Central Co-op is a solidarity cooperative, which means we're owned by multiple classes of owners: The customers who shop at our grocery stores, and the workers who operate those stores. The voices of our owners are represented in Co-op governance via our Board of Trustees.
The Nominating Committee (also known as the NomCom) is an owner-elected committee tasked with recruiting suitable candidates for Board of Trustee positions.
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Elected by the ownership of Central Co-op and serving three year terms, this governing body appoints, hires, or promotes a company president who steers operational progress. The Board of Trustees remains the legal steward of the cooperative.
The Board is also responsible for ensuring organizational performance on behalf of all of Central Co-op's owners. This work includes developing clearly stated expectations through developing Ends; delegating responsibility for, and authority over, the achievement of stated objectives; and monitoring compliance with written policies.
Shelby Summer Alexander
Board Vice Chair
What does the Board of Trustees not do?
The Board of Trustees does not make decisions about, become involved with, or take part in any of the day-to-day activities or decisions regarding the operation of Central Co-op. The board's sole official connection to the operations of the cooperative is through the Cooperative Executive Officer.
See your Board in action! Owners are welcome at Board meetings.
Central Co-op owners are welcome to attend meeting of the full Board of Trustees. At every Board meeting, trustees are in attendance, reports are heard and decisions are made regarding the important topics facing the Co-op.
The Nominating Committee (also known as the NomCom) is an owner-elected committee tasked with recruiting suitable candidates for Board of Trustee positions. The Nominating Committee's goal is that the Board is made up of qualified and knowledgeable Co-op owners who can represent the best interests of the membership.
The Nominating Committee is comprised of one consumer owner, one worker owner, and one Trustee, and terms are one year long.
Shelby Summer Alexander
Would you or anyone you know be a good candidate for the Board of Trustees or the NomCom? Drop us a line! Contact the Nominating Committee using the General Inquiries and Comments form
Central Co-op is a democratically governed organization. Our owners elect a Board of Trustees and a Nominating Committee to represent them, making the Annual Election a vital element of Central Co-op's governance.
Each active owner has one vote. You help choose other owners who sit on our Board and Nominating Committee, and set the long-term vision and priorities that ultimately guide the everyday efforts of the Co-op.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES CANDIDATES
Consumer-Member Seat: Three-year Term
Worker-Member Seat: Three-year Term
NOMINATING COMMITTEE CANDIDATES
Consumer-Member Seat: One-year Term
Worker-Member Seat: One-year Term
This year’s Annual Election will take place in-store and online from April 15 to April 27. Voting will also be open at the Annual Owner Meeting on April 28 from 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
We will have Voting Parties at each of our stores where you can meet your Board and Nominating Committee candidates, meet other owners, cast your ballots, and enjoy snacks in this celebration of co-op democracy:
Pearl Street Voting Party & Hard Hat Tour
Saturday, April 20
1:00 – 3:00 pm
4502 N. Pearl Street, Tacoma
Madison Street Voting Party
Wednesday, April 24
6:00 – 7:00 pm
1600 E. Madison Street, Seattle
Our Annual Owner Meeting is a great opportunity for Central Co-op owners' to learn about what's going on at their co-op, vote for the co-op's leadership and meet other active members.
THE FIVE WAYS TO VOTE
1. In person at the Co-op. There will be ballot boxes at our Seattle location and at the voting party April 24.
2. In person at the Tacoma Voting Party. We will have ballots and a ballot box at our Voting Party in Tacoma on Saturday April 20 from 1 – 3pm. You will also have a
chance to meet candidates running in this year’s election as well as a chance to get a sneak peak inside the new store!
3. By mail. Mail your completed ballot to:
1600 E Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98122
Ballots must be received by April 27 to be counted.
4. Online right here! This link will be active from 12 a.m. April 15 until 11:59 p.m. April 27.
On the voting website, your username is the email address we have on file for you, and your password is your co-op owner number. Please contact us if you need to add or update your email address or would like to know the email address we have on file.
5. In person at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 28 from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Assuming we meet quorum, the election results will be announced at the end of the meeting.
AM I ELIGIBLE?
Only active owners in good standing may vote. This means that you:
HOW DO CANDIDATES GET SEATED?
In our two contested elections, the candidate that receives the most votes will be seated to the Board or Nominating Committee so long as they also receive a majority of the vote. In our two uncontested elections, each candidate must be affirmed by a majority of voters to be seated. Should any of the four races end without a candidate meeting these requirements, the seat will be filled by a Board appointee. Trustees are elected for three-year terms; members of the Nominating Committee serve for one year.
HOW DOES THE SOLIDARITY MODEL IMPACT VOTING?
The simple answer is that there is no change to how you vote. All owners have a vote for all open seats. The seats are now assigned to specific member classes, but voting is not. So please cast a vote in each race.
HOW DO I VOTE ANONYMOUSLY?
On the paper ballot, you are required to write your name, owner number, and signature. If this is a concern for you, you can cast an anonymous ballot by voting online. The fact that you voted online will be verifiable; however, the contents of your ballot will not be associated with your owner number. If you need assistance with voting online, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I SHOPPED AT THE TACOMA STORE. CAN I STILL VOTE? HOW DO I VOTE?
All Central Co-op owners are encouraged to vote in our annual election. Even though there is not currently an open location in Tacoma, all active members of Central Co-op that are current with their equity are eligible to vote regardless of where they live. For the purposes of this election, eligibility will be based on the date that the 6th Ave location closed for our South Sound based members, or if you have joined in the interim.
For anyone that wants to vote and isn’t able to come in to the Seattle store or attend the Pearl Street Voting Party, or Annual Owner Meeting, ballots can be mailed in or cast online (please refer to question 1 for more complete details). Please note that your Central Co-op member number is slightly different than your Tacoma Food Co-op member number: all TFC member numbers begin with ‘406’ and up to three leading zeros, so TFC member #1 is now Central Co-op member # 4060001.
HOW DO I RUN FOR A POSITION IN NEXT YEAR’S ELECTION?
If you have this question, you’ve already taken the first step—realizing that you’re interested! Now that you know you’re interested, please contact the Nominating Committee at email@example.com to find out more about serving. This will also enable us to keep you posted about opportunities available to our candidates. Beginning in May, you can visit our website to get application materials for the 2020 election. Thanks for your great question, we hope you decide to apply to run!
WHAT IS QUORUM?
Quorum is the minimum number of votes we need for the election to be valid. At Central Co-op, the quorum is five percent of eligible voters.