Nomination by Petition

Announcement of Nominations by Petition For the 2022 GAOR Officers and Directors

Dear Members,

As is required by our bylaws and policy, the Nominating Committee announces a Nomination by Petition and releases the final slate as shown below.  GAOR has received enough verified petition signatures to add a second candidate for the position of President-Elect. Thank you to all the candidates running for these seats on our Board.  We are grateful for your dedication and volunteerism to our Association.

We will publish all the candidate statements this Wednesday, June 23rd.  Officer candidates are invited to speak at the June 23 Town Hall meeting and Board candidates are invited to speak at the June 30 Town Hall. Candidates should watch for a separate message with more details.

Nominating Committee Slate for the 2022 GAOR Officers and Directors

Board of Directors (four seats open):

  • Vivian Long
  • Eddie Minassian
  • Vahe Saginian
  • Keith Sorem

Treasurer:  Addora Beall

Vice President:   Sevak Sohrabian


  1. Carmen Arom
  2. George Khachatourian

The four Director positions are for two-year terms, while the Officer positions of President-Elect, Vice President, and Treasurer are for one year each. For detailed information on the roles and eligibility requirements of each position, download the document “Duties and Responsibilities of Elected Officers and Directors

The results will be announced at GAOR’s General Membership Meeting by President Rick Bonyadi on Wednesday, July 14. Please note that we added a few days to the end of the election calendar in order to accommodate our Town Hall audience which normally meets on Wednesdays. Under this schedule, the online election will begin on Wednesday, June 23, and will close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 9. The deadline for turning in petitions is now Friday, June 18. GAOR will publish candidate statements on or after June 23.

The slate is a recommendation by the Nominating Committee and the Committee may only recommend one candidate for each position. If you want to run for a position but your name is not on the slate, you may do so by obtaining signatures from 5% from the GAOR membership. See the list of Frequently Asked Questions for more details.

GAOR Election Timeline

May 14: Start accepting applications (open for 2 weeks)

May 28, 5:00 p.m.: Deadline for candidate applications;

(mailed applications must be postmarked by May 28 and received by June 2)

June 3-8: Nominating Committee to meet and review applications

June 9: Nominating Committee presents slate (4 weeks before the election)

June 9: Campaigning starts.

June 18: Deadline for Nominating by Petition (3 weeks before the election)

June 21: Announcement of any nominations by petition. GAOR will publish candidate statements.

June 23: Voting begins. Ballots emailed to members (16 days open)

June 23 and 30: Candidates introductions at weekly Caravan meetings

July 9, 5:00 p.m.: Election ends. Ballots received after this time will not be counted

July 12-13: Election Committee certifies the ballots

July 14, 9:00 a.m.: General Membership Meeting – Announce new Officers and Board

Thank you for supporting your Association by voting in the upcoming election! To all candidates, thank you for your interest in joining GAOR’s leadership team.


David Kissinger, Chief Executive Officer

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