Majority Vote Necessary to Take Office
Petition Candidate Enters Race
Three candidates for AAPG president-elect will be on the ballot for 2008-09 offices as a petition candidate successfully entered the slate for the fifth time in AAPG’s 90-year history.
AAPG Advisory Council and Executive Committee-nominated candidates for president-elect on the ballot are:
John C. Lorenz, Geoflight LLC, Edgewood, N.M.
Ronald A. Nelson, Broken N Consulting Inc., Cat Spring, Texas.
The petition candidate for president-elect is:
Dwight M. “Clint” Moore, independent, Houston.
There were no other candidate petitions filed.
A flier that includes the candidates’ biographies and candidate statements is inserted in this issue of the EXPLORER at page 9.
Lorenz and Nelson were nominated by the AAPG Advisory Council and approved by the AAPG Executive Committee. Moore entered the race by gaining the 50 required petition signers.
This marks the third time Moore has appeared as a petition candidate. He was unsuccessful in the first petition bid for treasurer for the 2002-04 term and was successful in the second treasurer petition candidacy, holding office in the 2004-06 term.
One other petition candidate who was successful in AAPG election history is Will Green, who was voted president-elect in 2006 and is now serving as AAPG president.
AAPG Bylaws clearly state the methods by which candidates may appear on the ballot and allow for the petition of non-nominated candidates to be delivered to headquarters for validation prior to Oct. 15.
In a Bylaws change effective in 2006, ballots for offices with more than two candidates now provide voting in order of preference; the candidate receiving a majority of the “first choice” votes is elected.
Previously, the candidate with the most votes was declared the winner without regard to a majority tally.
The new process allows for determination of a majority without a costly and time-consuming run-off.
If no candidate receives a majority of the “first choice” votes cast, then the candidate that received the least number of “first choice” votes shall be dropped from consideration, and the second choices of those voters whose first choice was the dropped candidate will be deemed those voters’ first choice. The process is repeated until a candidate receives a majority vote.
Lorenz and Nelson were on a list of candidates for president-elect compiled by the Nominations Committee and approved by the Advisory Council and forwarded to the AAPG Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee is the governing body elected Association-wide to represent the members, plus the chairman of the House of Delegates, chosen by the delegates elected locally to represent the membership.
The Advisory Council, which consists of 20 persons, includes elected members from AAPG’s U.S. Sections and international Regions; the elected officers of each Division; the immediate past-president; two former presidents; and the past-chairman of the House of Delegates.
Candidates for the other offices nominated are:
David H. Hawk, Energy Analysis and Answers/Consultant, Boise, Idaho.
W.C. “Rusty” Riese, BP Americas, Katy, Texas.
Edith C. Allison, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, D.C.
Kay L. Pitts, Aera Energy LLC, Bakersfield, Calif.
Ballots will be available online prior to April 1. Active members who do not have an e-mail address on file in AAPG’s member system will be sent a paper ballot.
All votes must be received by May 15.
New officers will be announced following the counting by Survey and Ballot Systems, the third-party vendor that administrates the AAPG national office elections.