As the 2021 GOSH Election Secretary, I want to start off by thanking all of our great candidates for helping us realize the first GOSH Election. The candidates upheld the values of GOSH, bringing their own unique perspectives to the election, and acted as great stewards of this community.
Our wonderful independent observer Ankita (@sudokita) and I have tabulated the votes, and we are excited to announce the 2021 GOSH Community Council!
We had 58 registered voters, and 45 votes were cast between May 21st and May 31st. The STAR voting platform performed well, and made it very straightforward to identify the seven winning candidates.
In order to make the seated community council as equitable and representative as possible, a minimum of 4 candidates who self-identify as one of the following groups will be seated. In this election, the minimum requirement was met, with 6 sitting Community Council members identifying as one or more of these groups. Of the 14 candidates who ran, 13 identified as one or more of these groups.
As a reminder, the GOSH governance plan states that the 4 elected candidates receiving the highest scores will be seated for 2-year terms, and the 3 remaining elected candidates will be seated for 1-year terms. This is done in order to ensure a balance of continuity and healthy turnover across annual elections.
Introducing the 2021 GOSH Community Council:
The Governance Working Group will be reaching out to new Community Council members to schedule a set of handoff discussions, and we will make sure to keep everyone updated on that process.
As this was the first-ever election, we will also be planning a community retrospective in collaboration with the Community Council to explore how we can make future elections smoother and more equitable.
We want to thank all the candidates who ran, as we know this was a substantial undertaking. We have been deeply gratified by the community response and participation.
Congratulations to the newly elected Community Council! Members of the GOSH community have chosen you for their first community council, and we look forward to what you will achieve going forward.
On behalf of the GOSH Governance Working Group