Monday, June 24

USCF Election

Some adult readers will receive their ballot for the USCF Executive Board election in postal mail within the next week.  Frankly, chess politics make me cringe, and I sympathize with chess players who display zero interest as long as tournaments get rated promptly.  However, a national organization of 80,000 members needs competent leaders.

Six candidates vie for four seats.  The top two finishers earn 3 year seats and the next two are elected for 2 years.  Each voting member may vote for as many as four candidates.

Here are my three endorsements
  • Ruth Haring hails from Northern California and attends local tournaments.  As current USCF President, she applies experience in business to help the chess community.
  • Mike Atkins organizes and directs major tournaments on the east coast.  In his first term on the Board, he served the federation with an open mind and a steady hand.
  • Randy Bauer is a chess master and an accountant in Iowa government.  A former Board member, he brings to the table financial guidance that the USCF often lacks.
I choose to vote for only three names on the ballot.  The other three candidates are: Beatriz Marinello, Tim Redman and Chuck Unruh.  While all six candidates appear dedicated to chess, I have specific reasons for not endorsing a fourth person.

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