SGA Vote - CC Vacancy - Male

Ranked Choice Vote ID 134
Ranked Choice Vote Election: Coordinating Committee, unscheduled vacancies, one male seat, remainder of July 2016 - June 2018
Type Secret Ballot
Number of Seats 1
Ranked Choice Vote Administrator Laura Wells
Phase Discussion
Discussion 10/02/2017 - 11/12/2017
Voting 11/13/2017 - 11/19/2017

Presens Quorum



No other candidate
Stephen Zollman
Christopher Cruz
Angel Orellana

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This election is to fill one unscheduled vacancy for one male seat on the GPCA Coordinating Committee resulting from resignation by Jose Trinidad Castaneda III, elected in June 2016 to serve the remainder of the two year term running from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018. The Coordinating Committee's Duties and Authority are found here

When such unscheduled vacancies occur, the Coordinating Committee shall publish a Notice of Vacancy and Call for Candidate Submissions to the active County Organizations, as per GPCA Bylaws 8-4.5 This was sent on July 10, 2017.

According to GPCA Bylaws 8-2.1, "The Coordinating Committee shall be composed of up to 24 voting members, with 12 men and 12 women. Six men and six women shall be elected each year to serve staggered, two year terms" and 8-4.1 "Elections shall be conducted each year by the Standing Green Assembly using Ranked Choice Voting with a No Other Candidate option, with the six week discussion period beginning on the first Monday of May and the one week voting period commencing immediately thereafter" 8-4.3(b) adds that the election as it is posted to the Standing Green Assembly shall include: "A full and detailed explanation of Ranked Choice Voting, an explanation of the No Other Candidate option, and an encouragement that delegates make their choices seriously and a reminder that they do not have to fill all seats unless they feel there are enough qualified candidates."

Ranked Choice Voting is explained here: • • (click “Ranked-Choice Voting”) • . Ranking 'No Other Candidate' (NOC) means once NOC passed the approval threshold, no further candidates will be elected, other than those (if any) who have already been elected before NOC reached the threshold.


Bio and Statement - Stephen Zollman:

My name is Stephen Zollman and I am applying to be a Green Party of California Coordinating Committee member. As a formerSan Francisco Public Defender, who represented our youth for over eight and half years, I am very concerned about access to quality education, health care and clean environments for our youth. I was appointed to the Sonoma County Child Care Planning Council and served as its advocacy co-chair for two years. I also served on the board of a Sonoma County nonprofit, River to Coast Children's Services board as its fundraising chair for a number of years. To generate more awareness of the need for greater diversity within our leadership ranks, I served as chair of Sonoma County Pride in 2014. I have served the family law needs of our low income through my Veteran owned law firm, as a lead on the State Bar's Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services and currently through representing parents and youth in the dependency system. I would like to work to address the needs of our youth and continue to build diversity within our party. Being on the board of the San Francisco Bay Area National Lawyers Guild and national Military Law Task Force as well as being an officer within the American Bar Association can help facilitate this. I enjoyed serving on this committee previously.

Green Party work:

- On a National level, I have been active with the Jill Stein for President Social Group, as well as working with Michael Dennis and a few others consolidating quotes and articles to be used for social media.


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Jill Stein for President Social Media Team has 7,265 members. This is a group for supporters of Jill Stein for President to share ideas and action plans...

- On a State level, I am an administrator for the California for Jill Stein page, I have also worked to support our candidates like Marnie Glickman and David Curtis.

- On a Local state, I have been a Sonoma County Coordinator since 2013 when I established the Guerneville Greens, I am also a Council candidate for this June’s election. I am in the process of helping with the social media needs of the chapter. While in SF, I worked to support Francisco Herrera.

Thank you for all that you continue to do for the Green Party and for your consideration. I would be honored to receive your vote.

Bio and Statement - Christopher Cruz:

Hello my name is Christopher Cruz and I am sending this email with the interest of applying for the vacant male coordinating committee seat. I am a student and community organizer. I went Green or "Dem-Exit" following Bernie's presidential primary loss.  I used the momentum of the election to call for the first meeting of what would become the "Eastside Greens". Our group is currently an unoffical Green Local, but very active in our home communities of East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights.

I believe that having a young, Chicano perspective as part of the coordinating committee could bring insight into the Green Party of California in regards to issues that effect communities of color.

Thank You for the consideration.
Christopher C.


Bio and Statement - Angel Orellana:

[Full application and bio will be posted when received.]

My name is Angel Orellana and I have been a Green since 2016.  I would like to apply for the male coordinating committee position.

Please let me know about next steps :)

Thank you,
Angel Orellana


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