The Food Co-op Board of Directors election is coming up May 2-15, 2016. You can read more about the election, and all of the candidates, on the Board Elections page.
You are also invited to join the candidates for cake, coffee, tea and conversation at our Meet the Candidates event on Wednesday, April 27th, 7:00pm in The Food Co-op dining room.
In the mean time, we will be introducing the candidates one by one here on the blog. Four candidates are running for four available seats. This blog features David Wayne Johnson. The other candidates are Marty Canaday, Monica le Roux, and Owen Rowe.
1. Personal statement, including anything you feel is relevant to your candidacy.
I have been a resident of Port Townsend since August 1998, have worked as a Planner for Jefferson County since 2003, and been a Co-op member since 2005. Like many of you, I moved to Port Townsend because it had everything I wanted in a community, and I wanted to settle in a place that I could serve and contribute to, while enjoying all it had to offer.
2. Why would you like to serve on the Board of Directors?
I have been serving on the Board as the Treasurer since May 2013 and would like to continue that work, since it seems like I have just gotten a good grasp of the work, the people and the organization. There is much more to be done.
3. Describe your interests, experience, and expertise that may contribute to the Board’s activities.
I’m interested in health through organic foods and supporting the local food system economy by chairing the Co-op Board’s Food System Development Committee and drafting the committee’s report: “The State of Our Local Food System.”
4. What experience have you had contributing to successful group efforts?
With few exceptions, my work on the current Board and as a Planner for the County require that I function, make decisions and implement work as a team member instead of as an individual. Working together for successful Annual Member’s Meetings is always rewarding.
5. The Strategic Plan’s first long range goal is Market Position, and it includes the following strategy: Develop and implement our long term facilities plan. What do you think should be considered in developing such a plan?
We are currently working on this, and several sites are and scenarios under consideration. As the Treasurer my function would be to advise the Board on how to finance any expansion of our facilities in the short and long term. Obviously, cost-effectiveness will have to be balanced with the overall needs of the members.
6. How would you encourage greater member-owner involvement in elections, member-owner forums and meetings?
We need a campaign to more fully develop the “Co-op Culture,” not just for our organization, but for promoting a cooperative economy on a local, state, national and global level. This would require being very clear and definitive about the benefits of a Co-op over the Corporate business model, and incentives for participation, especially among our youngest members.