Nominations & Elections

Elections are now in progress for three seats on the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District Board of Directors.  Each seat is for a three year term, beginning at the Annual Membership Meeting of August 19, 2020.

If you have received an email from OPAVote, please click on the blue button in the email to vote. Voting ends Monday, August 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m Pacific Time.

What are the important dates for this election?
  • Friday, July 31, 2020:  Nominations close at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time
  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020:  “Meet the Candidates Night” — A  Zoom meeting, starting at 6:00 p.m. Online voting opens immediately following the meeting.
  • Monday, August 17, 2020:  Online voting closes at 5:00 p.m Pacific Time.
  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020:  Annual Membership Meeting, at which results of the Elections are formally announced.
  • August 2020 – August 2023:  Term on the Board of Directors for each of the three winners.


Who can vote?

Only persons who became full Voting Members of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District on or before 5/12/20 (90 days before our Annual Membership Meeting) 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 2021.


How do we vote?

First, we hope you will read the Statement of Candidates who have nominated themselves.

Next, we hope you will join us for a “Meet the Candidates” Night, conducted as a Zoom Meeting, starting at 6:00 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, August 12, 2020.  To participate, join the Zoom Meeting at or call in at 1 669 900 6833 (San Jose) and enter Meeting ID: 893 2635 4467 and Password: 648097.  (Or find your local number at

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 12, 2020, and close at 5:00 p.m on Monday, August 17, 2020. 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.


I want to Run.  What do I do?  

Nominations are now closed.  If you nominated yourself:

We 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  (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.)

Please plan to attend the Candidates Night Zoom Meeting, starting at 6:00 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, August 12, 2020.  (Details above.)  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 8/12, we will read your statement and present your materials for you.

If you are not currently a member of the Cultural District, you must become one before August 12.  (Membership fees are now being waived on request.)

That is all that is required.  You may perhaps wish to review the Cultural District’s Vision and Mission Statements. or even look at the full organizational Bylaws.


How do we elect the Cultural District President?

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.

To view the list of candidates for President, visit


How Will the Votes Be Counted?

The Nominations Committee has selected 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

The Nominating Committee consists of  Bob Brown (chair), Steve Gaynes, David Hyman, and Ren Phoenix.

Thank you.