The following are nominated candidates for SEA/SEIU Local 1984 officers and Directors, to be elected at Convention on Oct. 4 and 5. Candidates for each position are listed in alphabetical order by last name.
President (one position, three-year term)
Richard Gulla, Chapter 17
As a member of the SEA Board of Directors and a union steward for the Liquor Commission, I am grateful to be part of our fantastic organization. During the past two years, I have visited dozens of worksites and have spoken to hundreds of state, county and municipal workers.
I’ve heard personal stories and shared frustrations with many workers, and am dismayed by how disconnected people feel from their union leadership. We need to deal with issues that affect our rank and file members.
We need a leader who can draw from our resources and empower our members; I believe I am that leader.
Diana Lacey, Chapter 45
This is an amazing union and together we accomplish more than you might think. Today, it takes a mass of people to truly win for members and workers. As president, I have been honored to work with you, community allies, elected leaders and labor leaders to move forward the priorities important to you.
Being your union president is a complex, challenging and yet incredibly rewarding experience. I ask for your vote so that together, we can tackle whatever it takes to succeed for us all!
First Vice President (one position, three-year term)
Peter Brunette, Chapter 41
In order to be of greater service to my fellow union members, I will stand before the Convention as a nominee for the office of First Vice President. A former Board member, I am a Steward, President of Chapter 41, Chair of Dispute Resolution Committee, and member of the Steward Committee. Recently elected to the Master Bargaining Team, I am also a member of the Collective Bargaining Advisory Committee and Collective bargaining Senate. As First VP, I would work with the President to expand membership and encourage my fellow members to get All in to Win and help make real changes in the workplace.
Ken Roos, Chapter 16
I am the incumbent First Vice President, serving in my second two-year term. I have been an SEA member for 15 years, serving half this time on the Board of Directors. Furthermore, I have been chair of Political Education for 10 years and also currently serve on the Finance Committee, the DHHS LMC and the SEA team negotiating the contracts for our SEA staff members and managers. As 1st VP, I serve as Chair of Convention Arrangements and stand as the face of the Union at the call of the President. Please support me as I seek to serve you in this honorable position for another term. Thank you.
Second Vice President (one position, three-year term)
Tammy Clark, Chapter 45
This organization adopted a Vision Statement that included having Meaningful Member Involvement, Substantial Growth and Density, Influential and Respected Political Strength, and building a Dynamic Union Infrastructure by 2018. We need to identify and develop leadership skills among our members. We need to find avenues for our members to have a voice. We need to have a two-way dialogue with our members. I want to be part of the process that helps us achieve those goals. I believe I have the experience and the heart to help lead this organization for the next three years.
Treasurer (one position, three-year term)
Ralph Tilton, Chapter 44
I am proud and honored to have served as the Treasurer of SEA for the last 14 years. I stand committed to seeing that the resources of our union are committed to fighting those who would knock us down. We are strongest when we stand together.
We must use our resources prudently to protect our retirement, to protect and enforce worker’s rights, to research for better contracts and to enforce benefits already won through collective bargaining.
We face a lot of uncertainty in the coming months and years. SEA has never been stronger. Together we will fight back and together we will win!
Secretary (one position, three-year term)
Shelley Elmes, Chapter 4
Director (State, three positions, three-year term)
Jim Nall, Chapter 9
Chairman of Collective Bargaining, Dues Assistance, CBAC, State LMC, HBC, Steward, Councilor, Chapter 9 VP and two-term BOD member.
Cindy Perkins, Chapter 19
Cindy Perkins (NHES, Somersworth) has served on the board for one year. Her highest priorities are fair wages and benefits for full and part time workers, and encouraging informed and involved members.