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        Run For National Office

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        Members running for office can read 100 Tips for Running for Office.

        Are you a potential national officer? A brief review of the requirements will encourage you. The national officer experiences the  ultimate appreciation of Business Professionals of America membership, and chapter members will experience greater involvement  through their officer member. Candidates must meet certain eligibility requirements and personal qualifications.

          

        National Officer Candidate Handbook-Available Soon!

        Electronic Candidate Form-Available Soon!

         

        Business Professionals of America Fact Sheet

        National Officer Candidate Grievance Contact Information Form

        Eligibility Requirements

        • Be a student enrolled in a state-approved business and/or office education program (Secondary Division).
        • Does not need to be a full-time business and/or office occupations student as long as enrolled in state-approved program with a career objective in business or office occupations or business education (Post-secondary Division).
        • Have a 2.5 grade point average based on a 4.0 scale; the average shall include all subjects taken the previous year and the first semester or quarter of the current year.
        • Be an active member of the state association.
        • Be a national member in good standing by February 15.
        • Be currently serving or have served as an elected officer of a local, regional/area, or state association.
        • Must have permission of his or her state association to run for national office.

        The 2014-15National Officer Team


        Personal Qualifications

        • Ability and time to perform the duties of the office.
        • Dedication to demands of the office.
        • Determination to conduct a vigorous campaign.
        • Willingness to develop leadership and management skills.
        • Self-discipline to devote the necessary time and effort to the requirements of national office.

        Advisors play an important role in the work of a national officer. The partnership that is essential between advisor and national officer is pivotal to success in every activity.

         

        Officer Candidate Guidelines

        If you're serious about running for national office, you'll need the National Election Procedures Handbook. This booklet will provide the details you will need to know about running for office. It contains obligations for both the advisor and the candidate, comments from former national officers, and election rules and regulations. The local advisor and prospective national officer should be familiar with the general regulations that govern the nominations and election of national officers. Therefore, it is imperative that you check with your state advisor for state eligibility guidelines on becoming a national officer candidate representing your state. The responsibility for selecting a national officer candidate is vested in the state association. Only members that meet the following criteria are eligible to be candidates for national office:

        1. Meet the criteria set forth by their state association
        2. Meet the qualifications set forth in the National Election Procedures Handbook
        3. Selected by their state association
        Election/Voting Procedures

        The Policy & Procedure rule, which states that Head Voting Delegates must attend the Candidate/ Head Voting Delegate Briefing Meeting, will be strictly enforced. States not complying will lose all their votes.


        Candidate/Head Voting Delegate Briefing Meetings for Secondary and Post-secondary Divisions
        Date: Wednesday, May 10
        Time: TBD
        Location: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

        This meeting is for all Candidates, Campaign Managers, and Head Voting Delegates. All National Officer Candidates must be present for this meeting . Ribbons and campaign information will be distributed during this meeting . General Voting Delegates are invited, but not required to attend.

        Candidates will be introduced at the opening session and can immediately begin distributing business cards. Only the candidate and the campaign manager can campaign prior to the rally and may only distribute standard business cards.

        Speeches will be given at divisional business meetings. There will be a Campaign Rally during which materials for each National Officer Candidate will be distributed to delegates. Only the candidate and the campaign manager are allowed to campaign. All campaign materials must be distributed only in the room designated for the Campaign Rally and only during the specified time period except for the business cards by the candidate.

        If needed, based on the number of candidates, a primary election will be held by secret ballot during the Campaign Rally at the time specified in the program. Every student member attending NLC  will have an opportunity to cast a ballot during the primary election.

        There will be no nominations from the floor. Any violation of the rules will be brought before the NLC Rules Committee. All grievances must be filed using the Grievance Form and following the proper Grievance Policy Guidelines . Any damage charges by the hotel resulting from inappropriate campaigning will be charged to the candidate’s state association.

        Schedules will be distributed prior to the State Caucuses . The top ten candidates for each division will have an opportunity to caucus.

        The primary election results will be pro-rated based on the number of voting delegates allocated to  each state association which is determined by memberships submitted to the NationalCenter by February 15, 2016. Only designated voting delegateswillcastvotesinthegeneralelectionand transactallotherbusiness.

        Offices will be filled by the six (6) candidates receiving the highest majority votes for the Secondary Division and the four (4) candidates receiving the highest majority votes for the Post- secondary Division. Once the six (6) Secondary officers and the four (4) Post-secondary officers have been elected, a placement committee will place the officers in a specific office. Candidates will be interviewed by this committee before placement. Members of the committee will include two (2) Board Members, National Officer Coordinator, Executive Director, one (1) former National Officer, and one (1) Alumni Member.


        Secondary Division Voting Delegates
        The number of Secondary Voting Delegates is determined by granting each State Association five (5) votes plus additional votes, based on their paid student memberships received in the National Center by February 15 . Membership dues received after February 15, if postmarked prior to February 15, and if mailed first class, shall qualify for the February 15 deadline. Additional votes will be determined by multiplying the state student membership total by a factor of .003 and rounding tothenearestwholenumber.
         

        Post-secondary Division Voting Delegates
        The number of Post-secondary Voting Delegates  is determined by granting each State Association three (3) votes plus additional votes, based on their paid student memberships received in the National Center by February 15 . Membership dues received after February 15, if postmarked prior to February 15, and if mailed first class, shall qualify for the February 15 deadline. Additional votes will be determined by multiplying the state student membership total by a factor of .008 and rounding to the nearest whole number.

         

         

         

         

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