Tuesday Oct 25, 2011

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.

Friday Apr 15, 2011

Meet the candidates

County ElectionThere are currently four open seats on the JCP's Executive Committees and we will soon hold a Special Election to select replacements. Two of the seats are ratified (which means that Oracle nominates candidates and the voters decide whether or not to endorse them) and two are elected (any JCP member may nominate themselves for an elected seat.)

The vacant seats are:

  • On the SE/EE Executive Committee
    • Ratified seat vacated by Apache: term ends 2013
    • Ratified seat vacated by Doug Lea: term ends 2013
    • Elected seat vacated by Tim Peierls: term ends 2012
  • On the ME Executive Committee
    • Elected seat vacated by Sony-Ericsson: term ends 2011

Ballot boxThe nominees for the two ratified seats are the Brazilian Java User Group SouJava, represented by Bruno Souza, and Goldman Sachs, represented by John Weir. JCP members who wish to nominate themselves for one of the two elected seats may do so until April 25. (See the elections page at jcp.org to learn how.)

When the nomination process closes, the election ballot (during which all JCP members are eligible to vote) will take place from April 26 to May 9. The newly-elected members will take their seats on May 10.

Oracle recently hosted a conference-call to introduce the ratified candidates to Java developers and to members of the current ECs. If you'd like to hear what Bruno Souza and John Weir had to say, and to hear how they responded to questions from the audience, you can download an MP3 recording of the call here (you'll need a java.net login to access it.)

We're planning to host another call after the nominations close to give you a chance to hear from the candidates for the elected seats. That call is scheduled for at 8:00-10:00 am PDT on Tuesday April 26 (watch the elections page at jcp.org for details of how to register for the call.) And when the time comes - don't forget to vote.

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