Another report has been added to the Blue Book for General Convention 2015. The Joint Standing Committee on Nominations report contains comments by the committee on the nomination and election process and nominees for Trustees of The Church Pension Fund, Members of the Executive Council under Canon, the Secretary of the House of Deputies, the Treasurer of the General Convention, the Trustees of the General Theological Seminary; and the General Board of Examining Chaplains.
Note that 2 persons are running for the position of Treasurer, the current treasurer Kurt Barnes and former chief administrative executive officer at Trinity Church, Wall Street and The Riverside Church Del Glover. Nominee statements on pp. 8-9
From the report on the demographics of the nominees:
The preponderance of nominees continues to be Caucasians over age 55, with more men than women being put forward as candidates. Province IV, followed by Province VII, provided the greatest number of nominees, perhaps reflecting a concentration of Episcopalians in those regions. Province IX had the least number of nominees, attributed in part to communication issues. Nominees for General Convention deputies tend to be older than those for other offices; work obligations may well dictate who can run for deputy. This might affect who receives the call for nominations for CCABs and who responds to the invitation. The current General Convention calendar tends to invite candidates who have retired to stand for election. The Committee also noted that no deacons presented themselves. This fact reflects the varying interpretations of the role of deacons in the councils of the Church. (statistics are on p. 5)
On the issue of politicking:
…campaigning at General Convention: the Committee believes that excessive campaigning at General Convention negatively affects the voting process. Moreover, politicking is contrary to the Spirit of the Church and discernment. Effective politicking does not reflect an individual’s gifts or abilities to carry out the ministry to which they may be elected. Deputies and Bishops must walk through a gauntlet of candidates’ supporters handing out papers, brochures, and knick-knacks. Those running for Executive Council and the Church Pension Group tend to campaign more than those running for other offices, such as the General Board of Examining Chaplains, or Trustee for the General Theological Seminary. Committee members think that such campaigning places some individuals at a disadvantage.
The Committee affirms the importance of a well-informed electorate, and the desire of candidates to be well- known. Therefore, in place of politicking, it proposes that the office and staff of the General Convention create a website at which all candidates may post [information on themselves].
The Committee therefore strongly suggests that no candidate shall politick by standing at doors to the convention hall distributing leaflets, tchotchkes, etc.; or by hosting special gatherings. If needed, perhaps Planning and Arrangements could create one area between that of the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies where all candidates’ materials may be placed and displayed appropriately….