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 2017 to 2019.
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, 2017 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 Member Business 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 9
Ballot submitted to Board June 20
Membership closes for eligibility to vote July 31
Ballot mailed Aug.30
Ballot returned Sept. 30
Ballots counted and reported to Board and candidates Oct. 9
Results announced in October Journal and at Annual Conference Oct. 29
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/Chair Jerry Kunkle (Butte) nominations@cgja.org
 Member Marsha Caranci (Shasta) caranci@aol.com
Central Region    
 Director Lloyd Bell (Contra Costa) lloyd.bell@comcast.net
 Member Karin Hern (Marin) karinhern2322@comcast.net
South Region    
 Director Jim Ragan (San Luis Obispo) jimragan@charter.net
 Member Jerry Lewi (Ventura) cgjaprguy@roadrunner.com

Any question about this election may be referred to nominations@cgja.org or by phone to Jerry Kunkle, NEC Chair, at 530-873-1268.