DURHAM, NC - February's special online elections to select directors and associate directors in Regions 1 and 7 ended at midnight February 28, and NPPA national secretary Sean Elliot counted the votes today and then notified the winners.
In Region 1, incumbent director Michelle McLoughlin defeated challenger Bill Southworth, 67-18, with three write-in votes cast for John Walker. For associate director, Justin Ide narrowly defeated Steven Frischling, 44-41, with a single write-in vote for Walker.
In Region 7, Jack Zibluk defeated Merry Murray 51-24 for director, while Karen Segrave defeated T. Rob Brown for associate director with a vote tally of 41-33.
The newly elected officers assume their new posts immediately.
Elliot reports that Region 1's total of 88 votes represents a 14.5 percent voter turnout, while Region 7's total of 75 ballots represents a 21 percent voter turnout.
"I especially want to thank the candidates for their willingness to run for office," Elliot said tonight, "and the regional nominating committees for their work in presenting such well-qualified slates for their members in the two regions, and the members in each region for exercising their right and casting ballots."
The candidates' biographies and their campaign statements are here.