AAJA National Officer Elections

Every year, AAJA holds membership-wide elections for national officers. The elections are staggered to ensure continuity on the Board of Directors. In odd years, the positions eligible for elections are Senior Vice President, Vice President of Journalism Programs and Vice President of Communications. In even years, such as this year (2022), the positions eligible for elections are President, Vice President of Civic Engagement and Vice President of Finance.

The national officers are members of the AAJA Board of Directors. In addition to the six national officers, the Board of Directors is composed of five elected board members who are members of the AAJA Advisory Board: 2 board members representing small chapters (less than 50 full members) and/or medium chapters (50-99 full members), 1 board member representing a large chapter (100 or more full members), and 2 members elected at-large by and from the Advisory Board. These five members’ terms are also staggered to ensure continuity on the Board of Directors. 

AAJA’s elections will be rooted in the following core principles: dedication to AAJA’s mission, transparency, respect, empathy, open and constructive debate, and the pursuit of organizational and financial stability of AAJA as a nonprofit. 

AAJA 2022 Elections

Each year, the timeline for national officer elections is determined by the Election Officer and the Executive Director. AAJA’s national officer elections run for six weeks and take place in conjunction with the summer convention. The Board of Directors, in conjunction with the Executive Director, shall establish the procedure and the time frame for elections, per AAJA’s bylaws.   

The 2022 election schedule is as follows: 

  • Thursday, June 30 – Nomination period starts
  • Friday, July 8 – Nomination period ends, 8 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, July 13 – Announcement of candidates & voting begins
  • Sunday, July 17 at 7 p.m. ET – Candidate forum hosted by AAJA HQ. Register for the candidate forum in advance HERE. Please submit your questions for the candidates ahead of time HERE.
  • Friday, July 22 – Deadline to renew or join in order to be eligible to vote — confirmation of membership must be dated before 8 p.m. ET. Please renew your membership in advance.
  • Friday, July 29 – Voting concludes, 8 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, July 30 – Results announced
View this year’s candidate forum here. 

Open Positions

The nomination period is currently CLOSED for officers who serve for the 2023-2024 termCandidates for national office can be nominated by any full member in good standing. Candidates must also be full members in good standing. All candidates must agree to and abide by the AAJA Code of Conduct. Nominations were due July 8, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET.

Candidates 2023-2024

View all candidates and their statements here in this Google Doc

Running for: President

Running for: VP of Finance

Running for: VP of Civic Engagement 

Voting Eligibility and Process

The voting period will begin on July 13 and end on July 29, 2022. Our eBallot has officially opened; please use the login information emailed to you to access this link and vote. 

AAJA HQ will distribute information on the voting method. Members will also receive timely communications about election deadlines at the email address associated with their membership. 

***The most common cause for members “not receiving” AAJA emails is that the email address associated with their membership is not current. Members are urged to check their email addresses associated with their AAJA account so that they can receive AAJA communications.*** 


All eligible voters – Professional, Gold Professional, Platinum Professional, Lifetime, Retired or Student members in good standing – are entitled to cast one vote and will receive their eBallots today, sent to the email with which they signed up for their AAJA membership. If you are not currently eligible to vote, you may become eligible by registering or renewing your membership by Friday, July 22. For questions on joining or renewing, visit the Membership FAQ.


Once ballots are cast, they cannot be changed. Only ballots originating from the principal office, with the sanction of the vice president of communications or the Election Officer, shall be considered bona-fide. Absentee ballots must be received by AAJA at least two weeks prior to the election date. An absentee ballot is considered cast when received by the principal office.


Ballots will be sent via eBallot beginning Tuesday, July 13, 2022. Please remember to check your spam or junk mail folders, and ensure that you are checking your email address associated with your AAJA membership.

Members must activate or renew their membership by Friday, July 22, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET, in order to be eligible to vote in the elections. Please note that once you renew your membership or join as a member:

    • If you are a current member, you should receive your eBallot by July 13.
    • If you renew/join between July 12-16, you will receive your eBallot by July 17.
    • If you renew/join between July 17-22, you will receive your eBallot by July 23.

Voting will end on July 29, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET. There will be no exceptions.

AAJA National Officers Election Guide

For more information on the elections process, please review our AAJA National Officers Election Guide, which incorporates updated practices and standards governing AAJA’s elections. This guide was approved by non-candidate members of the Board of Directors in July 2021.

This guide will serve as an addendum to AAJA’s bylaws, which govern AAJA’s elections. Portions of this guide are drawn directly from the bylaws. For matters not addressed in this guide, please consult AAJA’s bylaws. It was produced in July 2021, and will be reviewed every year prior to the beginning of AAJA national officer elections. This guide codifies longstanding practices and standards of AAJA elections in order to ensure continuity, fairness, transparency, and a shared understanding of expectations and standards. It incorporates updated practices and standards approved by the non-candidate members of the Board of Directors in July 2021.

If you have additional questions regarding elections, please contact vpcomms@aaja.org.