Statement by Robert Moore
Statement by Randall Thacker
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Ballots Must Be Returned by November 19
by Joshua Howard Behn
Voting for president is the single most influential benefit of being a dues-paying member. In the last few years Affirmation has been facing an identity crisis. Leadership has frequently pondered: How should Affirmation be defined? Which direction should Affirmation go? With a society that is showing more tolerance and increasing dialogue, these and other questions have become more and more important.
Events and discussions over the past conference weekend in Seattle showed that the membership share many of these concerns. While opinion and views were widely divergent, the one uncontested sense was that Affirmation was still relevant and had a role to play in the changing LGBTI Mormon landscape.
This coming election has two candidates, both having served the organization well this year as vice presidents: Senior Vice-President Randall Thacker and Vice President Robert Moore. Both are well qualified and committed to continuing Affirmation, yet each with a different story and vision for its future.
I realize that it is a busy time of year. Political elections are occurring almost simultaneously, holidays are right around the corner, and difficult personal dark seasons of life (be they financial, health, emotional, etc.) may be overwhelming. Yet, I ask, if you are able, to stop and give some thought to the issue of Affirmation’s future. This is your moment, to steer our role in the LGBTI Mormon community and for your voice to be heard.
In order to vote, you must be a dues-paying member, current with dues. New members and members needing to renew may still participate in the election if they act by November 3. Memberships that have expired will not be able to vote in this election after that date. If you have any questions regarding your current status, please email myself. Every member’s voice needs to be heard in this great time.
Ballots are cast by a secret mail-in ballot system. Following the November 3 cutoff, ballots will be mailed out. Ballots must be returned, postmarked by November 19. The election committee will count the ballots and inform the executive committee who will then publish the results in the December edition of Affinity.
Thank you all for participating. This organization is truly owned by its members. The future is yours to decide. The work awaits, and the field is white.
Joshua Howard Behn
Affirmation: Gay & Lesbian Mormons