Elections & Nominations

Nominations Are Open! 

In January and Feburary, MSEA members will vote for a new president, vice-president, one NEA director, and four MSEA directors to lead MSEA through an uncertain time for public education. As Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos threaten federal education funding and Governor Hogan joins their cause in deconstructing neighborhood schools, educators must stand strong—raising the volume on our message of equity in resources, quality schools for every child, and compassion and respect for families and their communities. Nominations are open to help lead the charge.
 

Open Positions:

President 
Three-year term: 8/1/18 – 7/31/21
The president is the full-time leader of MSEA and serves as the chief spokesperson and representative. Among many other duties, the president presides at all association meetings, appoints chairpersons and members of MSEA committees and consults with the executive director on MSEA policies and programs.

Vice president
Three-year term: 8/1/18 – 7/31/21
The vice president represents the president as needed and performs duties assigned by the president, such as representing MSEA members on statewide committees and task forces, or as directed by the MSEA bylaws.

MSEA Director
Three-year term: 8/1/18 – 7/31/21
MSEA’s Board of Directors is comprised of three officers, eight MSEA directors, and four NEA directors. The board is responsible for the fiscal affairs and general management of the association, the interpretation/implementation of policies, the preparation of the proposed two-year budget, and much more.

NEA Director
Three-year term: 9/1/2018–8/31/2021
NEA’s Board of Directors consists of at least one director from each state affiliate plus an additional one for every 20,000 active members. With 72,000 members, MSEA has four NEA directors. NEA directors are also members of MSEA’s Board of Directors.

MSEA Delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly and Convention
Every year, MSEA members elect nearly 70 of their colleagues to represent MSEA as delegates to the annual NEA Representative Assembly (RA). These state delegates, plus delegates elected by each of MSEA’s 39 local associations, comprise the MSEA delegation to the RA. Over the course of the RA, they debate the vital issues that impact American public education and set association policy and activities for the year ahead.
 

3 Steps to Becoming a Candidate

Open seats: MSEA President; MSEA Vice President; NEA Director (1 seat); MSEA Director (4 seats); and MSEA delegates to the 2018 NEA Representative Assembly. Candidates for NEA Director must be members since 2016. Retired and administrator candidates are exempt from NEA office. All candidates must be willing to run and serve. One MSEA director seat will be filled at a special election (to fill a vacated seat) at the 2017 MSEA Representative Assembly.

1. Complete and submit the official Nomination, Intent, and Biography forms. Resumés are not accepted.

2. Optional: Include a personal statement for each position sought. See form for rules on personal statement. 

3. Optional: Submit a 3-minute video (officer candidates only) and/or an original or high resolution digital photo. One photo only. Photos are not returned.

Candidate information will appear on the official 2018 MSEA Election website on January 29, 2018 in alphabetical order per position sought.
 

MSEA General Election Schedule

October 18 • Deadline for forms from candidates who wish to speak at the 2017 Convention.

October 20-21 • Delegates and visitors hear eligible candidates speak at the 2017 Convention.

November 17 • All forms due at MSEA headquarters by 5:00 p.m.

January 29 • Voting begins at 9:00 a.m.

February 23 • Voting closes at 5:00 p.m.

February 27 • Election results validated and released.
 

Special Election: 2017 MSEA Representative Assembly

Delegates will elect one member to MSEA’s Board of Directors at the Representative Assembly October 20–21 to fill the seat vacated by MSEA’s Treasurer.

There are two ways to become a candidate:

1. Complete this form.
2. Announce your candidacy at the 2017 Representative Assembly.

Deadline for nominations:
Nominations will close on October 20 at the 2017 Representative Assembly.
Candidates may address delegates and visitors. Winner announced October 20 at the 2017 Representative Assembly.

Events

Early Career Educators Summit

November 4, 2017 - 8:30am to 3:30pm

MSEA Convention