A crowded field

Horse raceThe annual elections for the Executive Committees are currently taking place, and this year we have a record number of candidates.

Executive Committee members serve three-year terms, and each year one third of them are up for reelection. Some of the members are nominated by Oracle to ratified seats (as the Process Document states, nominations are chosen "with due regard for balanced community and regional representation,") while others are self-nominated to elected seats.

This year Ericsson, Intel, and SAP have been nominated for ratified seats on the SE/EE EC, while IBM, Nokia, and SK Telecom have been nominated for ratified seats on the ME EC. (All of these candidates must be approved by the membership during the election.)

We have a total of nine candidates for two elected seats on the SE/EE EC: Azul Systems, Central Ohio Java Users Group, CloudBees, John Harby, Jushan Jayathilake, Software AG, Tongtech, Gaurav Tripathi, and Twitter . On the ME EC the competition is a little less fierce with "only" five candidates for two seats: aicas, ARM, Cox Communications, Werner Keil, and Alex Terrazas. You can learn more about the candidates by visiting the nominees page at jcp.org or by listening to a recording of a recent Meet the candidates conference call.

The large number of strong candidates is, I believe, an indication of the renewed interest in the JCP. If you're a member and have not yet voted, please do so. A high voter turnout will show the candidates that we appreciate their interest and commitment. They can't all win, but they do deserve our support.

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