Election

2018 CGJA ELECTION

We invite you to consider becoming a candidate for CGJA director or recommending another CGJA member as a candidate. It is nominations time and contrary to a popular misconception, it is perfectly OK to recommend yourself.

Every year, we elect 6 of our 12-member board: 2 from each region for 2-year terms. The board establishes management-related policies, makes decisions on major association issues, and generally oversees the association’s activities – carried out mainly through board committees. The term of office for this election is November 2018 to 2020.

Being a director is a very rewarding experience. You have a direct say in how we carry out CGJA’s mission to promote, preserve, and support the grand jury system through training, education, and outreach. And you work with a group of wonderful, committed people from all over the state.

When considering candidacy, it is important to understand the requirements. A director (1) must be a voting CGJA member on July 31, 2018 and throughout the term, and (2) must reside in the region represented. It is desirable to have had some experience with CGJA or its chapters (e.g., committee membership, chapter officer). To learn more, please check Director Responsibilities.

To find out more, read the current meeting agenda and minutes of past board meetings. These are available on the About CGJA page of our website: cgja.org/board-information. If interested in running, attend a board meeting held via computer and telephone on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Linkages to the meeting are at the top of the current meeting agenda.

Nominations are now open and should be submitted to nominations@cgja.org. The timetable follows:

 Nominations close  May 31
 Candidate statement submitted  June 8
 Ballot submitted to Board  June 17
 Membership closes for eligibility to vote  July 31
 Ballot mailed  Aug. 10
 Ballot returned  Sept. 10
 Ballots counted and reported to Board and candidates  Sept. 14
 Results announced in October Journal and at Annual Conference  Oct. 1-2

 

The CGJA Nominations-Elections Committee (NEC) oversees the nomination and election of directors. Its primary duty is to seek out the most competent CGJA members to serve as directors.

Committee members, who may be contacted for any questions regarding this election, are as follows:

 North Region
 Director  John Heckel (Humboldt)  john.heckel@humboldt.edu
 Member  Marsha Caranci (Shasta)  caranci@aol.com
 Central Region
 Director  Joann Landi (San Mateo)  joannelandi@aol.com
 Member  Karin Hern (Marin)  karinhern2322@comcast.net
 South Region
 Director/Chair  Lou Panetta (Monterey)  nominations@cgja.org
 Member  Jim Ragan (San Luis Obispo)  jim.ragan@charter.net

 

Any questions about this election may be referred to nominations@cgja.org or by phone to Lou Panetta, NEC Chair, at 415-793-4577.