Candidate Recommendation Committee seeks nominees

Nominations are now open for the election of 10 members to the MTA Candidate Recommendation Committee.

The committee is responsible for the support of candidates for state and federal office. There is one opening in each of the following Congressional districts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. The terms are for three years. Each candidate and each committee member must reside in the congressional district to be represented.

The CRC consists of two MTA members elected from each of the state's 10 Congressional districts, as well as MTA's president, vice president and executive director.

In a race for an open seat, candidates from all parties are invited to participate in the MTA's interview process. All candidates receive the association's questionnaire and are invited to be interviewed by a team of MTA members who represent the locals in the affected legislative districts. The candidate evaluation teams then make recommendations to the CRC for final approval.

When incumbent legislators are involved, the CRC reviews voting records to determine whether candidates have earned the MTA's recommendation.

Any MTA member interested in running for the CRC should contact Vanessa Story in the MTA Division of Governance, 617-878-8213 or vstory@massteacher.org to request a nomination form.
 
The nomination form and a biographical statement of not more than 100 words must be received by Dec. 31.

Candidates will be provided upon request with lists of MTA Annual Meeting delegates for their respective congressional districts, along with names and addresses.

If the number of candidates is equal to or less than the number of positions to be filled, elections may be waived and the candidates declared elected to the positions in question.

Ballots that include the biographical statements will be mailed to the electorate on the first Friday in February (Feb. 4) and must be returned no later than 5 p.m. on the last Friday in February (Feb. 25). Candidates who are elected via the ballot process or the election waiver will start their terms on March 15. The terms expire on March 14, 2014.

Members of the Candidate Recommendation Committee are eligible to be elected for two consecutive three-year terms. In no event can a person hold one of these positions for more than six consecutive years. After one year out of office, a member is again eligible to run for the Candidate Recommendation Committee.

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