CAPS Board of Directors Elections
Ballot Count POSTPONED
We made a mistake.
We had set today as the day to count ballots in the CAPS Election.
Nearly a decade ago, the State eliminated Columbus Day as a state holiday; however, the Federal Government still observes it. Today is still a federal holiday. As such, the United Postal Service has closed all postal offices. The ballots, while secure, are not available for pick up as planned. The ballot count for the CAPS 2019-2021 Board of Directors election has been postponed until tomorrow, October 15, 2019 at noon.
We extend our sincerest apologies for our mistake to the candidates eager to hear the results of their races and most of all to you our members.
What does this mean for ballots?
Not much, they will sit securely in the post office box until MK Elections, the Elections Committee, and any interested members can pick them up on the new date of the count – October 15, 2019 at noon.
What ballots will be counted?
Any ballot that is present in the PO Box upon opening on the date of the ballot count (October 15) will be counted as long as the ballot has been submitted by a current member or any Unit 10 Scientist with a membership application. These rules do not change.
Where will the count be held?
The count will still be held at the Holiday Inn Sacramento, Downtown-Arena (300 J Street, Sacramento CA 95814).
All CAPS members are welcome to attend. The ballot count rules can be found here: 2019 Ballot Count Rules
Seating is limited, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The election is being conducted by MK Elections.
BALLOTS WILL BE PICKED UP FROM THE MK ELECTIONS-OWNED PO BOX AT 10 A.M.
Below you will find the list of candidates in contested seats for 2019-2021 CAPS Board of Director positions with links to their candidate statements. Per past practice, the candidates are presented in the order they were picked out of a hat – the same order that they appear on the ballot:
|Candidate Statement||Stephanie Lewis||DTSC – Chatsworth||Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)|
|Candidate Statement||Daniel Ellis||SWRCB – Sacramento||Environmental Scientist|
|Candidate Statement||Kris Wiese||CDFW – San Diego||Environmental Scientist|
|Candidate Statement||Shana Rapoport||LARWCB – Los Angeles||Environmental Scientist|
|Candidate Statement||Itzia Rivera||CVFPB – Sacramento||Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)|
|Candidate Statement||Kelley Aubushon||CDFW – Fresno||Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)|
|District I Director|
|Candidate Statement||Willard Garrett||DTSC – Cypress||Environmental Scientist|
|Jessy Fierro||DTSC – Chatsworth||Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)|
|Valerie Chenoweth-Brown||DTSC – Sacramento||Senior Health Physicist|
|Candidate Statement||Scott Bauer||CDFW – Eureka||Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisor)|
|Manjul Bose||DTSC – Chatsworth||Environmental Scientist|
|Candidate Statement||James Thomas||CDPH – Sacramento||Associate Health Physicist|
|Candidate Statement||Jimmy Spearow||DTSC – Sacramento||Staff Toxicologist|
|Candidate Statement||David Miller||DTSC – Sacramento||Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)|
|Candidate Statement||Jason Van Court||DHCS – Sacramento||Research Scientist III|
Article 8, Section 3(j) of the CAPS Bylaws state “Any qualified candidate shall be elected by acclamation, without the need for balloting, whenever that candidate is the only qualified candidate whose name will appear on the ballot for that seat.” The following positions for the Board of Directors seats were unopposed. Thus, the following candidates have been elected by acclamation:
|President||Margarita Gordus||CDFW – Fresno||Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)|
|District II Director||Maureen Lee-Dutra||CDFA – Tulare||Veterinarian (General)|
|District III Director||Justin Garcia||CDFW – Sacramento||Environmental Scientist
|District IV Director||David Rist||DTSC – Berkeley||Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)|
|District V Director||Monty Larson||CDFW – Fortuna||Environmental Scientist|