Elections for seven, or perhaps eight, board positions will be held on Sunday, June 27, the final day of the 27th Annual Convention of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. Voting will take place during the annual meeting that day.
Those interested may run for the following positions:
— Secretary, currently held by Sioux Watson, publisher of Independent Weekly in Durham, N.C.
— Treasurer, currently held by Mark Bartel, publisher of City Pages in Minnesota’s Twin Cities.
— Admissions Chair, currently held by Kenneth Neill, publisher of The Memphis Flyer.
— Marketing Chair, currently held by Paul Curci, publisher of Philadelphia City Paper.
— Three At-Large Positions, currently held by Paula Routly, co-publisher and co-editor of Seven Days in Burlington, Vt.; Matt Gibson, publisher of the Missoula Independent in Montana; and Penelope Huston, classified manager of the Santa Barbara Independent in California.
— Diversity Chair, currently held by Mike Lenehan, executive editor of the Chicago Reader.
The term for each position is two years — with the exception of the at-large position held by Huston, which has one year remaining. A Diversity Chair will be selected only if AAN members at the annual meeting approve a bylaw amendment making the chair a permanent seat.
Two of the current office holders have decided not to run again. They are marketing chair Paul Curci and at-large member Matt Gibson. The others have all announced that they intend to seek a subsequent term.
To learn more about the responsibilities of serving on the board, contact AAN Executive Director Richard Karpel at the AAN office or any current board members. AAN members should notify Karpel of their intention to run for a board seat by Friday, May 28, in order to be profiled in an upcoming article on the AAN Web site. Those who do not announce their candidacy in advance may still run for a position on the Board if they are nominated from the floor during the annual meeting.
In addition, members who are interested in serving on one of AAN’s standing committees can notify Karpel or the present chairperson of the committee. Members may also volunteer for committee positions during the convention. Sign-up sheets for each committee will be posted in the registration area throughout the convention.