The deadlines for candidate filings for Sun City Home Owners Association and Recreation Centers of Sun City boards are fast approaching.
The SCHOA board has four expiring seats this year. Those are now held by Jim Hunter, Joseph Janos, Ritchie Miller and Rick Gray. Mr. Hunter is in his second year as board president.
SCHOA officials are accepting candidate applications for the election, usually conducted in November. Applications are available at the SCHOA office, 10401 W. Coggins Drive, according to Gail Warmath, SCHOA Elections Committee chairwoman. The office remains closed this month due to the coronavirus, but those interested in running for the board can call 623-974-4718 to have one sent to them, or SCHOA staff would take it to them in their car in the office parking lot if they are wearing a mask.
“Have you thought about giving a little something back to our wonderful community, working with a great group of people and finding satisfaction in keeping Sun City a special place to live?” Ms. Warmath stated in an email. “If so, consider serving on the board of directors for SCHOA.”
Of the four expiring positions, three are three-year terms and one is a one-year term. Those elected will begin their terms Jan. 1, 2021, Ms. Warmath explained. Candidate applications are due back in early fall.
To be an eligible candidate, applicants must be a deeded real estate owner in Sun City, be a member in good standing of SCHOA and be able to serve a three-year term. There will be candidate orientation and events where the candidates will be able to meet other Sun City residents, Ms. Warmath explained.
She added serving board members can be available to discuss board service for those who want more information.
Candidate applications are available now at the corporate office, 10626 W. Thunderbird Blvd., for cardholders interested in running for the board. Prospective candidates must pick up a packet in person and show their rec card. They must also wear a face mask while in the office.
The corporation annually elects three candidates for the board to three-year terms. This year a fourth seat, for a one-year term, is open due to the resignation earlier this year of Diana Graettinger due to health reasons.
The other expiring seats are now held by Dan Schroeder, Sue Wilson and Dale Lehrer.
The election is conducted in December and candidate applications are due back by early fall. Candidates traditionally participate in orientations and public forms.
This year RCSC officials will do something a little different to allow prospective candidates to get a preview of what to expect as a board member, according to Rich Hoffer, RCSC board member and Elections Committee chairman. RCSC officials hosted informational sessions June 16 at Lakeview Center, 10626 W. Thunderbird Blvd.
The RCSC board is made up of nine members. The qualifications to be a board candidate are the prospective candidate must be at least 55; not be related by marriage or birth to any other member of the board, senior management staff or board candidate; be a deeded real estate owner of property in Sun City, as well as a resident of Sun City; be a member in good standing; reside in Sun City and be available at least 10 months of the year; meet the requirement to hold an Arizona liquor license; be eligible and available to serve a three-year term; and attend board candidate orientations.
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