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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB015 (2002)

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ARLB015 Section Manager election results announced in Virginia, Pacific

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ARRL Bulletin 15  ARLB015
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  February 20, 2002
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB015 Section Manager election results announced in Virginia, Pacific

Incumbent Virginia Section Manager Carl A. Clements, W4CAC, was
elected to a full term in his own right after beating back a
challenge from former Virginia SM Lynn Gahagan, AF4CD, 976 to 779
votes. In the Pacific Section, Bob Schneider, AH6J, outpolled John
D. Peters, K1ER, 137 to 112. Votes were counted February 19 at ARRL
Headquarters.

The Virginia race attracted a greater than usual level of attention
and number of votes cast by ARRL members. Gahagan, who was first
elected in April 1998, was effectively removed from office last year
after the ARRL Executive Committee declared the office vacant.
Clements was named to fill the declared vacancy.

The EC's action followed efforts by ARRL First Vice President Joel
Harrison, W5ZN, to ''review concerns'' directly with Gahagan.
Subsequently, at the direction of the EC, ARRL Executive Vice
President David Sumner, K1ZZ, wrote Gahagan setting out five points
that had to be addressed and resolved ''with regard to the
administration of the ARRL emergency communications program'' in
Virginia. After considering Gahagan's reply, the EC met in a
teleconference and vacated the position.

In January, the ARRL Board of Directors revised rules to--among
other changes--require anyone removed by action of the Executive
Committee to get that committee's consent to be eligible to run
again. The Board also gave the EC the power to cancel any field
organization appointment ''whenever it appears to be in the best
interest of the ARRL to do so.'' Rules in place for this election
cycle did not prevent Gahagan from running again, however.

In the Pacific Section, Schneider, an ARRL Life Member from Keaau,
Hawaii, and a former SM, replaces Ron Phillips, AH6HN, who decided
not to run for a third term.

Incumbent SMs returned to office without opposition were Pete
Cecere, N2YJZ, Eastern New York; Eric Olena, WB3FPL, Eastern
Pennsylvania; Mickey Cox, K5MC, Louisiana; John Covington, W4CC,
North Carolina, and Kent Tiburski, K6FQ, San Diego. Tiburski had
been serving out the unexpired term of former SM Tuck Miller, NZ6T,
elected last fall as Southwestern Division Vice Director.

Two-year terms for all successful candidates begin April 1.
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