2018 OTW Elections Candidates Announcement

Candidates Announcement

The Organization for Transformative Works is pleased to announce the following candidates for the 2018 Election (in alphabetical order by given name):

  • C. Ryan Smith
  • Lex de Leon
  • Michelle Schroeder
  • Natalia Gruber

Because we have 2 seats to be filled and 4 candidates, the 2018 election WILL be contested – that is, the members of OTW WILL vote on which candidates fill the seats.

The Elections Committee is excited to introduce the candidates to all of the members of the OTW! Included in this post are links to short Bios and Platforms written by the candidates. This post also marks the beginning of our Q&A period, during which we invite the public to submit questions for the candidates. Additionally, we will be holding a series of live chats – dates and times for those are to be announced based on candidate availability. Information on the voting period and how to vote will also be posted shortly.

In the meantime, there is a timeline of Elections events available here for your reference. Read on to learn more about our candidates and how you can submit questions for them!

Platforms and Bios

We asked each candidate to provide us with a Bio that sums up their professional and fannish experience, as well as to write a Platform about their goals for their term on the Board by answering the following questions:

  • Why did you decide to run for election to the Board?
  • What skills and/or experience would you bring to the Board?
  • Choose one or two goals for the OTW that are important to you and that you would be interested in working on during your term. Why do you value these goals? How would you work with others to achieve them?
  • What is your experience with the OTW’s projects and how would you collaborate with the relevant committees to support and strengthen them? Try to include a range of projects, though feel free to emphasize particular ones you have experience with.
  • How would you balance your Board work with other roles in the OTW, or how do you plan to hand over your current roles to focus on Board work?

You can read both the candidates’ answers to these questions and their bios by following the links below.

Question & Answer (Q&A)

Candidates will also answer questions from the public. Anyone may submit questions via the Elections form. Please submit all questions by 11:59pm UTC on June 25 (what time is that where I live?). All candidates will answer each question submitted, subject to the following restrictions:

  • Questions can be a maximum of 50 words long.
  • Questions must not be repeats of questions from the Platforms. This is to allow candidates to spend their time answering new questions.
  • Similar questions will be grouped together so candidates don’t have to repeat themselves. Elections staff will decide which questions are similar enough to group.
  • If you have a follow-up to a Platform question, please specifically mention that it is a follow-up so it isn’t treated as a repeat.

The posting date for answers will be chosen depending on the number of questions received. Posts will be spread out, arranged by topic, to make it easier for voters to read all the answers.

Chat Transcript – July 30, 2017

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Hi everyone, and welcome to our Third Candidate Chat of 2017!

In today’s Chat you’ll have the opportunity to speak with these three Candidates: Jessie Camboulives, Milena Popova, and Erica Dulin.

My name is briar_pipe, and I’ll be hosting the candidate side today. On the audience/open_chat side, your host will be Carli for most of the chat, with Stephanie standing by to step in if she’s needed. All three of us are members of the Elections Committee.

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Chat Transcript – July 29, 2017

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Hi everyone, and welcome to our Second Candidate Chat of 2017!

In today’s Chat you’ll have the opportunity to speak with these 3 lovely candidates: Claire P. Baker, Danielle Strong, and Gimena Calixto.

My name is briar_pipe, and I’ll be hosting the candidate side today. On the audience/open_chat side, your host will be Stephanie. We’re both members of the Elections Committee.

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Chat Transcript – July 26, 2017

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Hi everyone, and welcome to our First Candidate Chat of 2017!

In today’s Chat you’ll have the opportunity to speak with these 6 Candidates: Claire P. Baker, Danielle Strong, Erica Dulin, Gimena Calixto, Jessie Camboulives and Milena Popova.

My name is Araise, and I’ll be hosting the candidate side today. On the audience/open_chat side, your host will be briar_pipe. We’re both members of the Elections Committee.

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Candidate Chats and Q&A Roundup

The Elections season is still in full swing! This post has links to the candidates’ answers to your questions.

Chats

There will be three public chats, all of which will last 90 minutes. Two of them will have three candidates in attendance, and the first chat will have all six–so each candidate will attend two chats total. Chats will take place in our public chatroom.

They are scheduled for:

During these chats, OTW members and volunteers will have the opportunity to ask the candidates questions not already covered in their platforms, bios, and Q&A, as well as to ask individual questions of specific candidates. If anyone isn’t able to ask all their questions by the end of a given chat, they’ll have an hour to submit their questions via the Elections form; Elections staffers will submit the questions to candidates either at future chats or separately to be added to the chat transcript.

We hope that you can join us for one or all of these chats!

Q&A

When we posted the Board candidates’ bios and platforms, we asked the public to submit additional questions for them. Once again, our sincere thanks to everyone who did so! We have been posting groups of questions as the candidates finished them, and the process is nearly complete. For the categories that have not yet been posted, the dates they will be posted are listed in parentheses.

The following is a list of the topics covered by the questions. Clicking on a topic will take you to the tag containing all the candidates’ answers on that topic.

To navigate answers by individual candidate, please use the links below:

To read all the posts regarding Q&A, simply select the 2017 Q&A tag.

Read on to learn more about using Discord.
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Election Statistics for 2016

Now that the 2016 Election is over and the results are final, we’re happy to share with you our voter turnout statistics!

For the 2016 Election, we had 6,302 total eligible voters. Of those, 951 voters cast a ballot, which represents 15.1% of the potential voters. We’re proud to say that our voter turnout is nearly double that of last year, which had a turnout of 7.8%! We also saw an rise in the number of ballots cast, from 621 to 951, which represents a more than 50% increase.

Due to a typo in the ballot email, we opened the election for an additional four days to those who emailed us requesting a ballot. We had nine members submit their ballots during that time. They are counted in the 951 voters listed above.

Comparatively, the highest turnout rate was in 2011, when about 25% of approximately 4,000 eligible members voted; this sharp rise was mostly due to widespread recognition of one of the candidates. We don’t have voter turnout information for 2010, only anecdotal statements that it was significantly lower than that.

Elections is committed to continuing to reach out to our eligible members to encourage them to vote in elections. Whoever is elected to the Board of Directors can have an important influence on the long-term health of the OTW’s projects, and we want our members to have a say in that.

For those who might be interested in the number of votes each candidate received, please note that our election process is designed to elect an equal cohort of Board members in order to allow them to work well together, so we do not release that information. As a general rule, we also won’t disclose which of our unsuccessful candidates received the fewest votes, since we don’t want to discourage them from running again in the future when circumstances and member interest might be different; however, as there were only three candidates this year, revealing that information is unavoidable.

Once again, a big thank you to everyone who participated at every stage of the election! We hope to see you at the virtual polls next year.