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2018 Board of Directors and Community Action Election Results

The election results are in! Wheatsville has two new Directors and two returning incumbent Directors. We’ve also chosen ten non-profit organizations to benefit from our Community Action program. Thanks to all of our Owners who voted and congratulations to all four of our election winners: Jason Bourgeois, Lyz Nagan, MeriJayd O'Connor, and Don Jackson.

As with any properly functioning democracy, elections are a required and critical part of the process. Most co-ops today are guided by the Seven Cooperative Principles laid out by International Co-operatives Alliance, the basic statement of which were set out by the Rochdale Pioneers in the mid-1800s. The second cooperative principle, and arguably the defining characteristic of a cooperative, is Democratic Member Control requiring cooperatives to be “democratic organizations controlled by their members—those who buy the goods or use the services of the cooperative—who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions.” For Wheatsville, this means that we depend on those Owners who are willing to give the time and energy required in order to participate in this important way.

Less than a thousand owners voted this year. There are now over 21,000 Wheatsville owners and we know we can do better! Remember, as an owner, you have a voice and every year we need to hear from you when it’s time to choose the owners you want to lead Wheatsville!

2018 Wheatsville Election Results 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS  (top 4 in blue have been elected)

Jason Bourgeois


elected for 3 year term

Lyz Nagan


elected for 3 year term

MeriJade O'Connor


elected for 3 year term

Don Jackson


elected for 3 year term
Brian Mikulencak 404 not elected
Brandon Hines 323 not elected

COMMUNITY ACTION ( the top 10 in blue have been selected)



People's Community Clinic


Meals on Wheels Central Texas


Central Texas Food Bank


Hospice Austin


Urban Roots


Austin Pets Alive!


Workers Defense Project


Sustainable Food Center


Caritas of Austin


Ecology Action 415
Save Our Springs 401
Farmshare 350
Austin Clubhouse 324
Farm 1-1 251
Colorado River Alliance 212
Austin Cooperative Business Association 195
We Viva 185

*Honey Bee Protection Agency received 577 votes, but did not meet the requirements for Community Action Groups. Caritas, the next group with the most votes will therefore be included in the 2018 Community Action Calendar schedule.

Votes received by:   
   mail 15
   email 328
   in-store 563 (Guadalupe 169, S. Lamar 394)
   Total Valid Ballots 813
   invalid ballots 9