prepare the next generation," said Ard-Smith. This is the 22nd year for Brown's work with the African American Youth Leadership Conference, to be held March 8 at Colorado College.

Sue Stohlman, who now lives in Tennessee, is described as "a passionate and inspiring advocate as the leader of the Colorado Springs Diversity Forum, which is now a national model." Ard-Smith said Stohlman assures that everyone has a seat at the table and each voice is heard."

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