Each seat is for a three year term, beginning at the Annual Membership Meeting of August 18, 2021.
- When is the election?
- Why should I run?
- Who should run?
- Who can vote?
- How do we vote?
- How do we elect our President?
- How are the votes counted?
- Who is on the Board now?
- Wednesday, June 16, 2021: Nominations for Directors open
- Friday, July 30, 2021: Nominations close at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time
- Wednesday, August 11, 2021: Candidates Night Zoom meeting, starting at 6:00 p.m. Online voting opens immediately following the meeting.
- Monday, August 16 2021: Online voting closes at 5:00 p.m Pacific Time.
- Wednesday, August 18, 2021: Annual Membership Meeting, at which results of the Elections are formally announced.
- August 2021 – August 2024: Term on the Board of Directors for each of the three winners.
Being a Director of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District means having a voice in the future of our South of Market neighborhood: helping it to thrive during current challenges and become the vibrant, safe, and uniquely kinky space we all love and enjoy.
We are reaching out to our entire queer and kink community to encourage individuals to nominate themselves.
In order to achieve diversity and representation on our Board, we are particularly encouraging the self-nomination of individuals who represent some of these communities and constituencies:
- Trans, Non-Binary, and Gender Nonconforming Folks
- People of Color
- Kinky Heterosexuals
- Young People
- Traditional and Non-Traditional Families
You do not need to currently be a voting member of the LCD in order to nominate yourself for the Board. (You will need to become a voting member prior to the election; note that membership dues are easily waived at this time; see join.sflcd.org.)
Only persons who became full Voting Members of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District on or before May 20, 2021 are eligible to vote in this election. Although this means that it is now too late for you to “register” for this election, we urge you to become a full voting member now, so that you can fully participate in our activities, vote at any Special Meetings called during the coming year, and, of course, vote to fill the three (or more) seats which will become vacant in August of 2022.
First, we hope you will read the Statement of Candidates who have nominated themselves. (Expect more to come throughout the month of July.)
Next, we hope you will join us for a Candidates Night, conducted as a Zoom Meeting, starting at 6:00 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, August 11, 2021.
During this event, all candidates will be invited to speak and respond to questions. If a candidate cannot attend, we will read their “Candidate Statement” for them, and share any other appropriate materials (e.g. video) they provide.
Online voting will open immediately following this meeting, at roughly 8:00 p.m. on August 11 2021, and close at 5:00 p.m on Monday, August 16, 2021. All voting must take place during this five-day voting period.
Each eligible voter will receive instructions via email directly from OpaVote, a secure voting platform, including a link to the voting Web site and a random code to allow them to vote once. On the voting Web site, you will be shown a list of the candidates, and asked to drag the names of candidates up and down until your first choice is at the top and your last choice is at the bottom. This is called “ranked choice voting”. (Vote counting details are provided below.)
You will also be shown a list of candidates for President, and will vote in the same manner. (If you vote for someone who is not elected to the Board, your second choice candidate will receive your vote.)
If you anticipate being unable to vote electronically during the voting period for any reason, please contact the Nominations Committee before the Forum on 8/12, and arrangements will be made for you to vote by some other technology, such as USPS.
Unofficial results of the Elections may be posted on our Web site or social media once the results are tabulated; they will be formally announced at the Annual Membership Meeting on August 19, 2020. The Community is encouraged to attend to welcome the new Board.
To nominate yourself, please use this form.
The self-nomination form includes space for a “Candidate’s Statement” of approximately 250 words or less. You may use this statement however you wish, and it will be included in materials shared with voting members in advance of the election.
The form will also ask you to affirm that you agree with the Mission & Vision of the Organization, and meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Having lived or worked within the boundaries of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District (the “District”).
- Been born or raised in the boundaries of the District.
- Have had a history of activism in alignment with the Organizations’ Mission and Vision.
- Have served reliably on one or more of the Organization’s committees for at least one year.
The form will also ask which constituency or constituencies you represent:
- Residential tenants;
- Families (traditional, non-traditional, or extended);
- Businesses headquartered and operating within the boundaries of the District;
- Nonprofits, such as arts and culture organizations, community associations, educational institutions, and community service agencies headquartered or operating within the boundaries of the District;
Finally, the form will ask you to indicate if you would also like to run for President.
We next encourage you to submit a single photograph and/or a short video, to accompany your Candidate’s Statement. Send it, or a publicly-accessible link to it, to firstname.lastname@example.org. (The Nominations Committee reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of the picture or video for this use, and to use the media on its Web site and elsewhere.)
The self-nomination details are being posted as they are received, so the sooner you submit them, the better. In any case, be sure to submit your form before 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, on Friday, July 30, 2021.
Then plan to attend the Candidates Night Zoom Meeting, starting at 6:00 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, August 11, 2021. Be prepared to make a short statement, and to take questions from all meeting participants. You may also share additional materials, such as a short video. If you are for some reason unable to attend on August 11, we will read your statement and present your materials for you.
If you are not currently a voting member of the Cultural District, you must become one before August 11, 2021. (Membership fees are now being waived on request.)
That is all that is required. You may perhaps wish to attend the upcoming meeting of the Board of Directors, on Wednesday, July 25, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., review the Cultural District’s Vision and Mission Statements. or even look at the full organizational Bylaws.
Due to the special circumstances of the COVID-19 Shelter In Place, election of the President of the LCD will also take place using the same online balloting. All persons running for the Board are invited to also nominate themselves for the office of President, and the names of all those nominees will appear on the ballot; voting will be “instant run-off” style; votes for individuals who are not elected to the Board will be discarded and that voter’s next-highest-preference candidate will receive their vote.
Current Directors may also place themselves in nomination for the office of President, by writing directly to email@example.com.
The Nominations Committee has selected OpaVote.com as the platform upon which to run our online election, using Scottish Single Transferable Vote (STV) to elect our Board, and San Francisco Instant Runoff to elect our President. These are both “ranked choice voting” (RCV) methods, meaning that, on the online ballot, voters will drag the names of candidates up and down until their first choice is at the top and their last choice is at the bottom. These systems are recommended because they assure proportional representation; that is, they help assure that minorities are represented according to their support among voters. Although these systems are numerically complicated, the rules are well-established and easily handled by computers. (This page may be helpful in understanding the Scottish STV method of counting votes.
To learn more about the above, please visit this page, and explore the rest of the OpaVote Web site. If you have questions — or if you have concerns regarding any of the Committee’s proposed procedures — please write as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nominating Committee consists of Eric See, Val Langmuir, and David Hyman.
Who Is on the Board Now?