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The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus


Damschroder, Wurdlow win good-government awards

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010

Franklin County Board of Elections deputy Matthew Damschroder and community leader Earl Wurdlow were presented with awards by the Franklin County Consortium for Good Government.

Since 1998, the Consortium has given two awards to individuals or groups whose volunteer or professional activities have indicated a deep commitment to democracy, and who live or work in Franklin County. The two awards are the Good Government Award and the John Shrack Award, named for the late John Shrack, one of the founders of the Consortium.

Damschroder, Deputy Director of the Franklin County Board of Elections since 2008, was presented with the 2010 Good Government Award. The Franklin County Board of Elections has as many as 6,000 poll workers on Election Day with an average annual budget of $10 million. Damschroder is also a frequent contributor to the Pew Center on the States’s “Make Voting Work” initiative.

Earl Wurdlow is the recipient of the 2010 John Schrack Award. Wurdlow has scheduled community leader forums at the First Unitarian Universalist Church for a dozen years now. The forums provide a platform for community leaders and scholars to examine issues of the day. “Earl is very dedicated to getting people to think about current issues,” explained Marilyn Webster, the individual who nominated Wurdlow for this award. “(He) encourages engagement of the community in social justice issues.”

Past awardees have included Mike Curtin, State Senator Ben Espy, Rev. Dr. Thomas Mori, Joyce Garver Keller, Sam Horowitz, Lee Leonard, and the late Alvin Hadley. The Consortium uses these awards as a means of recognizing individuals who exemplify commitment to good government in an extraordinary way by influencing and promoting civic participation in the elective process in a nonpartisan manner.

Read more: Franklin County Consortium for Good Government