MEA Elections

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Elections Conducted by the Maine Education Association

 

Board of Directors

DEADLINE: 4:30pm on January 20, 2023

Board of Directors vacancies for election year 2023 exist in the following MEA Board of Directors Election Districts:

3-year terms:  A, C, G, I, K, L, P, ESP, MEA-Retired

2-year term:  J

See Elections Resources forms below for a list of all local associations within each Board Election District, or the “MED” column on Attachment I, which lists the Board District.

The Board of Directors duties include:

  • General interest of the Association.
  • Carry into effect all orders and resolutions of the Association not otherwise provided for.
  • Appoint and fix the salary of a full-time Executive Director.
  • Provide input to the preparation of the Association budget.
  • Manage the business and property affairs of this Association.
  • Charter governance affiliates: censure, suspend, or expel a governance affiliate pursuant to procedures adopted by the Board; communicate with and report to their constituency policies and actions of the Board of Directors.
  • Decide questions arising as to the interpretation of the provisions of this Constitution, Bylaws, and Standing Rules.
  • Attend meetings and the annual Board of Directors Retreat, ACT, Bargaining Council and Governance meetings within their district, MEA-sponsored conferences, the MEA Representative Assembly, and national governance meetings and training sessions as approved by the MEA President.
  • Serve on various MEA and other committees as requested by the MEA President and shall attend meetings associated with those committees.

Experience in Association leadership is recommended. All candidates should have flexible schedules for evening and weekend meetings and be available to travel occasionally on weekends and during the summer. Public speaking and meeting facilitation experience are highly recommended.

To become a candidate, the following must be completed by 4:30pm on January 20, 2023:

  1. Notice of Intent                                                            
  2. Biographical Sketch Form (part of the Notice of Intent) – for publication in the Maine Educator or other official MEA publication  (OPTIONAL)
  3. Submit a color or black and white photo – for publication in the Maine Educator or other official MEA publication to [email protected] (OPTIONAL)
  4. Candidate Campaign Statement (part of the Notice of Intent) – to be published on a separate sheet to accompany the ballot if there is more than one candidate.

Conduct of Elections

MEA will distribute the ballots to local presidents the week of February 6, 2023 if necessary. Unopposed candidates who seek election to the MEA Board of Directors will be declared elected by the MEA Elections Committee.

NEA Director

DEADLINE: 4:30pm on January 20, 2023 OR 4:30pm on April 20, 2023 (will not be included in any publications regarding elections)

Notice of Intent for Elections Conducted by MEA

One vacancy for election year 2023 exists for a NEA Director for a 3-year term. This position serves on the Board of Directors for NEA and MEA.

Duties include:

  • Implement policies established by the NEA Representative Assembly;
  • establish procedures and requirements for affiliation;
  • authorize the establishment of contractual relationships between the Association and non-affiliates groups;
  • set salaries of executive officers;
  • shall propose a budget for two fiscal years to the NEA RA;
  • shall meet four times per year to conduct the business of the Association, one meeting being held with connection to the Annual Meeting;
  • shall enact rules and procedures to govern the conduct of its meetings.

 

The candidate must have been an active member of the Association for at least two years preceding the election. The NEA Director is also charged with the roles and responsibilities of an MEA Board of Director’s member as described in Article V of the MEA Bylaws.

Experience in Association leadership is recommended. All candidates should have flexible schedules for evening and weekend meetings and be available to travel extensively on weekends, on school breaks, and during the summer. Public speaking and meeting facilitation experience are highly recommended.

To become a candidate, the following must be completed by 4:30pm on January 20, 2023:

  1. Notice of Intent
  2. Biographical Sketch Form (part of the Notice of Intent) – for publication in the Maine Educator or other official MEA publication (OPTIONAL)                                      
  3. Submit a color or black and white photo – for publication in the Maine Educator or other official MEA publication to [email protected] (OPTIONAL)

Conduct of Elections

Elections for candidates for NEA Director will be conducted by the MEA at the MEA Representative Assembly on May 21, 2023.  Unopposed candidates will be declared elected by the MEA Representative Assembly.

Maine Public Employees Retirement System Trustee

DEADLINE: 4:30pm on January 20, 2023 OR 4:30pm on April 20, 2023 (will not be included in any publications regarding elections)

Notice of Intent for Elections Conducted by MEA

One vacancy for election year 2023 exists for a ME Public Employees Retirement System (MePERS) Trustee for a 3-year term. Candidates must be members of the Retirement System through employment as a teacher. The successful candidate’s name will be submitted to the Legislature by the Governor and is subject to review by the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over retirement matters and to confirmation.

From mainepers.org

The responsibility for the operation of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System is held by the System’s Board of Trustees. State law specifies the composition of the Board, whose members are confirmed by the Legislature. All appointed trustees are required to have “a working knowledge of retirement policy and legal issues and a general knowledge and understanding of banking, finance and investment practices.”

Experience in Association leadership is recommended. All candidates should have flexible schedules for meetings and be available to travel to an annual meeting, and provide an annual report to the MEA RA. Public speaking experience is highly recommended.

To become a candidate, the following must be completed by 4:30pm on January 20, 2023:

  1. Notice of Intent
  2. Biographical Sketch Form (part of the Notice of Intent) – for publication in the Maine Educator or other official MEA publication (OPTIONAL)                                      
  3. Submit a color or black and white photo – for publication in the Maine Educator or other official MEA publication to [email protected] (OPTIONAL)

Conduct of Elections:

Elections for candidates for MEA’s MainePERS Trustee will be conducted by the MEA at the MEA Representative Assembly on May 21, 2023.  Unopposed candidates will be declared elected by the MEA Representative Assembly.

MEA-Representative Assembly

 

Higher Education, Maine Public Broadcasting and Student MEA Delegate/Alternate Openings

DEADLINE: 4:30pm on January 20, 2023

The following vacancies exist for members of higher ed and Maine Public Broadcasting for delegates and alternates to the Maine Education Association Representative Assembly.

ACSUM 4 delegates 4 alternates
AFUM 6 delegates 11 alternates
CCAA 1 delegate 1 alternate
CCFA 3 delegates 3 alternates
UMPSA 2 delegates 5 alternates
MPBC EA 1 delegate 1 alternate
Student MEA 0 delegates 0 alternates

 

To become a candidate, the following must be completed by 4:30pm on January 20, 2023:

  1. Notice of Intent
  2. Candidate Campaign Statement -to be published on a separate sheet to accompany the ballot if there is more than one                candidate.

 

Conduct of Elections

MEA will distribute the ballots to all members in their respective membership categories the week of February 6, 2023 if there is a contested election.  Unopposed candidates who seek election as MEA Representative Assembly delegates/alternates will be declared elected by the MEA Elections Committee and not have a ballot.

MEA Representative Assembly Clusters

1 delegate and 1 alternate seat for each cluster district

DEADLINE: 4:30pm on January 20, 2023

(see Attachment J to find local association cluster district)

District Term Exp.
Cluster District 1 2025
Cluster District 2 2026
Cluster District 3 2025
Cluster District 4 2025
Cluster District 5 2026
Cluster District 6 2025
Cluster District 7 2024
Cluster District 8 2024
Cluster District 9 2025
Cluster District 10 2024
Cluster District 11 2024
Cluster District 12 2026
Cluster District 15 2026
Cluster District 16 2026
Cluster District 17 2024
Cluster District 18 2024
Cluster District 19 2024
Cluster District 20 2024
Cluster District 21 2024
Cluster District 22 2026
Cluster District 23 2026
Cluster District 24 2026
Cluster District 25 2026

 

To become a candidate, the following must be completed by 4:30pm on January 20, 2023:

  1. Notice of Intent
  2. Candidate Campaign Statement -to be published on a separate sheet to accompany the ballot if there is more than one                candidate.

 

Conduct of Elections

MEA will distribute the ballots to all members in their respective membership categories the week of February 6, 2023 if there is a contested election.  Unopposed candidates who seek election as MEA Representative Assembly delegates/alternates will be declared elected by the MEA Elections Committee and not have a ballot.

MEA – Retired Delegate/Alternates for MEA Representative Assembly

DEADLINE: 4:30pm on January 20, 2023

The following vacancies exist for retired members for delegates and alternates to the Maine Education Association Representative Assembly.

Delegates – 5 vacancies                                                Alternates – 9 vacancies    

(5) 3-year terms                                                             (5) 3-year terms; (1) 2-year terms; and (3) 1-year term                             

Members of the MEA-Retired are eligible to file as candidates for delegate and/or alternate delegate seats.

To become a candidate, the following must be completed by 4:30pm on January 20, 2023:

  1. Notice of Intent
  2. Biographical Sketch (part of the Notice of Intent) – will accompany the ballot.

Conduct of Elections:

MEA will distribute ballots to all retired members in February should an election be required.  Unopposed candidates who seek election for MEA Representative Assembly delegate/alternate delegate will be declared elected by the MEA Elections Committee.

NEA-Representative Assembly (Elections conducted by MEA)

 

NEA Representative Assembly At-large Delegates and Alternates

DEADLINE: 4:30pm on January 20, 2023

NEA Representative Assembly At-large vacancies exist for 6 delegates and 6 alternates for 2-year terms for election year 2023.

To become a candidate, the following must be completed by 4:30pm on January 20, 2023:

  1. Notice of Intent
  2. Biographical Sketch Form (part of the Notice of Intent) – for publication in the Maine Educator or other official MEA publication (OPTIONAL)
  3. Submit a color or black and white photo – for publication in the Maine Educator or other official MEA publication to [email protected] (OPTIONAL)
  4. Candidate Campaign Statement – to be published on a separate sheet to accompany the ballot if there is more                                                 than one candidate.

Conduct of Elections

MEA will distribute the ballots to local presidents on the week of February 6, 2023 if necessary.  Unopposed candidates who seek election as NEA Representative Assembly At-Large Delegates and Alternates will be declared elected by the MEA Elections Committee.  Runners up will become alternates.

Guidelines for funding state delegates to the NEA RA as follows:

  1. Delegates are expected to arrive at the NEA Representative Assembly prior to the first Maine caucus and to remain throughout the entire
  2. Delegates are expected to attend all Maine caucus meetings at the Representative Assembly.
  3. Delegates are expected to be in attendance at all business sessions of the NEA Representative
  4. Delegates are expected to inform themselves appropriately and to participate in the voting process at the NEA Representative
  5. Delegates are encouraged to make an appropriate contribution to the NEA Fund for Children and Public
  6. Delegates are expected to coordinate with the MEA Leadership Team to assist in coverage of the NEA Representative Assembly committee meetings that precede the opening session of the NEA Representative
  7. Delegates may be excused from some sessions for official NEA-RA activities, illness, or other reason at the discretion of the Caucus

NEA Representative Assembly District Delegates and Alternates

DEADLINE: 4:30pm on January 20, 2023

NEA Representative Assembly District vacancies exist for delegates and alternates for Districts 20, 21, 22, 23 (alternate only), 24, 25 (alternate only), 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 (delegate only) for 1-year terms for election year 2023.

Candidates must be a member of a local association in the district which they are running for. For a list of all the local associations within a NEA district, see Attachment G – NEA Districts below, or use the “NED” column on Attachment I. All candidates interested in becoming a district delegate or alternate may run for a delegate or alternate seat.

To become a candidate, the following must be completed by 4:30pm on January 20, 2023:

  1. Notice of Intent
  2. Biographical Sketch Form (part of the Notice of Intent) – for publication in the Maine Educator or other official MEA publication (OPTIONAL)
  3. Submit a color or black and white photo – for publication in the Maine Educator or other official MEA publication to [email protected] (OPTIONAL)
  4. Candidate Campaign Statement – to be published on a separate sheet to accompany the ballot if there is more                                                 than one candidate.

Conduct of Elections

MEA will distribute the ballots to local presidents on the week of February 6, 2023 if necessary.  Unopposed candidates who seek election as NEA Representative Assembly District Delegates and Alternates will be declared elected by the MEA Elections Committee

 Guidelines for funding state delegates to the NEA RA as follows:

  1. Delegates are expected to arrive at the NEA Representative Assembly prior to the first Maine caucus and to remain throughout the entire
  2. Delegates are expected to attend all Maine caucus meetings at the Representative Assembly.
  3. Delegates are expected to be in attendance at all business sessions of the NEA Representative
  4. Delegates are expected to inform themselves appropriately and to participate in the voting process at the NEA Representative
  5. Delegates are encouraged to make an appropriate contribution to the NEA Fund for Children and Public
  6. Delegates are expected to coordinate with the MEA Leadership Team to assist in coverage of the NEA Representative Assembly committee meetings that precede the opening session of the NEA Representative
  7. Delegates may be excused from some sessions for official NEA-RA activities, illness, or other reason at the discretion of the Caucus

Adopted October 2007

MEA – Retired Delegate/Alternates for NEA Representative Assembly

DEADLINE: 4:30pm on January 20, 2023

Six (6) statewide vacancies exist for delegates to represent the MEA-Retired at the NEA Representative Assembly for one-year (1) terms.  Per the MEA-Retired By-Laws, two (2) vacancies for delegates are held by the MEA-Retired President and President-Elect.  Their alternates, in order, shall be the Secretary, Information Coordinator, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, and the Immediate Past President.

 

To become a candidate, the following must be completed by 4:30pm on January 20, 2023:

  1. Notice of Intent
  2. Biographical Sketch (part of the Notice of Intent) – will accompany the ballot.

Conduct of Elections:

MEA will distribute ballots to retired members in February should an election be required.  Candidates may run for delegate or alternate delegate positions. Delegates shall be ranked according to the highest number of votes received. If there is more than one candidate for a delegate position, the candidate receiving the highest number of votes becomes the delegate. The candidate receiving the second highest number of votes will become the first alternate delegate, and so on. A candidate may also run for an alternate seat only. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes becomes the first alternate, and so on. However, if there is more than one candidate for the delegate position, the candidates running for alternate seats would succeed a candidate who receives the second highest number of votes for the delegate position, and so on. Unopposed candidates who seek election for NEA Representative Assembly delegate/alternate delegate will be declared elected by the MEA Elections Committee.

 

Elections Conducted by Local Governance Affiliates

 

MEA-Representative Assembly (Elections conducted by Local Associations)

DEADLINE: 4:30pm on January 20, 2023

Notice of Intent (K-12 Local Affiliate)

Vacancies for election year 2023 exist for local associations for MEA Representative Assembly delegates/alternates. Attachment I found below lists delegate/alternate allocations for all local associations, as well as the names of delegates/alternates whose terms have not expired.

To become a candidate, the following must be completed by 4:30pm on January 20, 2023:

  1. Notice of Intent (K – 12 Local Affiliate) – submit this form to your local president by January 20, 2023.

Conduct of Elections

The local association will distribute ballots to all members if the number of Notices of Intent received exceeds the number of vacancies allocated to the local association. Unopposed candidates who seek election as MEA Representative Assembly delegates/alternates will be declared elected by the MEA Elections Committee. Following the election, the local president must submit the Certificate of Election by 4:30pm on March 10, 2023.