Board elections - Spring 2019

SunCoast Market Co-op is executively managed by an elected Board of Directors. The primary responsibilities of the Board of Directors are to provide overall direction and ensure the long-range security and viability of the Co-op, and to develop policies necessary to carry out the duties of the board and the functions of the cooperative! The directors are elected by our owner-members. We are currently operating with an interm board of volunteers who have been getting things up and running. Now that we have over 250 owner-members, it’s time to elect our first board!

The terms of election are as follows:

  • As a result of the first Board election in 2019, Board Directors will serve one, two or three year terms depending on the number of votes received (i.e. the three Directors with the highest vote tallies will serve three-year terms)
  • Thereafter, Board Directors will be elected for three-year terms, staggered so that only three of the nine positions are up for election each year

Eligibility and Expectations

Per our Bylaws, a nomination committee will develop the process and materials for each election. Eligibility:

  • Member of a household or business/organization that has been a SunCoast owner-member for at least six months prior to date that voting opens
  • Only one individual per ownership is eligible to serve on the Board of Directors at a time
  • Eighteen years of age or older
  • Must be able to use email and Internet for Board communications
  • Is committed to a 3 year term

Below are the expectations for anyone running for a board position:

  • Candidates must understand the requirements for a Board of Directors position. Once elected, the Board will also elect it’s officers, including President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Position descriptions are available in the Candidate Packet.
  • Candidates must agree to and sign the Code of Conduct provided in the Candidate Packet.
  • Each candidate is expected to complete the application, including a short personal statement and photo that will be posted on this website for owner-members to view when voting. Applications are due by March 3rd.
  • Candidates may receive a call from the nomination committee to discuss their candidacy.
  • Each candidate is expected to attend an orientation session on Feb 4th.
  • Each candidate is expected to attend at least 1 board meeting prior to election.
  • Each candidate will have the opportunity to give a brief statement at the candidate Meet and Greet on April 15th.
Read our bylaws View director description View Officer Description View Code of Conduct

How to apply:

  1. Download candidate packet below
  2. Review all materials
  3. Complete and submit application
  4. Attend a board meeting
  5. Attend candidate orientation
  6. Attend Candidate Meet & Greet

Candidate Timeline:

2/4 Candidate Packets Available

2/18; 3/18 Attend Board Meeting

2/7  Candidate Orientation

3/3 Applications Due

4/2 Voting Opens

4/15 Candidate Meet and Greet

4/25 Voting Closes

4/26 Count Votes

4/27 Notify Candidate of Results

5/20 Annual Meeting and New Board Announced

6/3 First Meeting/Officer Election

Download Candidate Packet Complete Your Application

Voting

All owner-members will be sent a newsletter by the end of January (at their address on file) announcing elections. Voting will be available by mail, in person, and online.

Voting Timeline:

4/2 Voting Opens

4/15 Candidate Meet and Greet Open Board Meeting

4/25 Voting Closed

4/26 Count Votes

5/20 Annual Meeting and New Board Announced

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