Board of Directors Elections

 
 

About

The Merc Co+op’s Board of Directors represents all 8,100+ owners and shapes the vision for the co-op while evaluating the current performance of the business. Claim one of your most powerful rights of co-op ownership and vote in our 2019 board elections!

The Board of Directors is comprised of nine co-op owners who are elected by the general ownership and serve three year terms. There are four candidates running for two open seats on the board. Scroll below to meet the candidates.

Voting will take place through a secure, online portal as well as by paper ballots available at right and in store. All co-op owners with shares paid in full by September 2, 2019 are eligible to vote. 

Meet the Candidates

We asked all candidates to comment on the following:

  • Current Employment and Work Experience

  • Previous Board Experience

  • What skills would you bring to The Merc Co+op’s Board of Directors?

  • Why would you like to serve on The Merc Co+op’s Board of Directors?

Click on the images below to view the candidates’ statements.

Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

Dustin Brown   Director of Engineering, Identity Automation   incumbent

Dustin Brown

Director of Engineering, Identity Automation

incumbent

Michael Knight   Lead College & Career Coordinator, Kansas City Kansas Public Schools   candidate

Michael Knight

Lead College & Career Coordinator, Kansas City Kansas Public Schools

candidate

Dorri Rowan   Certified Human Resources Professional   candidate

Dorri Rowan

Certified Human Resources Professional

candidate

Deon Whitten   Career Specialist, Jobs for America’s Graduates - Kansas, F.L. Schlagle High School   candidate

Deon Whitten

Career Specialist, Jobs for America’s Graduates - Kansas, F.L. Schlagle High School

candidate


Timeline 2019

The co-op conducts elections using electronic and written voting. if possible, we need your completed application in advance of the deadline to allow time to prepare the electronic materials.

  • Saturday, April 20 – applications available online and at customer service. Board members available during owner appreciation Days or via email for questions regarding board roles and responsibilities.

  • Monday, June 3, July 1, or August 5 – candidates required to attend one board meeting at 6 p.m.

  • Friday, August 16 – Application deadline. Application packets must be completed and received by this date. They are to be sent to Judy Dutton, Board@TheMerc.coop, to be published.

  • Monday, September 2 – Date of record. (Owners as of this date can vote in the election and attend the Annual Owner Meeting.)

  • Monday, September 9 - Sunday, October 20 – Elections. Ballots accepted in-store and online.

  • Friday, November 1 – Annual Co-op Meeting with announcement of successful candidates.

Results

Election results will be announced at the Annual Co-op Meeting on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Cider Gallery and on the website thereafter.


Also on the Ballot

Also on the ballot, is an option to approve, by proxy, to amend the Corporation’s Articles of Incorporation to increase the numbers of shares the Corporation is authorized to issue. 

When your co-op was founded in 1974 and adopted our Articles of Incorporation, we were required to designate a cap on the number of shareholders or co-op owners. At that time, 10,000 owners seemed unimaginable.Yet today, 45 years later, we have surpassed 8,100 and gain more each day. As we look to expand into Kansas City, Kansas and invite more members of our regional community to join the co-op, we must vote to increase that cap.

According to Kansas law, cooperative businesses are required to gain approval by one-third of their shareholders in order to alter their Articles of Incorporation. For your co-op, this means that we must gain approval from over 2,700 owners. Your approval of the proxy is limited only to the question of whether to amend the Corporation’s Articles of Incorporation to increase the numbers of shares the Corporation is authorized to issue.

I hereby appoint and empower the acting Board President as proxy authorized to represent me with a limited power of substitution as set out in Section 3.7 of the Bylaws of The Community Mercantile, Inc.

This designation of proxy shall be effective immediately and shall continue in effect until terminated by a written notice delivered to the Corporation.

The Proxy shall have the full power, as the Stockholder’s substitute, to represent the Shareholder and vote the Stock limited only to the question of whether to amend the Corporation’s Articles of Incorporation to increase the number of shares the Corporation is authorized to issue. The Proxy shall have the authority to vote entirely in the discretion of the Proxy.


Questions

Contact the co-op at 785-843-8544 or ownerservices@themerc.coop.