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NLC's election process for 1993 leadership is underway.

The nomination and election process that will culminate at the New Orleans Congress of Cities began last month when NLC President Glenda E. Hood appointed an 11-member nominating committee, chaired by Immediate Past President Sidney J. Barthelemy, mayor of New Orleans. It will conclude on December 1 when delegates to the Congress of Cities elect NLC officers and members of the Board of Directors at the Annual Business Meeting.

In order to make sure every NLC member understands this process and can participate, the Board of Directors last July approved changes to the Annual Business Meeting rules and procedures to clarify the election process. The Board also directed staff to increase efforts to make information about the nomination and election process available to assist members who are interested in nominating an individual or being nominated for a leadership position.

Delegates will elect the president, first vice president, and second vice president for one year terms, 19 members of the Board of Directors for two-year terms, and two members of the Board of Directors for one-year terms. There are 19 Board members, elected last year in Las Vegas, who will remain on the Board for another year. The NLC Bylaws provide for 40-member Board in addition to the president, vice president, second vice president, and all past presidents still in elective office.

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee will hold an open hearing on Sunday, November 29, beginning at 2 p.m. in Rooms 20 and 22 at the New Orleans Convention Center. The purpose of the hearing is to give delegates an opportunity to recommend names for consideration by the committee for officers and Board members.

In many cases, the names of potential candidates are submitted by letter to the Nominating Committee before the hearing. During the hearing, names are placed in nomination, followed by brief seconding speeches and remarks by the candidates. Nominations for officer positions are limited to five minutes including remarks by the candidate.

Nominations for Board members are limited to three minutes including the candidate's own statement. The committee chair will call for nominations by state in alphabetical order.

The Nominating Committee will hold a closed working meeting on Monday morning, November 30, to agree on a recommended slate. The report of the Nominating Committee will be made in writing and posted at both the NLC headquarters, Rooms 15 and 17, and the NLC Policy Office, Room 11, at the Convention Center by 8 a.m. on Tuesday, December 1.

Copies of the report will be distributed at the Annual Business

Meeting. Mayor Barthelemy will present the committee's report to the delegates.

Candidate Data Form

In order to ensure that members of the Nominating Committee have basic information on all candidates for office, the Board recommended that a candidate date form be developed.

The form asks candidates to summarize their public service experience and involvement in both NLC and state municipal league activities, and provide general information about their position and the city or town in which they hold office. Copies of the form may be obtained from NLC offices in Washington, from state municipal leagues, or from the NLC headquarters on site at the New Orleans Convention Center.

Additional Nominations

Under the revised procedures adopted by the Board, additional nominations may be made by petition for consideration during the Annual Business Meeting. Petitions must be signed by 10 voting delegates and submitted to the NLC Policy Office at the Convention Center by 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 1.

The process for submitting a nomination petition is identical to the process for proposed policy statements and resolutions to the floor of the Annual Business Meeting. This earlier notice of nominations, in addition to the Nominating Committee's slate, will allow sufficient lead time to prepare for the voting process during the meeting.

The revised procedures require that a written ballot be used when there are nominations by petition and that petition candidates run against the entire slate in the category in which they are nominated. For example, if a candidate is nominated for a one-year seat on the Board, he or she would run against the two candidates presented by the committee for those slots. The top two vote getters would win one-year seats on the Board.

Petition forms will be available for the NLC Policy Office at the convention center.
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Title Annotation:National League of Cities
Author:Becker, Christine
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Nov 2, 1992
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