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Who Will Lead the Sierra Club?

Election for Club Board of Directors Under Way

You could hardly find a more persuasive argument for voting than the 2000 presidential election. A handful of votes made the difference between President Al Gore and President George W. Bush.

For additional information about the Sierra Club's Board of Directors Election, see sierraclub.org/bod/2004election

Perhaps the stakes aren’t quite so high for the Sierra Club’s election for the national Board of Directors, but your vote can affect the direction of the Club in the coming years. The board sets Club policy and budgets at the national level and works closely with the staff to run the Club.

The Sierra Club is a democratically structured organization at all levels that requires the regular flow of views on policy and priorities from its grassroots membership in order to function well. Voting in elections at all levels of the Club is both a privilege and responsibility of membership. Only 8.7 percent of Club members voted in the last national election. To ensure the democratic traditions of the Club, it’s important that we do all we can to encourage fellow members to vote.

Members often say they don’t know enough about the candidates. To find out more, talk with your group and chapter leaders, and other experienced members. All Club members of record on January 31, 2004, will receive candidate statements and ballots by mail. Starting in early March, you can also find them at sierraclub.org/bod/2004election, along with candidate responses to questions posed by volunteer leaders. You can also cast your vote electronically. Below is an alphabetical list of names of the candidates:

Nick Aumen (nominating committee candidate)

Phillip Berry (petition candidate)

Morris Dees (petition candidate)

Ed Dobson (nominating committee candidate)

Michael Dorsey (nominating committee candidate)

Chad Hanson (nominating committee candidate)

Barbara Herz (petition candidate)

Dave Karpf (nominating committee candidate)

Richard Lamm (petition candidate)

Kim McCoy (petition candidate)

Frank Morris (petition candidate)

Jan O’Connell (nominating committee candidate)

David Pimentel (petition candidate)

Sanjay Ranchod (nominating committee candidate)

Lisa Renstrom (nominating committee candidate)

Karyn Strickler (petition candidate)

Robert Roy van de Hoek (petition candidate)

You must cast your vote by April 21. To vote electronically, you need to enter your membership number and PIN number, which are on the ballot you will receive in the mail.



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