The nation's attention may be on the Nov. 2 mid-terms but there's plenty of election-year jockeying this month for the CUNA Board of Directors.
Much of the actual voting by CUNA members does not occur until later this year in conjunction with the Governmental Affairs Conference in February but nominations for various district and class seats continue to roll in.
Among seats being filled is one for Mary Cunningham, the former CEO of the $606 million USA Fed CU of San Diego who resigned after her financially troubled CU was merged into the $41 billion Navy FCU in September.
Cunningham had resigned from the CUNA Board effective Sept. 30 on a term that was due to expire in February 2011.
"Her seat is being included in the current election in process for the District 6, Class B seat," explained Mark Wolff, CUNA senior vice president.
Among the most recent candidates for the eight open board seats as nominated by peers are Brett Martinez, president/CEO of Redwoods CU, Santa Rosa, Calif.; Harriet May, current CUNA chairman and president/CEO of GECU, El Paso, Texas; Ed Williams, president/CEO, Discovery FCU, Wyomissing, Pa.,Patricia A. Wesenberg, governmental affairs liaison, Marshfield Medical Center CU in Wisconsin; Wendell Lyons, president/CEO of the Kentucky Credit Union League; and Maurice Smith, CEO, Local Government FCU, Raleigh, N.C.
Also in the running is Paul Gentile, president/CEO of the New Jersey Credit Union League and former editor-in-chief of Credit Union Times.
Wolff noted that in addition "to the eight regular elections we have one special election for the seat now held by Steve Dahlstrom (District 6 class C) that will take office Jan. 1." Dahlstrom, president/CEO of Spokane Teachers CU in Washington, is retiring at yearend. His term expires in February 2012 with a special election being held to fill his seat.