Section Manager Election Results Announced
This spring, the ARRL held two balloted elections for Section Manager. ARRL members in Nebraska elected a new Section Manager, while members in Utah -- faced with a three-way race -- voted to keep their Section Manager. In addition, ARRL members in New Hampshire and Wisconsin will each get a new Section Manager, and Section Managers in seven Sections ran unopposed and were declared elected for a new two-year term. Ballots were counted and verified at ARRL Headquarters on Tuesday, May 21.
In Nebraska, Matthew Anderson, KA0BOJ, of Ashland, was declared the winner with 184 votes; Dan Steinhoff, W7UP, of Omaha, received 123 votes. Anderson previously served as Section Manager from January 2005-December 2008. His term of office begins July 1 and is for 18 months, since nominations had to be re-solicited, as current Section Manager Art Zygielbaum, K0AIZ, of Lincoln, decided not to run for another term of office. Zygielbaum has served as Section Manager since January 2009.
In the Utah Section Manager election, Mel Parkes, NM7P, of Layton, was re-elected with 360 votes; challengers Pat Malan, N7PAT, of South Jordan, received 197 votes, while Mickey Applebaum, KE7NZA, of Salt Lake City, received 82 votes. Parkes has served as the Utah Section Manager since 1999; he begins his eighth term of office on July 1.
New Hampshire will be getting a new Section Manager as of July 1: Peter Stohrer, K1PJS, of Concord, was the only nominee to submit a petition by the March 8 receipt deadline. Stohrer is currently an Emergency Coordinator, Official Relay Station and Official Observer in the New Hampshire Section. He previously served as the Public Information Coordinator in New Hampshire. Current New Hampshire Section Manager Al Shuman, K1AKS, of New Boston, decided not to run for another term of office. Shuman has served as the New Hampshire Section Manager from December 1992-June 1999 and from October 2000-June 2005. He was then appointed Section Manager in 2008.
Wisconsin will also have a new Section Manager as of July 1: Gary Sorensen, W9ULK, of Oxford, has been appointed Wisconsin Section Manager. ARRL Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager Dave Patton, NN1N, made the appointment after current Wisconsin Section Manager Don Michalski, W9IXG, of Madison, announced that he was stepping down. Patton received Michalski’s recommendation and consulted with ARRL Central Division Director Dick Isely, W9GIG, before making the appointment official. Michalski has served as Section Manager since July 1999. Sorensen will complete the current term of office that continues through June 30, 2014. He is currently the Wisconsin Section Emergency Coordinator and a Public Information Officer.
The following incumbent ARRL Section Managers did not face opposition and were declared elected for their upcoming terms of office beginning July 1: Jim Cross, WI3N, Maryland-DC; Joe Giraudo, N7JEH, Nevada; Jim Mezey, W2KFV, New York City-Long Island; Rich Krohn, N2SMV, Northern New Jersey; Bob Beaudet, W1YRC, Rhode Island; Dan Pruitt, AE6SX, San Joaquin Valley, and Bill Roberts, W5NPR, West Texas.