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ASSOCIATION GOVERNANCE WINTER 2022 | ADVOCATE 11 lmost 100 AEA members become a part of the world's largest deliberative body— 8,000 strong—when they are elected by their colleagues to represent them at the NEA Representative Assembly each year. e NEA-RA is the governing body of the 3 million members of NEA. e 2023 annual meeting, to be held July 2-6, sets objectives, passes a budget, determines direction and votes on guiding principles for the Association, the largest professional organization and union in the country. You can be part of this exciting process by running as an AEA statewide delegate; regional delegate; retired delegate; or as a delegate representing your local association. Nominate yourself to be a statewide, regional, or retired delegate by completing the form on page 13. To run as a candidate representing your local, contact your local president. Local elections are usually held in the early spring, but vary from local to local. AEA-Retired members may be eligible for up to three delegates, depending on the January 15, 2023 membership figu es. AEA is allotted a certain number of delegate positions based on the size of statewide membership. NEA-AEA Active members will vote for at least two Statewide Delegate and 14 Regional Delegates depending on the January 15, 2023 membership figu es. In the event a candidate is elected to both a regional and statewide position, he or she must declare within ten days of offi al notifi ation which position the candidate will accept. If a delegate fails to respond within ten days of the date of the offi al notifi ation, he or she will be declared elected as a regional delegate. Nominees must complete the Delegate Nomination Form on page 13 and must submit it on or before 5 PM on January 23, 2023. Forms may be submitted via mail, hand delivery, fax, or email. Please see the instructions on page 13. Be part of the largest democratic body in the world! Be a Delegate to the 2023 NEA-RA Regional Delegates: Please look for your local association's name and the corresponding Election District (A through N) before completing your nomination form. AEA members will vote online for their 2023 NEA-RA Statewide, Regional, and Retired delegate representatives. Online voting will open on March 2, 2023 and close on April 13, 2023. Individuals may request paper ballots to cast their votes during this period. If you have questions about online voting, please contact Nicole Adams, staff liaison to the AEA Elections Committee, at 602-407-2343 or 800-352-5411, ext. 143. IMPORTANT: Voting Process A AEA Elections Timeline November 2022-January 2023 Nominations accepted for NEA-RA delegates (statewide, regional, retired, local) Local associations should conduct a call for nominations for local delegate positions to the AEA Delegate Assembly and NEA-RA n n January 23 2023 March 1 February 6-10 March 2-April 13 March 28 April 13 May 12-13 July 2-6 Deadline for NEA-RA statewide, regional, and retired delegate nominations NEA RA election reports and AEA Delegate Assembly election reports emailed to local presidents Deadline for AEA Board of Directors nomination publication Online voting available to all members for NEA-RA statewide, regional, and retired candidates Deadline to report 2023 Delegate Assembly elected delegates and alternates Deadline to report 2023 NEA-RA local association elected delegates and successors 2023 Delegate Assembly Scottsdale Resort 2023 NEA-RA Members of color are especially encouraged to run for AEA leadership positions and as an RA delegate.

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