Elections

About

The Board of Directors represents all 7,500+ owners and shape the vision for the co-op while evaluating the current performance of the business through Policy Governance. A strong and successful cooperative depends on a highly functional and effective Board of Directors. Your co-op needs your input in guidance and leadership to continue to thrive as a cooperative business. Claim one of your most powerful rights of co-op ownership and vote today!

The Merc Co+op's Board of Directors is comprised of seven co-op owners who are elected by the general ownership and serve three-year terms. Any co-op owner may run for a board position and all co-op owners in good standing with shares paid in full by August 31. 2017 are eligible to vote.

Voting Details

Voting will occur from October 1 through November 5, 2017. Voting will take place through a secure, online portal as well as by paper ballots available in store. Voters will select from three candidates to fill two open seats. (Scroll down to meet the candidates.)

Election results will be announced at the Annual Co-op Meeting on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Carnegie Building and on the website thereafter.

Questions

Questions or having trouble logging in, contact Tony Gradert, Owner Services Specialist at 785-843-8544 or ownerservices@themerc.coop.


Meet the Candidates

Anthony Lang I have been a member of The Merc Co+op since I first moved to Lawrence 15 years ago while serving as a young Army Officer at Fort Leavenworth. My family and I always believed in the mission of The Merc and have supported its growth as members and consumers. The Merc taught us to be better consumers—to understand the source of our food, choosing quality over quantity, and commitment to people over profits.

Anthony Lang

I have been a member of The Merc Co+op since I first moved to Lawrence 15 years ago while serving as a young Army Officer at Fort Leavenworth. My family and I always believed in the mission of The Merc and have supported its growth as members and consumers. The Merc taught us to be better consumers—to understand the source of our food, choosing quality over quantity, and commitment to people over profits.

Judy Dutton I have been a member of The Merc since its early days. I volunteered at the 7th Street store, and have shopped at the Co-op since its days on Mass. St. I have had a long interest in healthy food and healthy cooking, and have gained a great deal from The Merc to support those interests. A serious health crisis in 2002 increased my focus on healthy eating, and it was a great relief to know I could shop in one place to get the kind of food I both wanted and needed for my recovery and long-term health. I came through that crisis, and it now seems like time to give back.

Judy Dutton

I have been a member of The Merc since its early days. I volunteered at the 7th Street store, and have shopped at the Co-op since its days on Mass. St. I have had a long interest in healthy food and healthy cooking, and have gained a great deal from The Merc to support those interests. A serious health crisis in 2002 increased my focus on healthy eating, and it was a great relief to know I could shop in one place to get the kind of food I both wanted and needed for my recovery and long-term health. I came through that crisis, and it now seems like time to give back.

Richard Dickinson I believe in the Co-op idea and have been a co-op member for over twenty years. Living in Wakarusa, some 45 minutes away from Lawrence, we go in to shop at the Merc every Saturday and sometimes during the week.

Richard Dickinson

I believe in the Co-op idea and have been a co-op member for over twenty years. Living in Wakarusa, some 45 minutes away from Lawrence, we go in to shop at the Merc every Saturday and sometimes during the week.