Bitter and I are going to continue our tradition of issuing endorsements for candidates for NRA Board of Directors. For those of you who are voting NRA members (Life member or higher, or people who have 5 unbroken years of annual NRA membership), you will soon begin receiving your ballots in your next copy of your magazine.
Why have endorsements? Because I’ve long been an advocate of bloggers having a voice at NRA, and one opportunity the NRA offers for having that voice is to vote for board members. We need people who share the views of the blogging community, share our outlooks, and who are willing to listen to us, and take us seriously. Often times that’s hard to know from the biographies in the magazine, which are always going to be favorable, because those are the people the nominating committee want to see elected.
We have endorsed six people for the board this year. That’s not to say there aren’t other people who have been nominated who are not worthy. These are candidates we have a good feeling about, or that we know personally. What we look for in board members are people who are going to be engaged members. I don’t want people who will just be a rubber stamp, will merely follow the herd, or will enjoy the title of the office without contributing much to it. But by the same token, I’m not looking for gratuitous pot stirrers, people who will be a pain in the ass, make the organization look bad, or make life unreasonably difficult for NRA staff.
I am going to endeavor to bring you more than just “Vote for this person, because I say they are worthy.” We are going to line up interviews with some of our endorsed candidates, so readers can judge for themselves. We will announce the endorsed candidates later in the week. In the mean time, I will be posting a bit on the role of the board, how NRA elections work, and more on why blogs should have a role to play in this process, particularly in bringing better information to voting NRA members about the people they are being asked to vote for.
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