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ABERDEEN, Md. – Volunteers vying for elected jobs on state or national trade organizations should not expect a free ride if they expect to succeed in running for those elected jobs, according to the lone volunteer on NAFCU’s board, David H. Gilbert. “There’s no sure way to become elected,” said Gilbert insisting potential candidates for board seats need to do their homework, “establish credentials and execute a well thought out election campaign.” Gilbert, who has been on the NAFCU Board seven years and was elected a Region II director, was responding to complaints raised at the NAFCU annual meeting by Washington area delegates that major trade groups make it difficult for volunteers to get elected. Gilbert is chairman of Aberdeen Proving Ground FCU and defended NAFCU policies in a meeting with reporters following NAFCU’s business session. “It is not surprising that thinking voters would not vote for unknown candidates or those with less credentials than their opponents,” said Gilbert suggesting a number of steps to take to help get elected. “Serve on various committees at the state league, volunteer as a moderator, do active lobby work with local politicians, or write or speak on credit union positions,” he said.

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