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Prairie Village councilwoman Ruth Hopkins given award by local socialist organization

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

The area League of Women Voters, which opposes tax reform, school choice, and effectively opposes democracy by opposing a Constitution-based republic, gave PV Councilwoman Ruth Hopkins the LWV “Make Democracy Work” award, according to The Kansas City Star.

The Star reports that Hopkins is a current leader with the National League of Cities, an anti-capitalist organization that opposes private property.

But Hopkins’ public service has not been confined to Prairie Village. Since 1994, she has served continuously in various committee positions for the National League of Cities. That work was crowned in 2004, when Hopkins won a two-year term on the League of Cities’ board of directors. She now serves on the body’s advisory council.

At the county level, Hopkins has become an expert on the issue of solid waste disposal. She currently serves on the Mid America Regional Council’s Solid Waste Committee, and chairs the Johnson County Solid Waste Committee.

Hopkins said she was “phenomenally honored” to be recognized by the Johnson County League of Women Voters.

“A goal of mine is to get more women involved in politics,” she said. “I think women are still such a minority. I love going to talk to groups like the Girl Scouts. It’s great to get them started early, to let them know there are opportunities available, and it’s so important to get involved.”

One of her great pleasures as a public servant, Hopkins said, is to see how effective the democratic process can be in real peoples’ lives..

“People call me, they’re so frustrated, and with a call to the public works director, I can take care of it,” she said. “The biggest thing I’ve learned is that democracy works best at the local level. It gets so much more politicized and complicated as you move up.”