Department of Agriculture - County and Independent Agricultural Societies - Declaration of candidacy for society directors.

Published: 2016-07-07

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(A) Each candidate for the office of director of a society shall declare his candidacy by filing with the secretary of the society, a petition signed by ten or more members of the agricultural society, at least seven days before the annual election of directors is held. The petition submitted shall state the specific board position for which the candidate is seeking to be elected. Any member who fails to file a petition that includes the specific board position is ineligible for election as a director.

(B) The secretary of each society shall:

(1) Announce the filing requirements for the office of director and information as to how these may be fulfilled:

(a) Conspicuously in the annual premium list; and

(b) In at least one newspaper of general circulation in the county or district concerned, and/or on the society's website, no earlier than six weeks and no later than two weeks before the annual election of directors.

(2) Furnish blank petitions to any member of the society who requests such petitions at any reasonable time.

(3) Maintain and post a current list of the society's members in a public place, or make a current list available for inspection, at any reasonable time, upon request of any resident of the county or district concerned.

(4) Determine the adequacy of the nominating petition filed by a candidate before ordering the name of said candidate to be printed on the ballot, including a determination that at least ten signatories are members of the society.