Section Manager Election Results Announced
There were nine Section Manager races this fall, four of which saw no opposition. Election ballots were counted and verified on Tuesday, November 18 at ARRL Headquarters for the remaining five races. Terms of office for these new Section Managers will begin on January 1, 2009.
In Nebraska, Art Zygielbaum, K0AIZ, defeated two other candidates in a very close race, receiving 124 votes. Opponents Jeff Beiermann, WB0M, of Omaha, received 118 votes while incumbent Section Manager Matthew Anderson, KA0BOJ, of Ashland, received 74 votes. Zygielbaum, who lives in Lincoln, was first licensed in 1961; he is presently vice president of the Lincoln Amateur Radio Club. He is active in emergency and public service communications, contesting, DXing, satellite, digital modes and QRP operation.
Incumbent New York City/Long Island Section Manager Tom Carrubba, KA2D, of West Babylon, decided not to run for another term, so two other hams stepped up to run for the position: Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, of Brooklyn, and Robert Biamonte, WB2OMW, of Levittown . Lisenco was declared the winner with 468 votes; Biamonte received 134 votes. Lisenco presently serves as Assistant Section Manager and Section Emergency Coordinator. Prior to those appointments, he was the District Emergency Coordinator for New York City. Lisenco is an avid DXer and contester and has previously served as vice president of the Kings County Radio Club.
In the Eastern Massachusetts election, Mike Neilsen, W1MPN, of Hudson, defeated incumbent Section Manager Art Greenberg, K1GBX, of Georgetown. Neilsen received 660 votes to Greenberg's 224. Neilsen served as Eastern Massachusetts Section Manager from January 2005-December 2006. Just prior to his first term as Section Manager, he served as the Section Emergency Coordinator for the Section from September 2001-January 2005.
Section Manager of the Southerm New Jersey Section since 1997, Jean Priestley, KA2YKN, of Pennsauken, decided not to run for another term of office. George Strayline, N3GZ, of Villas, and Rick Stoneking, W2RDS, of Lumberton, sought the post. With 236 votes, Strayline was declared the winner; Stoneking received 209 votes. Strayline is a founding member of the Jersey Cape D-Star User Group (JCDUG). He is also a member of the Cape May County Amateur Radio Club and an active ARRL Accredited Volunteer Examiner and Official Observer. He enjoys high speed CW, DX and home brewing.
Indiana will also have a new Section Manager starting in January, since incumbent Section Manager Jim Sellers, K9ZBM, of Middlebury, decided not to run for another term. Sellers has served as Section Manager since July 2002. Raymond Andrews, K9DUR, of West Terre Haute, and John Poindexter, W3ML, of Knox, were candidates for the open seat. Andrews received 531 votes and Poindexter received 261 votes.
After ballots had already been mailed out to ARRL members in the Indiana Section, Andrews wrote to ARRL Headquarters withdrawing his candidacy due to health concerns. As such, the Section Manager's position for the new term starting in January was considered vacant because Andrews won the majority of votes.
According to the Rules and Regulations of the Field Organization, vacancies in the office of Section Manager shall be filled by appointment by the ARRL Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager, in consultation with the respective Section's Director. After ARRL MVP Manager Dave Patton, NN1N, consulted with ARRL Central Division Director Dick Isely, W9GIG, John Poindexter, W3ML, has been appointed Indiana Section Manager with a term to begin January 1, 2009. Poindexter's term of office will be for 18 months -- instead of two years -- because this new term of office in Indiana had to be resolicited.
Poindexter has been a radio amateur since 1979 and has held appointments as an Assistant Emergency Coordinator, past president of the Wabash Valley Amateur Radio Club, and president of the Starke County Amateur Radio Club. He is active in public service communications, DXing and contesting.
The following incumbent ARRL Section Managers did not face opposition and were declared elected for their next terms of office starting January 1, 2009: Dale Bagley, K0KY (Missouri); Jim Boehner, N2ZZ (South Carolina); Dee Turner, N4GD (West Central Florida), and John Rodgers, N3MSE (Western Pennsylvania).
Since there were no Section Manager nominations received for the next term of office in Northern New York, nominations will be resolicited in the January 2009 issue of QST.