The California Avocado Commission Board of Directors is comprised of 19 individuals serving as producers, handlers and public members. The state’s avocado growing region is currently broken down into five districts, with two producer members and one alternate producer member elected to serve each district for a total of 15 growers on the board (10 members and 5 alternate members). In addition, there are two handler members, one alternate handler member, along with one public member. Each seat on the board serves a two-year term, unless the seat is affected by redistricting, with expiring members' terms alternating so that there is continuity from one board to the next.
The annual CAC General Election will be held in October 2018 for one producer member seat in each of the five CAC districts. Interested producers shall declare their willingness to serve on the CAC Board as a representative of the district in which their grove is located. After the election tally, the candidates that receive the highest vote totals will be offered seats on the Commission. Elected producer members shall serve a two-year term, ending on October 31, 2020.
Due to changes to the CAC Law effective January 1, 2017 — which reduced the number of handler seats on the CAC Board — two handler member seats are slated to be filled during the 2018 election. One seat will be for a standard two-year term and one seat for a partial one-year term, that is through October 31, 2020 or October 31, 2019, respectively.
Alternate member seats, for both producers and handlers, are filled in odd-year election cycles and therefore no alternate seats are up for appointment during the 2018 election cycle.
The Summary of Open Seats (below) lists the seats that shall be filled in the upcoming election. Also included below is a schedule of important dates and deadlines related to the 2018 CAC General Election.
Summary of Open Seats
Should you have any questions regarding the election process, or serving as a commissioner, please contact April Aymami at 949.341.1955 or firstname.lastname@example.org.