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50th Year of Voting
08/17/2017

Julius Pañares By: Susan Yutzey, OELMA Past President

On Friday, August 18, 2017, voting opens for the 50th time in OELMA’s history. At its May Board meeting, the OELMA Board of Directors approved the slate of candidates recommended by the Nominations Sub-committee. Voting is open until September 29, 2017. We urge you to Get Out and Vote! Although there are no contested positions, voting demonstrates to each candidate that you support them and will continue to support them throughout their term of office. Voting, whether it is at the national, state, or local level is a civic responsibility. Voting for your Association’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee is a responsibility too. As American author and social critic, James Howard Kunster, once said “Human settlements are like living organisms. They must grow, and they will change. But we can decide on the nature of that growth – on the quality and the character of it – and where it ought to go…” OELMA has changed over the course of its 50-year history. It has changed because of the investment each of its members makes in determining the nature of the change – the quality, the character, the direction of the change. So when that e-ballot comes to your inbox this Friday, don’t cast it aside – open it, read the impressive candidate biographies, and vote. At OELMA’s Annual Meeting on Friday, October 20, 2017, each candidate will be introduced to the membership. Be sure and introduce yourself and show them your support!