July 1, 2017

2017 Election Committee Message

The 2017 Election Committee is responsible for running the election for Local 655 officers for the 2018 - 2020 term. The positions up for election are: President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, and six Directors.

Nominations and voting are by mail. Candidates are nominated by written petition signed by the nominee and five additional members. A sample nomination petition can be found at: 

The deadline for nomination petitions to be received by the Election Committee is September 21, 2017. Mail nomination petitions to:

South Florida Musicians Association
Election Committee
P.O. Box 814793
Hollywood, FL 33081-4793

After nominations, a voting package will be mailed to each member between October 6th and October 21st. The package will include a blank ballot, a return envelope, and an inner envelope for the marked ballot. The deadline for ballots to be received by the Election Committee is 5:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 20, 2017.

Your 2017 Election Committee is dedicated to protecting one of the most important rights we have as union members - the right to choose our leaders by secret ballot in a fair and honest election. Members of Local 655 are encouraged to contact the Election Committee with any questions or concerns about our election process at:

Fraternally Yours,
AFM Local 655 Election Committee
Scott Whitney, Chair
Jay Bertolet
Doug Michels
Dan Satterwhite

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to run for office?
Any member in good standing continuously for at least one year before September 21, 2017.

Where can I find the duties of the Localís officers?
In our bylaws under Article VII, Section 2.

Are the officers paid for their services to the Local?
Yes. President: $5,200 per year. Vice-President & Directors: $600 per year, plus $20 mileage reimbursement per board meeting. Secretary-Treasurer: $16,900 per year.

How do I nominate a member for office?
By sending a nomination petition signed by the nominee and five additional members to: South Florida Musicians Association, Election Committee, P.O. Box 814793, Hollywood, FL 33081-4793.

Can I send a nomination by fax, or email?
No. Nominations must be in writing and received by the Election Committee by September 21, 2017.

Can a member run for more than one position?
No. A member may not accept nomination for more than one office at a time.

How can I find out who has been nominated?
Nominees will be posted on the Localís website as they are received.

What if there is just one nominee for an office?
If there is only one nominee for an office, then that candidate is automatically elected and a ballot vote for that office is not necessary.

Can candidates promote themselves in the Localís newsletter?
Yes. Candidates have free space in the newsletter to promote their candidacy (up to 100 words). The deadline for newsletter submissions to be received by the Secretary-Treasurer is September 25, 2017.

Who is eligible to vote?
Any member (except Inactive Life Members) in good standing for at least 60 days continuously before Election Day.

Are suspended members eligible to vote?
No. Suspended members may receive a ballot, but it will not be counted unless the suspended member was reinstated at least 60 days before Election Day.

Will my vote be secret?
Yes. Each member will receive a printed ballot, a return envelope, and a secure inner envelope for the marked ballot. All of the secure inner envelopes will be removed from the return envelopes and mixed together before being opened. Unless you choose to reveal it yourself, no one will know how you voted.

Are write-in candidates allowed?
No. Only members whose names are printed on the ballot are eligible for election.

Whatís the deadline for ballots?
Ballots must be received by the Election Committee no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 20, 2017.

When will the results of the election be available?
The Election Committee will meet within 5 days after Election Day to tally the ballots and report the results to the President. The results will then be posted on the Localís website no later than November 25th. Election results will also appear in the December newsletter.