2017 Spring Election Results

(accepted by the Board June 12, 2017)

A total of 1189 (15.4%) of our 7722 eligible Owners voted. The electorate approved the restatement of our Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws by a vote of 936 to 202 (82.2% vs. 17.8%), and welcomed the following 2017-2018 Board of Directors:

Karen Rich, with 953 votes

Sharon Tobar, with 939 votes

Treva Valentine, with 906 votes

Dana Marsh, with 887 votes

An Election Mailer was sent to eligible Owners on Monday, May 1. Click here to view a PDF of the Election Mailer contents, which included an explanation and analysis of the ballot proposal, as well as arguments for and against. This was our first year offering an online voting option, and 78% of electors chose to do so.

2017 Election Procedures

(Approved by the Board of Directors 2/13/17)

Nominations & Candidacy:

1) The Nominations Task Force will develop a Candidate’s Packet containing the following:

a) A description of qualifications for service on the Board of Directors,

b) A description of the duties and responsibilities of a Board member, including an estimate of the time commitment required,

c) A description of campaign expectations and Policies, and

d) A “Statement of Candidacy” form.

2) Any Owner in Good Standing (as defined in Bylaw IV) may nominate her/himself by completing the Statement of Candidacy form and submitting it to the Co-op by the start of the April 3, 2017 Board Meeting.

3) Each Declared Candidate is expected (but not required) to submit a Statement outlining his/her qualifications for Board service by the start of the April 3, 2017 Board Meeting. The Statement is limited to 250 words and should be accompanied by a recent photo. Statements received by April 3, 2017 will be included in the Pamphlet mailed to voters and on the Election Website.

4) Each Declared Candidate is expected (but not required) to deliver a Campaign Speech at the May 7 Annual Meeting, with a time limit to be determined by Staff in charge of the meeting.


The text of any Initiative Petition presented to the Board for a vote in the election must be received by the start of the April 3 2017 Board Meeting and conform to the requirements in Article X of the Bylaws.

Election Materials:

1) The Ballot and Election Pamphlet will be designed and printed under the supervision of the Marketing Manager and will include the following:

a) The name (and photo and Candidate’s Statement, if provided) of each Declared Candidate who meets the qualifications for Board service.

b) An explanation of the Bylaws Restatement Proposition/s and a web link to both the proposed and existing Bylaws.

c) The text of any Initiative Petition meeting the requirements of the Bylaws (Article X).

d) An analysis of each Proposition, approved by the Board.

e) Arguments for and against each Ballot Proposition, if 250 words or less and submitted by April 3, with a limit of one “For” and one “Against” each proposition.

f) Instructions for voting by all methods available: in the store, by mail and electronically.

2) An Election Pamphlet and Ballot shall be mailed to each Owner in Good Standing as of March 31, 2017 at his/her address of record before the commencement of voting on May 1.

3) Copies of the Election Pamphlet will be available to Owners at the Annual Meeting, and in the store from May 1 through May 31, inclusive. Ballots and a locked Ballot Box will also be available in the store.

4) All material printed in the Election Pamphlet shall also be emailed to each Owner in Good Standing for which the Co-op has a current, valid email address before the commencement of voting.

5) All material printed in the Voters Pamphlet shall also be available on the Co-op’s website for the duration of the Election.


1) Simply Voting, Inc. will conduct a “hybrid” election, i.e. one permitting both paper and electronic ballots, for the Davis Food Co-op.

2) Simply Voting will receive electronic votes from Owners, providing security and preventing fraudulent or duplicate voting using current best industry practices.

3) Simply Voting will receive all paper ballots, and will count all ballots postmarked by May 31 and received by June 6, subject to reasonable verification and security procedures.

4) Simply Voting will provide the Board with results of the Election by June 9 and will return all paper ballots and other records to the Board by the end of June.

5) Results of the Election will become final upon Certification by the Board of Directors at a duly called meeting of the Board, according to DFC Bylaws (Article IX) and Elections Policies.

2017 Election Calendar

Monday, February 13 Board Approves Election Procedures 60 days before start of election (no later than March 2)
Monday, February 13 Board Appoints Inspectors of Election 30 days before start of election (no later than April 1)
Tuesday, February 28 Mail Notice of Annual Meeting & Election 21-90 days before Annual Meeting (between Feb 6-April 16)
Wednesday, March 1 Election Procedures posted in store 30 days before start of election (no later than April 1)
Monday, March 27 Post Ballot Proposition(s) in store and on website
Monday, April 3 Candidate Declaration / Ballot Argument deadline at scheduled board meeting
Monday, May 1 Mail Election Pamphlet with Ballot; Voting Begins
Sunday, May 7 Annual Meeting between April 1 & June 30
Wednesday, May 31 Last day of Voting
Monday, June 12 Results of election Certified by Board at scheduled board meeting
Tuesday, June 13 Election results posted w/in 36 hrs after Certification, w/in 14 days of close of Election

2016 Special Election Results

(accepted by the Board in December 2016)

A total of 754 ballots were cast in the special election. The ballots were counted on Monday November 28, 2016. There were three community members in attendance, three board members (Ed Clemens, Sandra Schickele and Doug Walter ) and two staff (Prasanna Regmi and Dustin Lambert).

Each ballot was counted by two different people. There were 8959 owners eligible to vote. The 754 ballots represent 8.4% of the membership - exceeding the needed quorum of 5 %.

Proposition 1 received 692 Yes votes, 58 No votes and 4 Blank ballots. Thus, 92% of the votes favored proposition 1. With this vote - the members provide the BOD with the right to determine the beginning and end of the fiscal year.

Proposition 2 received 641 Yes votes, 108 No votes and 5 Blank ballots. This proposition did not receive as much support as Proposition 1, with the percent approval dipping to 85.6%- but none-the less a vote that could be considered a mandate to proceed to implement the option for electronic voting.

The Board of Directors thanks all owners for their participation in this election. With the passage of these propositions our financial reporting will be easier to compare on a year-to-year basis, and we hope that with the opportunity for electronic voting there will be an increase in owner participation. The future of the Davis Food Co-op is dependent upon your participation in this democratic process.

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2016 Spring Election Results

(accepted by the Board, 6/6/16)

E. Kim Coontz elected to a 3 year term as Director with 513 votes.
Sandra Schickele elected to a 3 year term as Director with 470 votes.
Errol Cabinian Dauis elected to a 3 year term as Director with 440 votes.
Dana Marsh elected as First Alternate with 396 votes.
Doug Walter elected as Second Alternate with 102 votes.

Final 2015 Election Results

(accepted by the Board, 6/8/15)

Ken Bradford elected to a 3 year term as Director with 414 votes
J. Faye Dixon elected to a 3 year term as Director with 404 votes
Tom Hagler elected to a 3 year term as Director with 366 votes
Vincent Ortiz elected to a 1 year term as Director with 357 votes
Sandra Schickele elected as First Alternate with 347 votes
Michael Larsen elected as Second Alternate with 261 votes

Results from 1999 to 2014