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Elections process

Each year, we hold elections for the board of directors for Altonimbus Entertainment (the organization that produces and runs the Kumoricon convention). Altonimbus, and thereby Kumoricon, is governed by a board of directors consisting of nine members who each serve annual terms. Terms begin and end at the annual meeting of the body which elects each board member.

Seven of the nine board members are elected by the membership (staff of Kumoricon) at the Annual Meeting of the Membership:

* Chair / President
* Director of Infrastructure
* Director of Membership
* Director of Operations
* Director of Programming
* Director of Publicity
* Director of RelationsThe next Annual Meeting of the Membership will be held on December 14, 2019, at 12:00 noon, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland. Official notice was sent to the members on November 13, 2019, and full meeting information is available on the Meetings page.

Starting this year, we are updating our process for online nominations and online Q&A, detailed below. Most of our online elections activity is moving to our staff-only Discord server, but we are continuing to host a forum thread to allow non-staff to nominate and ask questions.

The process for conducting the in-person elections meeting is not changing. The election meeting continues to be open to the public. For each election, there are candidate opening speeches, a period for questions and comments for the candidates, and voting by secret, written ballots.

Members must be present in person to vote, except for proxy voting. If a member cannot attend the meeting, they may designate another member as their proxy, in either of two ways: (1) The member not attending the meeting may authorize another member using the online proxy authorization system, or (2) The proxy attending the meeting may bring a printed authorization form to the meeting signed by the absent member.

Elections and eligibility are governed by the bylaws of Altonimbus Entertainment and the meeting process by our Elections Process (staff login required).


Nominations are currently open for candidates for the seven positions listed above.

Nominations must be seconded to be valid. A person cannot nominate or second themselves. To be listed on the candidate list below and on the ballot, a candidate must be nominated and seconded, and then accept the nomination, by the deadline. Once a candidate is nominated and seconded, they may change their acceptance status at will until the nominations deadline of Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 11:59pm.

After November 29, only candidates who have affirmatively accepted (rather than "defer", or no response) will be listed. Candidates may still accept after this date until the nominations deadline.

Nominations and seconds can be made, and candidates may respond to nominations, in three ways:

* Post in this forum thread
* Comment in the nominations channel on our staff-only Discord
* Email secretary@kumoricon.orgThe nominations list will be kept in sync between the nominations channel on Discord and this forum post. Candidates are listed alphabetically by last name, using the preferred name as set in their official staff registration, which candidates may update at any time.


* Brian Mathews - acceptDirector of Infrastructure

* Ash Butler - acceptDirector of Membership

* Charmaine Martinez - acceptDirector of Operations

* Jason Pollard - accept
* Ben Riker - acceptDirector of Programming

* Devin Hunter - acceptDirector of Publicity

* Samantha Rushford - acceptDirector of Relations

* Sam Taylor - acceptQuestions and comments

The primary venue for online questions and comments will be our staff-only Discord server (instructions for joining). There is a Q&A channel for each position.

Questions may also be asked in this forum thread. One of the election moderators or tellers will copy that question to the appropriate channel on our staff Discord. We ask that candidates respond there in order to keep discussion in one place and not fragmented.

We will bring a printout of each question and answer to the in-person elections meeting for review by anyone at the meeting. We will also continue to hold question-and-comment sessions at the elections meeting.

Anonymous questions and comments

At the meeting, the elections portion will be led by a moderator as well as three tellers (plus an alternate):

Moderator: Fox Young - Vice Chair (Staff and Attendee Services)
Teller: John Leinonen - Marketing Manager
Teller: Catherine Kateley-Williams - Hospitality Manager
Teller: Missa Fleck - Assistant Director of Publicity
Teller, alternate: Robert Trotter - Quartermaster

After the open question-and-comment period for each candidate, we will host an additional anonymous question-and-comment period. Questions and comments may be submitted in person at the election, or emailed in advance to You can also bring up a written note at the elections meeting without using email, but this might be less anonymous than using email. This process is subject to the following rules:

1. The members of the moderator panel (comprised of the elections moderator and tellers) choose anonymous questions and comments to sponsor and read at the meeting, from those submitted.

2. Anonymous questions/comments are anonymous when read at the meeting, but the moderator panel must know the identity of the person commenting. Your email message or written note must be signed with the name that you are known by in the Kumoricon community.

3. As part of the moderation process, the panel may request more information from you or request a change to your question/comment, or possibly even reject your question/comment.

4. The moderator panel will reply to you stating whether your comment has been accepted.

5. Questions/comments may be shortened or summarized, and similar questions/comments from multiple people may be combined.

A more detailed explanation of the rules and process around anonymous questions and comments is available in our Elections Process (staff login required).

This post is a chronological timeline record of nominations, seconds, and acceptances at the Rant and Rave session on the last day of the convention. Unlike the post above, this post is a fixed record and will not be edited as nominations and acceptances change.


* Brian Mathews, seconded, accepted at sessionDirector of Infrastructure

* Ash Butler, seconded, accepted at sessionDirector of Membership

* Charmaine Martinez, seconded, accepted at sessionDirector of Operations

* Ben Riker, seconded, deferred at session
* Yaz Wigfall, seconded, not present
* Jason Pollard, seconded, accepted at sessionDirector of Programming

* Devin Hunter, seconded, accepted at sessionDirector of Publicity

* Samantha Rushford, seconded, accepted at sessionDirector of Relations

* Sam Taylor, seconded, accepted at session
Suggestions for board-elected positions (these positions are not seconded or accepted):

Treasurer (board-elected position)

* Jo AyersSecretary (board-elected position)

* Jeff Tyrrill
* Phillip Koop

Is there an alternative way to submit questions?  My current computer doesn't have Discord, and given how it always slows down whatever computer I have, I'd rather not install Discord again.


--- Quote from: Washougal_Otaku on December 01, 2019, 03:35:19 pm ---Is there an alternative way to submit questions?  My current computer doesn't have Discord, and given how it always slows down whatever computer I have, I'd rather not install Discord again.

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JeffT's first post says:
"Questions may also be asked in this forum thread. One of the election moderators or tellers will copy that question to the appropriate channel on our staff Discord."
So I think just post your question here, some one will relay it to the discord and if there's an answer they'll post it here?


--- Quote from: PicklePet on December 01, 2019, 03:45:10 pm ---JeffT's first post says:

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 ;D You're right.  I see that now.

Question for the Publicity candidate/s: What sort of ideas do you have to help bring more traffic to the forums?  Would it be possible to include an icon on the front page that links to the forums?

Question for the Operations candidate/s: How will you approach an increase in security and Yojimbo for next year's con, which is a few days after the 2020 Presidential election?


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