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 okay 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 2024 to 2026.

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 civil 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, 2024 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: Board Information. If interested in running, attend a board meeting held via Zoom or telephone on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Linkages to the meeting are at the top of the current meeting agenda.

To submit a nomination for yourself or other eligible CGJA member, send an email to nominations@cgja.org.


Nominations close May 31, 2024
Candidate statement submitted June 15, 2024
Ballot submitted to Board June 26, 2024
Membership closes for eligibility to vote July 31, 2024
Voting begins August 15, 2024
Voting ends September 15, 2024
Ballots counted and reported to President and candidates September 30, 2024
Results announced at Annual Membership Meeting and in October Journal October 20, 2024

The 2024 Candidate Statements can be found here: North Region, Central Region, and South Region.

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:


Chair Karen Deeming Merced
North Region
Director Karen Jahr Shasta
Member Ray Frisbee Shasta
Central Region
Director Juliana Jones Mono
Member Jason Wacha San Mateo
South Region
Director Karen Deeming Merced
Member Lou Panetta Monterey

Any questions about this election may be referred to nominations@cgja.org or by phone to Karen Deeming at 209-617-6378.