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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

643

elected for 3 year term

Lyz Nagan

596

elected for 3 year term

MeriJade O'Connor

527

elected for 3 year term

Don Jackson

493

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)

SAFE

627

People's Community Clinic

592

Meals on Wheels Central Texas

589

Central Texas Food Bank

557

Hospice Austin

534

Urban Roots

522

Austin Pets Alive!

495

Workers Defense Project

483

Sustainable Food Center

477

Caritas of Austin

475

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

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