Voting Began April 21
Voting began recently to select two independent grower positions and one independent handler position on the Almond Board of California (ABC) Board of Directors. Alternate seats for those spots are also open. Voting ends May 26.
Candidates for the independent grower positions:
Grower Position One, Member (1-year term): Grower Position One, Alternate:
Paul Ewing, Los Banos (incumbent) Brian Wahlbrink, Sonora (petitioner)
Katie Staack-Dorsett, Waterford (petitioner)
Grower Position Two, Member (3-year term): Position One, Alternate
Brandon Rebiero, Modesto (petitioner) Michael O’Banion, Firebaugh (petitioner)
Lee Erickson, Madera (petitioner)
Candidates for the independent handler positions:
Handler Position Three, Member (1-year term): Handler Position Three, Alternate:
Darren Rigg, Le Grand (incumbent) Chad DeRose, McFarland (incumbent)
Jonathan Hoff, Denair (petitioner)
Spencer Birch, Wasco (petitioner
Ballots and instructions have been mailed to all independent growers and handlers whose names are on file with ABC. Ballots must be received by ABC by May 26. Any independent grower or handler who does not receive a ballot can contact Toni Arellano at email@example.com.
“Every vote is important,” said ABC President and CEO Richard Waycott. “More than 7,600 growers and 100 handlers count on the Board of Directors to guide the work of the Almond Board and to help the industry navigate these complicated times.”
The ABC board, made up of five handler and five grower representatives, sets policy and recommends budgets in major areas, including marketing, production research, public relations and advertising, nutrition research, statistical reporting, quality control and food safety.
Results will be announced June 1 and the new board will start its term Aug. 1.