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May/June 2005
ELECTION Committee Report
 
 

The Second Half

BY JOHN KAHLER, CHAIR

HOW TO RUN FROM THE FLOOR

Candidates may come to the Election Committee’s room at the Silver Legacy Hotel in Reno starting Monday, August 8, at 8:00 a.m. Each candidate must complete a Declaration of Candidacy & Eligibility, produce a DD-214, and sign an SF-180. They will be given petitions that need to be signed by delegates, the minimum number to be determined by the committee.

Once these signatures are obtained, the petitions will be returned to the committee, which will verify that the signatures are those of registered delegates. If they have gathered the requisite number of signatures, the candidates will be certified.


Vietnam Veterans of America will conduct its election of all National Officer and Board positions during the 12th National Convention. This convention will be held from August 9-14, 2005, in Reno, Nevada.

POSITIONS OPEN FOR ELECTION

VVA National President, VVA National Vice-president, VVA National Secretary, VVA National Treasurer, VVA National Board of Directors (At-large) [All Ten Seats], VVA National Board of Directors (Regional) [All Nine Seats].

TERM OF OFFICE

All National Officer and National Board positions are for terms of two years, beginning at the close of the 2005 National Convention, through the close of the 2007 Convention.

ELIGIBILITY

Candidates for all positions open for election must be individual members of VVA in good standing.

Candidates for any of the National Officer positions must meet the requirements to hold office, as set down in the VVA National Constitution, under Article I, Section 5, Paragraph A, as revised August 1, 2003.

To wit: “To qualify for election . . . to any of these offices a candidate must have been an individual member of the Corporation, in good standing, for a continuous period of not less than twelve months immediately preceding the opening of the National Convention at which such candidate seeks election; . . . and such candidate must have held a position as an officer or board member at the National level or as an officer at the State Council or Chapter level, during any continuous period of twelve months prior to the date of the opening of the National Convention at which such candidate seeks election.”

Candidates for At-large and Regional Board of Directors must meet the requirements to hold office as set down in the VVA National Constitution, Article I, Section 4, Paragraph B (1 and 2) for Regional Directors and Article I, Section 4, Paragraph B (1 and 3) for At-Large Directors as revised August 1, 2003.

To wit: “To qualify for election, a candidate must have been a member of the Corporation, in good standing, for a continuous period of not less than the twelve months immediately preceding the opening of the National Convention at which candidate seeks election . . . . The candidate must have held an elected position at the national, state, or chapter level, for any continuous period of twelve months prior to the date of the opening of the National Convention.”

Candidates for Regional Board positions must reside within the region they wish to represent.

IMPORTANT NOTE

Those who plan to run for an elected position from the floor at the Convention cannot distribute any campaign materials or announce or campaign on any web site, including their own, or accept any authorized contributions prior to being approved as a candidate by the Election Committee at the Convention. Any violation of the above will result in disqualification.

CANDIDATE’S PACKETS

The Election Committee will mail Candidate’s Packets to candidates who have submitted Letters of Intent. To avoid possible loss or destruction of these packets, they will be sent via “Certified Mail-Return Receipt Requested.”

These packets contain information, instructions, and rules regarding the conduct of the election process that are of vital importance to every candidate. Included in these packets will be some forms. Candidates are required to complete the forms and return them to the Election Committee.

NOTE: The Candidate’s Packet will include a Cut-off Date Calendar that lists events and dates that are very important to each candidate’s campaign for office. Failure to meet any of the deadlines will be grounds for disqualification.

CONDUCT OF CAMPAIGNS

Candidates may not use the VVA national logo or flag, nor that of any State Council or Chapter in or on their campaign materials. Campaign materials are considered to be (but are not limited to) buttons, pins, brochures, and the like. A photograph of a candidate wearing his or her VVA National, State Council, or Chapter lapel pin is acceptable.

Additionally, a photograph of a candidate who is wearing a coat, jacket, shirt, or hat that has a VVA National, State Council, or Chapter logo on it also is acceptable.
Candidates may not solicit or accept campaign contributions in any form from VVA, or any VVA State Council or Chapter. Campaign contributions are considered to be (but are not limited to) money, paper, envelopes, postage, free printing, free phone calls, use of web sites, or e-mail.

Candidates may not solicit or accept any campaign endorsement from VVA, any VVA State Council, Chapter, or VVA newsletters, newspapers, web, or electronic mail sites.

Candidates may solicit and accept campaign contributions and endorsements from any member of VVA, provided that the contributions or endorsements are not in violation of rules and that any written endorsements are on the individual’s personal stationery. It is strictly prohibited for any person to use VVA National, State Council, or Chapter letterhead stationery, web, or electronic mail sites for the purposes of writing letters of endorsement.

A candidate’s own web site or electronic mail may be used to campaign, but the restrictions mentioned above remain in effect.

It is not the wish, nor is it the intention, of the VVA Election Committee to embroil prospective candidates in unnecessary red tape in order for them to have their names on the 2005 VVA National Election Ballot. There are, however, certain steps that must be followed by all candidates in order to keep the election process within the guidelines of the VVA National Constitution and to make the process fair and even.

The rules, instructions, and requirements set down in this announcement, as well as those that will follow in the Candidate’s Packet, are easy to read, understand, and follow. Therefore, the failure of a candidate to play by the rules or meet the requirements of the VVA National Constitution and the Election Committee will cause that candidate to be disqualified and his or her name removed from the ballot.

The VVA Election Committee welcomes those members who are about to step forward and take part in a most important part of VVA: the election of Officers and Board Members who will guide VVA for the next two years.

MEMBERS OF THE 2005 ELECTION COMMITTEE

John Kahler, Chair, Washington, D.C.,
202-416-7721 (work), 832-216-6368 (cell); Scott DeArmen, Prescott Valley, Arizona; Jill Mishkel, Portsmouth, Virginia.

   

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