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Election Central 2018: Call for ASMP National Board Candidate Declarations

By January 2, 2018May 10th, 2018Election Central, Strictly Business Blog

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This is to announce the call for 2018 candidate declarations for the ASMP National Board of Directors. If you are a current ASMP Professional Member and are interested in serving on the National Board, please review the election process and candidate protocol below.

Becoming a Candidate

In 2018, the National Board will have 12 members, who must be Professional Members or Life Members of ASMP. (Professional Members were formerly known as General Members.) Each board member serves a three-year term, and the terms are staggered so that four members are up for election each year. A board member can run for reelection, but cannot serve more than two terms (6 years) in a row.

Unlike many organizations, at ASMP there is no nominating process. Rather, candidates for office declare their own candidacy by filing this form (PDF). The declaration must be received in the National office by midnight, Friday, January 5, 2018 for the upcoming election in March 2018.

The new board members will begin their terms at the time of the annual Board meeting in June 2018.

An essay by past ASMP President Reagan Bradshaw offers an excellent view of the responsibilities and rewards of board service. Read the essay.

2018 Election Timetable and Process

December 15, 2017 – January 5, 2018: Candidates declare their intent to run for office.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018: Deadline for candidates to provide their ballot information and statements. Each candidate’s statement is limited to 500 words and will be part of the official ballot materials. National Board members do not endorse candidates. Candidates may seek the endorsement of other ASMP members and include the endorsers’ names in their official statements.

Before that deadline, candidates’ endorsers may furnish supplemental information that is published only on this website (and has its own word-count limit of 300 words (approximately one page/double-spaced). Many members find that the extra statements are helpful. The supplemental endorsements are displayed with each candidate’s ballot statement.

February 1 – February 21, 2018: All voting members are encouraged to submit questions for the Candidate Q&A. More information about the Candidate Q&A will be posted in late January.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018: Candidate Q&A responses are posted and voting begins. Members must cast their ballots on or before March 15.

Thursday, March 15, 2018: Last day to vote. Voting is online, and the poll stays open until midnight (Eastern Standard Time).

Friday, March 16, 2018: Ballots are unsealed and the counting begins.

Friday, March 23, 2018: Results are confirmed, the candidates are notified, and the results are published to the membership.

Any questions about becoming a candidate or about the election process, please submit to



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