USEP is gearing up for Election for the three year term that begins in June.Â Current USEP President Lynne Webb recently confirmed that she will not seek reelection.Â Webb served as President for fifteen years.Â Prior to that, she served as a classroom teacher and a USEP Business Representative.
Nomination forms and criteria are available on the USEP website/Resources page and are being sent to the worksites.Â All nomination forms must be turned into the USEP office by December 19th. Only union members may sign nomination forms and vote in the election.Â Â
Who Can Run for Office?
To run for most USEP offices or as a delegate, you must be a USEP dues-paying member in good standing since November 26th.Â Some additional requirements apply to the offices of President and Vice Presidents.
President and Vice Presidents: To run for these positions, a member must have served the past year as an active building representative, executive board member, or officer.Â A building Representative is considered to be active if he/she is a Certified or Master building rep OR has attended at least five major functions within the past year. While, a member may be either a teacher or SRP to run for President, a member must be an SRP to run for SRP Vice President and a teacher to run for Teacher Vice President.Â Any member, teacher or SRP, may sign the official nomination form for a USEP Officer.
Secretary-Treasurer: Any member may run for this office or sign the official nomination form.
Executive Board: A member must be a teacher to run for Teacher Executive Board seats and an SRP to run for SRP Executive Board seats. The nomination form requires ten (10) signatures of USEP members in good standing from the applicable unitâ€”teacher or SRP.
Nomination Forms: Members interested in running for Officer or Executive Board must complete the Official Officer or Executive Board Member Nomination Form which requires ten (10) signatures of USEP members in good standing as specified above. USEP nomination forms are available from your building rep, by contacting the USEP office, or online.
To run for delegate to any of the conventions (see reverse), a member must complete a separate Official Delegate Nomination Form for each convention.Â To be nominated as a delegate, a candidate must submit the Delegate Nomination form with the signatures of two (2) USEP members in good standing from the applicable unit. Delegate nomination forms are available from your building rep, the USEP office or online.
Supervisor of Elections to conduct balloting.Â To ensure fairness and accuracy, the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections will conduct USEPâ€™s elections for USEP officers, executive board members and convention delegates. USEP will pay the Division to mail ballots to worksites for USEP members to complete and return by mail to the Elections Supervisor. Return postage will be prepaid.
In the unlikely event that the elections for USEP officers and executive board are uncontested, the USEP Elections Committee will conduct the balloting for convention delegates via paper ballots and the courier system.