2019 Election Schedule2019 Election Procedures

CAPS Board of Directors Elections

Candidate statements were due to the CAPS Elections Committee by 5 p.m. on Monday, August 12, 2019. The Elections Committee has met and ensured that the candidate statements posted abide by the rules set forth in the CAPS Bylaws and Elections Procedures.  Below you will find the list of candidates in contested seats for 2019-2021 CAPS Board of Director positions. Per past practice, the candidates are presented in the order they were picked out of a hat – the same order that they will appear on the ballot:

Office Sought Candidate Name Link to Candidate Statement
 Vice President Stephanie Lewis Candidate Statement
 Vice President Daniel Ellis Candidate Statement
Secretary Kris Wiese Candidate Statement
Secretary Shana Rapoport Candidate Statement
Treasurer Itzia Rivera Candidate Statement
Treasurer Kelley Aubushon Candidate Statement
District I Director Willard Garrett Candidate Statement
District I Director Jessy Fierro
Supervisory Director Valerie Chenoweth-Brown
Supervisory Director Scott Bauer Candidate Statement
Director At-Large Manjul Bose
Director At-Large James Thomas Candidate Statement
Director At-Large Jimmy Spearow Candidate Statement
Director At-Large David Miller Candidate Statement
Director At-Large Jason Van Court Candidate Statement

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




Next Steps

Ballots will be mailed out to members on September 20, 2019. Voting will take place by secret ballot via U.S. mail, returned to a PO Box owned by MK Elections, the independent elections service administering the election.

Be sure you and your colleagues are CAPS members, as only members are able to cast a vote. If you are a member, be sure that your mailing address is up to date by contacting ! Ballots must be returned by October 7, 2019. The ballot count will be held October 14, 2019 in Sacramento. CAPS members are welcome to attend.