During the August 2020 Special Delegates Meeting, the Delegates adopted a recommendation from the Governance Task Force to create a Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee (“Committee”) will:
- Recruit candidates to stand for election to the Executive Board
- Vet the prospective candidates
- Endorse candidates who receive the Committee’s majority approval. The endorsed candidates will be presented to US Chess Voting Members.
Another meeting was held via ZOOM on September 26th. Out of eight nominees, six would be elected to the committee (by 82 delegates), while two others were elected by the current Executive Board (7 members). The following members were elected:
Joy Bray (MO), Executive Board-appointed
David Grimaud (SC), Delegate-appointed
Randy Hough (CA-S), Delegate-appointed
Michelle Martinez (AZ), Delegate-appointed
Sophia Rohde (NY), Delegate-appointed
Daaim Shabazz (FL), Delegate-appointed
Hal Sprechman (NJ), Executive Board-appointed
Chris Wainscott (WI), Delegate-appointed
Yesterday, Executive Director Carol Meyer released a call-out for those interested in serving on board positions. In the release, it states:
For the 2021 Executive Board election, the Committee will make recommendations for prospective candidates who will be permitted to use the Committee’s endorsement as one element of their campaign marketing. The Committee’s candidate recommendations in no way preclude others from self-nominating for the election. All candidates for the Executive Board (endorsed or not) are required to obtain signatures on their petitions for office. That petition form is available here. (A fillable petition form is also available.)
If you are interested you can contact Daaim Shabazz at email@example.com or see details a link below.