At the 2024 Annual Meeting the membership will elect a total of four directors.
DISTRICTS SEATS SCHEDULED FOR ELECTION IN 2023:
One seat in District 1 (This district covers the northern areas of Accomack County from Parksley’s northern border to the Virginia-Maryland state line and includes Tangier and Smith islands.)
One seat in District 2 (This district covers the area of Melfa, in the south, to Parksley's northern border.)
Two seats in District 4 (This district covers the area from Nassawadox's northern boundary to the Eastern Shore's southern tip.)
DISTRICTS WITH NO SEATS SCHEDULED FOR ELECTION IN 2023:
- District 3 (This district covers the area between Melfa and Nassawadox.)
Members who are interested in running for a seat should contact the cooperative at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 757-787-9750 to request a 2024 Director Election Packet. The Director Election Packet has a Director Application that must be completed and returned to the cooperative. The packet also contains information regarding director elections and establishes a timeline for the process. The Director Application is used by the cooperative’s independent Credentials and Election Committee to determine if a candidate is eligible to run for a seat on the board. The director election window opens on March 1, 2024 and will close on Friday, April 26, 2024.
QUALIFICATION AND CERTIFICATION
Co-op members who are interested in running for either of these seats must have their primary residence in the seat’s district, be a member in good standing (no late co-op payments within the last 12 months), must be a co-op member for at least four years, have the capacity to enter into legally binding contracts and have no felony convictions. See the Cooperative Bylaws for the qualification.
The Credentials and Elections Committee uses these qualifications to certify candidates for the nomination process. Those prospective candidates who meet the director qualification criteria are then certified by the Credentials and Elections Committee and submitted to the Nominating Committee.
An independent nominating committee, representing the areas to elect directors, is appointed and selects the slate of candidates to be placed on the ballot at the cooperative’s annual meeting.
Nominating Committee members may not be an existing, or a close relative of an existing cooperative director, officer, employee, agent, representative or known director candidate.
The Nominating Committee uses the Director Application to help select a slate of candidates to bring before the general membership for election.
If a certified candidate is not nominated by the committee, they have the option to be nominated by member petition. If a candidate seeks a member petition nomination, they are required to collect the signatures of at least 200 members in good standing, who reside in the district of the eligible seat. The signatures must be delivered to the board’s secretary at least 75 days prior to the annual meeting.
Because candidates’ eligibility to run for the board seat must be certified well beforehand, no nominations are taken from the floor of the annual meeting.
A director is responsible for and must actively participate in the strategic direction of the business affairs of the cooperative. The Cooperative’s board of directors is very active. It is anticipated that each month a board member will be required to spend a minimum of 5-10 hours reviewing reports and documents, attend meetings of the Board of Directors. As local community members, directors are often called upon by the general membership regarding the local distribution system and cooperative.
On occasion, travel is required that may last 2-4 days at a time. Directors are required to represent the cooperative on committees and attending conferences. Most meetings are conducted during traditional business hours and require out-of-area attendance.