ARRL Members Nominate Candidates for Director, Vice Director
The policies of the ARRL are established by 15 Directors who are elected to the Board on a geographical basis, with elections for three-year terms held in five divisions each year. At the same time, Vice Directors are elected on the same basis. Responding to solicitations in the July and August issues of QST, ARRL members in the Pacific, Rocky Mountain, Southeastern, Southwestern and West Gulf Divisions have nominated 16 candidates for the 10 positions of Director and Vice Director.
Five incumbents have been declared elected without opposition, while there will be balloting for the Director position in the Southeastern, Southwestern and West Gulf Divisions, and for the Vice Director position in the Southeastern and West Gulf Divisions. Ballots will be counted on Friday, November 19, 2010, and those elected will serve three-year terms beginning at noon on January 1, 2011.
As the only nominee for Director in the Pacific Division, Bob Vallio, W6RGG, of Castro Valley, California, was declared re-elected. Vallio has been Pacific Division Director since February 2003 when, as Vice Director, he assumed the position upon the death of Jim Maxwell, W6CF.
Vice Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, of Oakland, California, was also running unopposed and has been declared elected. Tiemstra was appointed Vice Director in June 2009 to fill a vacancy created by a resignation.
Rocky Mountain Division
Current Rocky Mountain Director Division Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was unopposed for the position. This will be Mileshosky’s second term as Director; he previously served as Rocky Mountain Division Vice Director for one full term, from 2005-2007.
Vice Director Dwayne Allen, WY7FD, of Devils Tower, Wyoming, was also re-elected. This will also be Allen’s second term.
Incumbent Southeastern Division Director Greg Sarratt, W4OZK, of Huntsville, Alabama, faces two challengers for his position: Sherri Brower, W4STB, of Vero Beach, Florida, and Doug Rehman, K4AC, of Mount Dora, Florida. Sarratt has served one term as Director; in 2007 he was elected to replace Frank Butler, W4RH, of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, who retired after 50 years of elected service to the ARRL.
Two candidates are running for Vice Director in the Southeastern Division: incumbent Jeff Beals, WA4AW, of Loxahatchee, Florida, and Andrea Hartlage, KG4IUM, of Grayson, Georgia. Beals was appointed as Vice Director in June 2009 upon the death of Sandy Donahue, W4RU.
Current ARRL Southwestern Division Director Dick Norton, N6AA, of Topanga, California, will face challenger Carl Gardenias, WU6D, of Perris, California. Norton has served two terms as Director.
Having no opponent, incumbent Vice Director Marty Woll, N6VI, of Chatsworth, California was re-elected. This will be Woll’s second term as Vice Director.
West Gulf Division
Current ARRL West Gulf Division Director Dr David Woolweaver, K5RAV, of Harlingen, Texas, will face Larry Essary, K5XG, of Lucas, Texas, for that position. Dr Woolweaver served as Vice Director from 2000 to 2009 and became Director upon the resignation of Coy Day, N5OK.
Incumbent Vice Director for the West Gulf Division, John Robert Stratton, N5AUS, of Austin, Texas, will face challenger Michael Reynolds, W0KIE, of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Stratton was appointed Vice Director in August 2010 after the resignation of John Thomason, WB5SYT.
Ballots will be sent to all full members of the League in the Southeastern, Southwestern and West Gulf Divisions who are of good standing as of September 10, 2010 (you must be a licensed radio amateur to be a full member). The ballots will be mailed not later than October 1, 2010 and, to be valid, must be received at ARRL HQ by noon Eastern Time on Friday, November 19, 2010. A committee of tellers will meet on that date to count ballots in the presence of an independent auditor. In each case the candidate with the greatest number of votes will be declared the winner.
Absentee ballots are available to those ARRL full members licensed by the FCC but temporarily residing outside of the US. Members overseas who arrange to be listed as full members in an appropriate Division prior to September 10, 2010, will be able to vote this year where elections are being held. Even within the US, full members temporarily living outside the ARRL Division they consider home may have voting privileges by notifying the ARRL Secretary prior to September 10, 2010, giving their current QST address and the reason another Division is considered home.