CEA is a democratic organization. CEA members play an important role in determining the direction and focus of the Association through several elected governing bodies - from CEA officers to county directors to delegates to the CEA and NEA Representative Assemblies. This area provides information and procedures about elections to these governing bodies.
Members interested in becoming candidates for several open governance positions must submit official nomination petitions to CEA. Petitions must be sent by certified mail, return-receipt requested, and postmarked by December 1, for eligible nominees to be certified as candidates by the CEA Elections Committee.
Requesting a nomination form
County Director and NEA Director and Director Alternate nomination and petition forms are available from Mary Pat Soucy at CEA's Hartford office. To request a form, contact her at 1-800-842-4316/860-525-5641 or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bylaws require all nomination petitions for the available positions be signed by at least 25 Active members; be received at CEA by certified mail, return-receipt requested; and be postmarked by December 1, to be eligible for nomination.
Nomination petitions must specify the name and qualifications of the person being nominated and the NEA position or county director position being sought. (Members must indicate on the official CEA nomination form which county director position they seek.)
The CEA Elections Committee will meet as soon as possible after December 1 to review all nomination petition forms and to certify candidates for these positions. All nominees who submit petitions will be notified about their status as a candidate following this meeting.
Information on nominees will be published in a spring issue of the CEA Advisor. Balloting for County Directors, if necessary, will be conducted within counties by first-class mail in late March.
NEA State Delegate Nominations
Members may nominate themselves or other members in accordance with the NEA eligibility requirements. All members, regardless of ethnic minority status or nonethnic minority status, are subject to any limitations in the NEA Constitution and Bylaws. They also must meet all eligibility requirements for current membership in the Association and in the class and category to be represented.
NEA Representative Assembly County Cluster Nomination Forms
Nomination forms and information about nomination procedures concerning County Cluster delegates will be available in late February. NEA requires local affiliates to have at least 76 members to be eligible to send one delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly. To give local affiliates with less than 75 members the opportunity to be represented by a delegate(s), NEA allows state affiliates to organize "clusters." CEA's clusters are organized by counties that have local affiliates with less than 75 members.