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Notice of MEA Officer Election

It is time once again for Officer elections at MEA. Article V of MEA’s Bylaws detail the regulations that govern our union’s elections. Those regulations call for the announcement of procedures to be used to nominate candidates.

If you qualify and would like to run for office, please contact MEA at 619.264.6632 and we will send you a nominating petition.

All petitions must be received by MEA prior to the close of the September Board of Directors meeting which will be approximately 4:00pm on Wednesday, September 12, 2012. Please mail the petitions via U.S. mail or interoffice mail to MS 126, or drop it off at MEA’s office. An MEA staff member will contact you to confirm receipt of your petition. If you do not receive a phone call, it is your responsibility to follow up with MEA. No late petitions will be accepted.

All candidates will be notified by the Election Committee as to the status of their application prior to ballots being prepared.

At the October 10, 2012 Board of Directors meeting, the Election Committee will report to the Board regarding the eligibility of all applications. At this meeting, all candidates will be given the opportunity to address the Board of Directors as well.

If you are interested in running for office, the Bylaws state the following:

Article 5, Section 2. Election of Officers shall be held in each even numbered year.

(a) At the time of determination of eligibility to be a candidate, a Regular Member must meet all the eligibility requirements for the Board of Directors and must have completed either: a) two (2) full terms as a member of the Board of Directors or b) one (1) full term as a member of the Board of Directors and one (1) full term as a member of the Negotiating team.

(b) At the August meeting of the Board of Directors in each even numbered year, a Nominating Committee will be selected in accordance with rules established by the Board of Directors. The Committee shall nominate at least one (1) candidate for each of the offices of President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. At the September meeting of the Board of Directors, the nominating Committee shall present its nominations.

(c) A call for nominations shall be published in an official MEA publication prior to the August meeting. The notice will list eligibility requirements for the positions to be elected and explain the procedures for nomination.

(d) Members of the Nominating Committee cannot be nominated for office by the Nominating Committee.

(e) Candidates for any office may also be nominated by a nominating petition signed by the candidate and at least ten (10) Regular Members. All nominating petitions must be filed with the Nominating Committee prior to the close of the September Board of Directors meeting, for review of conformance to nominating requirements. Filing is deemed accomplished upon delivery of the petition to the Nominating Committee Chair.

(f) At the October meeting of the Board of Directors, a portion of the meeting shall be set aside to allow each candidate an equal opportunity to address the meeting, pursuant to rules and procedures to be established by the Election Committee.

If you meet the criteria and would like to serve as an MEA Officer, please contact the MEA office for a nominating petition!