Nominees for Election 2018
The Vestry and Nominating Committee are pleased to announce the candidates for our 2018 parish elections, which will take place on Sunday, January 28. The polls will be open from 7:45 a.m until 12:45 p.m. (Qualified voters who wish to vote before then can obtain absentee ballots from the parish office.)
Because an incumbent Vestry member moved away, we will be electing five Vestry members – one more than usual; this fifth elected member will serve for one year. Every other elected candidate will serve a three-year term.
This year, each voter will be required to cast a vote for every open position; any ballot not containing a vote for every open position will not be valid. Please read on for details on this new process.
Our Priest-in-Charge, the Wardens, and the Vestry have taken a step to improve the balloting process for parish elections. This year, there are five vacancies for Vestry and two for Diocesan Delegate, and our bylaws require us to have at least two candidates for each vacancy. In the past, voters have been customarily permitted to cast votes for fewer than the number of vacancies. (So, for example, a voter might vote for only one candidate or two, when several seats were to be filled – unfairly giving undue weight to those few votes!) This practice doesn’t acknowledge that our Vestry election, while contested, is not a confrontational race like a political election, but rather a community project aimed at raising up lay leaders among us. Our elections enable us choose from among a group of parishioners who have offered themselves in servant-leadership. We look for a combination of talents, experience, and personalities that will enable St. Alban’s to serve God in our community and throughout the world.
To honor the candidates, and the process, we will now require each voter to vote for every vacancy in any election where there are multiple seats to be filled – this year, election for Vestry and election for Diocesan Delegates. A ballot that fails to have a vote for every vacancy in a category (five for Vestry candidates, two for Diocesan Delegate) will not have its votes in that category counted. So, if a voter casts two votes for Diocesan Delegate, but only three votes for Vestry, none of those Vestry votes will be counted. (This doesn’t apply to the Junior Warden election, as there is only one seat to fill.)
This of course makes it very important to get to know all the candidates. To help you do this, the candidates’ photos and statements are published online and available in the Narthex; the candidates presented themselves at the Candidates Forum on January 14 and their video statements are available below; and, of course, the candidates are living and worshiping among us and would welcome contact with voters. What a wonderful opportunity to get to know more of your fellow parishioners!
For Junior Warden (vote for one)
Trevor (Ted) Swett III
For Vestry (vote for five)
William (Bill) Cline
Sara Beth Watson
Megan Barber King
Lara McCoy Roslof
For Diocesan Delegate (vote for one)
Barbara Bolling Manard