The Food Conspiracy Co-op will elect new Board of Directors members in the spring, with the winners announced at the Annual Meeting in early March. This election will fill 5 seats. Each seat serves a three-year term, adjusted according to the Bylaws if necessary to ensure continuity on the Board. (see Bylaws, Article 4.3).
Interested in running for the Food Conspiracy Co-op’s Board of Directors? Head over to the Board of Directors page of this website and download an application.
To run for the board, you must be 18 or older, have been a primary or secondary owner of the co-op for six months prior to the election, and have no conflict of interest with the co-op (Conflict of Interest is explored in Bylaw Article 4.7)
The Food Conspiracy Board will officially endorse up to nine candidates. To receive an endorsement from the Board of Directors you must meet the below minimum requirements:
- Attend at least two regular meetings of the Board of Directors in 2013. Board meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month from 6:30pm-8:30pm. There is no meeting in the month of July.
- Attend an Orientation for Prospective Board Candidates sessions scheduled throughout the year. 2013 Schedule: Saturday, Sept 14; Wed, September 18th; Sat, October 12th; Wed, Oct 16th. Wednesday sessions will run from 6–7 p.m. and Saturday sessions from noon to 1 p.m. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what session you plan to attend.
- Agree to abide by the Director’s Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct.
- Submit your candidate application, two references, and a picture of yourself, to the Elections Committee before 5 p.m. on November 1, 2013, in electronic format.
- In the event that more candidates meet all endorsement requirements than the Board can officially endorse (2 candidates +1 per vacancy), each candidate will be interviewed by an interview committee (to include 2 Board Members and 2 non Board Members). Interviews will be held on Saturday November 2nd, and Monday, November 4th. After the interviews, the interview committee will make recommendations about which candidates will be endorsed.
Owners may also nominate themselves for a seat on the Board by submitting a petition signed by 100 owners or one percent of the total number of owners in good standing, whichever is greater (see Bylaws, Article 4.3). Petitions must be submitted by November 1, 2013, in accordance with Bylaw 4.3. While nomination by petition is acceptable, the elections committee strongly encourages interested owners to fulfill the endorsement requirements, as this is the best way to ensure that potential Board members fully understand the work and responsibilities of the Board.
Candidates will have opportunities to present themselves to their fellow owners at two “meet the candidates” events in the month of February, when voting is happening, and through candidates’ statements published in the co-op newsletter.