Past Elections

Past elections were overseen by an Elections Task Force appointed by the Board of Directors; results were accepted by the Board.


Our 2018 Spring Election concluded on May 31. On June 11, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to accept the results as certified by our contractor, Simply Voting. These results may be summarized as follows:

1) Faye Dixon was re-elected to the Board with 755 votes.

2) Theresa Robinson was elected to the Board with 635 votes.

3) The Minutes of the 2017 Annual Meeting were approved by the Membership.

Thanks to all the Co-op owners who voted! It was a good turnout for a “quiet” year (no major ballot measures, and only two seats up for election) but we look forward to even better participation next year. Plan now to vote in May 2019 – or if you’re really interested in helping guide our Co-op on behalf of all owners, consider running for the Board in 2019! Here’s where you can learn more here.

Election Procedures for 2018

Approved by the Board on Feb 12, 2018 • Click here to view Election Policies

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 Member 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 close of business on March 23, 2018.

3) Each Declared Candidate is expected (but not required) to submit a statement outlining his/her qualifications for Board service by March 23, 2018. The Statement is limited to 250 words and should be accompanied by a recent photo. Statements received by March 23, 2018 will be made available to voters in print and on the Co-op Website.

4) Each Declared Candidate is expected (but not required) to deliver a Campaign Speech at the 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 9, 2018 Board Meeting.

Election Materials:
1) Election & Voting information will be distributed to all eligible voters 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) The text of any Initiative Petition meeting the requirements above.
c) An analysis of each Initiative Proposition, if any, approved by the Board.
d) Arguments for and against each Ballot Proposition, if any, 250 words or less submitted by April 16, with a limit of one “For” and one “Against” each proposition.
e) Instructions for voting by all methods available.

2) All above material 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 members, 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 5, subject to reasonable verification and security procedures.
4) Simply Voting will provide the Board with certified results of the Election by June 8, and will return all paper ballots and other records to the Board by June 30, 2018.
5) Results of the Election will become final upon acceptance by the Board of Directors at a duly called meeting of the Board.

Note: We contracted with SimplyVoting for our 2017 Spring Election. The results of that election are here.

Election Calendar for 2018

2/12: Board approves Election procedures, including Election Calendar

2/16: Post Election Calendar & Annual Meeting date

3/23: Deadline for Owners to declare candidacy for the Board of Directors

5/14: Annual Meeting, opportunities to hear candidate speeches, online voting begins

5/14: Election Mailer mailed to Owners in good standing

5/31: Voting closes when our store closes

6/8: Receive certified election results from Simply Voting

6/11: Board accepts election results at last 2017-18 Board meeting

7/16: New Directors seated at first 2018-19 Board meeting

2017 Spring Election Results

(accepted by the Board June 12, 2017)

A total of 1189 (15.4%) of our 7722 eligible Owners voted. Compare to past elections. 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. The Election Mailer contents 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 Policies and Procedures

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

Letter to Members about our Spring Election, July 22, 2014 (text below)

Dear Member-Owners and Staff –

We’re writing as a board to provide a quick update on the major agenda items being considered by the Board of Directors of the Davis Food Co-op this week. First off: we’ve followed up on the bylaw eligibility issue regarding director-elect Ben Pearl (see below), and Ben has been seated to the Food Co-op board of directors. Secondly, in order to accommodate the discussion required to resolve this bylaw eligibility issue, we’ve moved our closed-session discussion regarding the search for a new general manager to a closed-session meeting on Saturday, July 26th.

1. In our board meeting on Monday night, July 21st, and in accordance with updated advice received from the Davis Food Co-op’s bylaw attorney, Therese Tuttle, the board moved to rescind its decision of June 30th (see our July 3rd “Letter from the Board Regarding the Election Results”), and instate director-elect Ben Pearl to a board seat. We’d like to thank you for your patience as we’ve worked to fully resolve this issue.

2. In order to honor the time necessary to resolve the above bylaw issue, and on balance respecting our responsibility to the ongoing general manager search process, the board decided on Monday to move our discussion regarding general manager selection to Saturday, July 26th, prior to a previously-scheduled board training session. The board will hold this discussion in closed session (as originally planned), in accordance with our board policy to discuss personnel issues in closed session and out of respect for the privacy of our GM candidates. The meeting is scheduled for 9 AM in the Teaching Kitchen. All members in good standing are welcome to attend and comment before the board adjourns to closed session.

Again, thank you for your ongoing patience as the board moves through these important items on the DFC’s agenda. We’re working hard to honor our responsibility to you as member-owners. If you have any ideas, questions, or concerns, please direct them to our board correspondence officer, Ben Pearl. Contact information for all board members can be found on the Davis Food Co-op website.

We’ll look forward to updating the membership early next week with our decision regarding the search process for a new DFC general manager.

In Cooperation,

The Davis Food Co-op Board of Directors

Final results accepted by Board of Directors on 6/19/14

8,526 shareholders were in good standing on 6/6/14, the last day of the election. As of 6/9, 953 ballots were counted from eligible voters.

Directors elected to three year terms:
Karen Rich Firestein, 475 votes;
Steve Reynolds, 378 votes;
L. Edward Clemens, 361 votes;,/p>

Elected to a two-year term as Director: Ben Pearl, 339 votes.

Elected to one-year terms as Alternate Directors:
First Sandra F. Schickele, 329 votes;
Second Ken Bradford, 299 votes

Also running:

Terrence Lott, 284 votes; Edward Diggs, 231 votes; Vincent P. Ortiz, 228 votes; Ruben F. Arevalo, 193 votes; Michael (Mike) Simpson, 134 votes.

Final results accepted by Board on 6/3/2013

Directors elected to three year terms:
Bernie Goldsmith, 503 votes
Diane Parro, 467 votes
Brietta Oaks, 404 votes

Alternate Directors (First and Second, respectively) for one year terms:
Ed Clemens, 359 votes
Scott Lay, 343 votes

Frank Fox (write in) received 58 votes

Final results accepted by Board on 6/4/2012

Directors elected to three year terms:
Desmond Jolly, 656 votes
Zoë Plakias, 487 votes
Bija Young, 441 votes

Director elected to one year term (created by resignation):
Bernie Goldsmith, 400 votes

Alternate Directors (First and Second, respectively) for one year terms:
Ed Clemens, 331 votes
Travis Breckon, 314 votes

Withdrawn candidate also receiving votes:
Karen Mo, 495 votes

Four undeclared candidates received votes (undeclared candidates cannot be elected):
Richard Livingston, Ken Wagstaff, Brett Lee & Willee Roberts all received one vote each. There was also one vote for "None of the above."

8,902 shareholders were in good standing on 5/25; 928 ballots have been counted, for a turnout of 10.4 percent. Our Bylaws state that a quorum for a regularly scheduled ballot is five percent of shareholders in good standing.

Voting has ended as of May 25, 2012 at close of business. The election calendar was adopted by the Co-op Board of Directors, by unanimous vote at the meeting of December 5, 2011. Ballots and Voter's Pamphlets were delivered to addresses on file of shareholders in good standing (as of March 31, 2012); delivery for Davis area addresses seems to have been mostly on 4/26 and 4/27/12.

Final results accepted by Board on 6/20/11

Janie Booth received 760 votes, Stacie Frerichs received 727 votes and Ben Pearl received 572 votes, and all were elected to three-year terms. Franklin D. Fox received 392 votes and was elected First Alternate; Travis Breckon received 41 votes† and was elected Second Alternate. Sarah J. Palmer received 32 votes. 4 shareholders voted for “None of the Above.”

Final results accepted by Board on 6/3/10

Dina Biscotti received 788 votes, Stephen Reynolds received 777 votes and Theodora Consolacion received 748 votes, and all were elected to three-year terms. Rebecca Hager receieved 661 votes and was elected to a one-year term filling M. Ulrich’s seat. Kevin Wolf received 659 votes and was elected First Alternate; Franklin “Frank” Fox received 270 votes and was elected Second Alternate. Michael Pach received 170 votes. 5 shareholders voted for “None of the Above.

Proposition 1: Initiative Date of Record

Yes (votes, percent)



No (votes, percent)



The annual election of Directors will be held between the first day of April and last day of June, inclusive, per our Bylaws.

Election Comparison, 1999 to 2015

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1999: boycott renewal on the ballot.

2000: renewal+initiation of a new boycott (hundreds of shareholders signed petition about Procter & Gamble).

2001: a bevy of Bylaws changes; only the one about loans was controversial.

2002: turnout suffered from an error that excluded Full-Share Partners from the mailing list.

2004: Bylaw changes were notably uncontroversial.

2007: Loan proposition was notably controversial.

2008: Director elections were controversial as fallout from 2007.

2009: a bevy of Bylaws changes; state election during vote also had lousy turnout.

2010: Directors had some controversy about boycotts

2011: Bylaw “wasn't from either side”