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ACSS Election Voting Opens on April 20, 2021. View Your Chapter's Candidates!

Posted: 4/12/2021 Tags: chapters election events Tags Views: 115

Visit the ACSS Elections Portal for new and updated content! We have added a section dedicated to each Chapter's individual elections. Within the portal, click on your Chapter to see a list of candidates running for leadership positions. Familiarize yourself with the candidates and read their profiles before online voting opens on April 20, 2021!

Voting will occur online with secure software called Survey and Ballot Systems (SBS). You will receive a letter mailed to your home address on or before April 20, 2021. The letter contains a link and login information for you to cast your vote electronically. You may only vote once. The system has security measurements in place to ensure fairness and accuracy of all votes cast. You will also receive an email with the same login information. If you do not receive a letter or email with your unique voting information by April 27th, please contact ACSS via email at acss@ACSS.org. Online voting ends on May 21st, 2021.

(Not sure which Chapter you belong to? Click here to find your ACSS Chapter.)


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Nominations are Closing Soon! This may be your last chance to join the leadership of ACSS!

Posted: 1/28/2021 Tags: election Tags Views: 577

Nominating yourself for a Chapter Position or as a Delegate is a great way to collaborate with fellow excluded employees and become a part of positive change.

Thank you to those who have already submitted nominations! We are coming down to the final days of the Open Nomination period. This may be your last opportunity to become an ACSS leader!

There are many opportunities still open for the following Chapter Officer positions:

  • Chapter Vice President – The Vice President has the important task of assuming the responsibilities of the President when the President is unable to do so. The Vice President helps manage the business affairs of the Chapters alongside the President and assists the President with Chapter duties.

  • Chapter Secretary/Treasurer – The Secretary/Treasurer keeps meeting minutes, membership records and other important Chapter documents. The Secretary/Treasurer also maintains correspondence of the Chapter and maintains the Chapter Bylaws.

The time requirement for these positions above and beyond your current employment is minimal and ACSS will train you along the way to ensure success.

There are many opportunities still open in the following California Counties:

  • Chapter 507 – Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz
  • Chapter 509 – Fresno, Kern, King, Madera, Tulare
  • Chapter 512 – San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura

If you reside in one of the counties listed above, we urge you to step up and help represent your area! Nominate yourself as a Chapter officer or Delegate NOW!

Attendance at the Delegate Assembly event in Sacramento is mandatory. Please stay tuned for updated dates of Delegate Assembly in Fall 2021*.

Your vote and your voice matters. Getting involved with ACSS Leadership can help you develop leadership skills, allows a safe place for ideas to be heard and lets you experience valuable networking opportunities. Once you have familiarized yourself with the process of ACSS Leadership, many opportunities for advancement can open up for you!

Nominate yourself TODAY!

Open Nominations Close on February 1st!

 

Not sure which Chapter you belong to? Click here to find your Chapter.
Click here to learn more about the ACSS Elections Process.
Click here to view photos of the most recent Delegate Assembly in 2018
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Questions? Contact acss@ACSS.org or your Chapter President.

*Due to Covid-19, Delegate Assembly (originally planned for July 16 – 18 of 2021) has been rescheduled to Fall 2021. Actual dates have not been secured yet. ACSS will announce the new dates for Delegate Assembly soon.


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ACSS Needs You! Nominate Yourself as a Delegate or Chapter Officer.

Posted: 1/7/2021 Tags: election Tags Views: 764

Now is the time to act and become a more important part of ACSS leadership! Nominating yourself for a Chapter Position or as a Delegate is a great way to get involved and become a part of positive change.

ACSS needs nominations to fill the following positions:

  • Chapter President
  • Chapter Vice President
  • Chapter Secretary/Treasurer
  • Delegates
  • If you have never been involved with the leadership of an association, a great place to start is to become a Delegate. Delegates have the unique experience to attend and participate in all the events and opportunities at Delegate Assembly.

    Your vote and your voice matters! Many Delegates go on to become even more involved with the organization and with their own Chapter Leadership. Once you have familiarized yourself with the process of ACSS Leadership, many opportunities for advancement can open up for you!

    Nominate yourself TODAY!
    Open Nominations Close on February 1st!

     

    Not sure which Chapter you belong to? Click here to find your Chapter.
    Click here to learn more about the ACSS Elections Process.
    Click here to view photos of the most recent Delegate Assembly in 2018
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    Questions? Contact acss@ACSS.org or your Chapter President.


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    Get Involved! - ACSS Elections Web Portal and Open Nominations

    Posted: 12/2/2020 Tags: ACSS elections election events Tags Views: 819

    Make your voice heard and get involved! Nominations are now OPEN!

    • Are you a natural leader?
    • Are you passionate about ensuring your fellow excluded employees' voices are heard?
    • Do you want to stand up for the rights of all excluded employees?
    • Do you want to help make ACSS a better organization?

    Now is the time to act and become a more important part of ACSS! Nominating yourself for a Chapter Position or as a Delegate is a great way to get involved and become a part of positive change.

    Why should I become a Chapter Officer or Delegate?

    • Helps you develop leadership skills
    • Allows a safe space for your opinions and ideas to be shared
    • Lets you experience networking opportunities and camaraderie with fellow excluded employees in your local Chapter
    • Involves you with positive changes that can help excluded employees in the workplace

    Are you interested, but not sure where to start? If you have never been involved with the leadership of an association, a great place to start is to become a Delegate. Delegates have the unique experience to attend and participate in all the events and opportunities at Delegate Assembly. Your vote and your voice matters. Many Delegates go on to become even more involved with the organization and with their own Chapter Leadership. Once you have familiarized yourself with the process of ACSS Leadership, many opportunities for advancement can open up for you!

    Visit the new ACSS Elections Web Portal and Nominate yourself TODAY!

    Nominations are open from December 1, 2020 through February 1, 2021.


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    Every Vote Counts! California's Presidential Primary Election Day is Approaching…

    Posted: 2/24/2020 Tags: election Tags Views: 1157

    California’s Presidential Primary Election is coming up soon. Don’t forget to vote on or before Tuesday March 3rd. Every vote counts!

    Vote By Mail
    Early voting in the Primary Election has begun. Your ballot should have arrived in your mailbox already. Make sure you fill out your ballot completely and mail it in or drop it off at a designated ballot drop off location on or before March 3rd.

    Candidate Endorsements and the PAC
    ACSS has done a thorough job researching, interviewing and supporting legislative candidates that are best-suited to benefit Excluded Employees. ACSS-Endorsed candidates can be found on our ACSS Political Program Candidate Endorsement page. If you would like to help candidates in your area, we have provided their contact website to make it easy for you. In addition, donating to the ACSS Political Action Committee (PAC) helps ensure that the right legislators are in office to support the issues that matter to you most, like:

    • Salary compaction
    • Pension protection
    • Fair working conditions for supervisors, managers, and excluded State employees

    Your Vote Matters!
    As we have seen over the years, elections are won or lost with just a few votes, so every single vote matters in this election. Also, you can take a look at the California Voter Guide for information on the propositions. YOUR VOTE MATTERS!


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    ACSS President Frank Ruffino Appointed to Deputy Treasurer for Fiona Ma

    Posted: 1/9/2019 Tags: election politics Tags Views: 3546

    On January 7, 2019, California State Treasurer Fiona Ma appointed ACSS President Frank Ruffino as Deputy Treasurer of Pension and Benefits for the State Treasurer’s Office. He accepted the position and was sworn in during Fiona Ma’s inauguration ceremony as the 34th Treasurer of the State of California. Ma has been a supporter of ACSS for many years and understands the issues facing California State managers and supervisors and other excluded employees. In return, ACSS has endorsed Ma in her campaigns and we congratulate her in her new position as State Treasurer. Ruffino and Ma have continued to build a strong professional relationship and ACSS views Ruffino’s new position as a positive step.

    ACSS Executive Director Rocco Paternoster comments, “Frank’s hard work, service and dedication to ACSS including holding multiple leadership positions, has been invaluable to the members. ACSS members have enjoyed many wins over the years of Frank’s service and wish to congratulate Frank on this amazing honor and achievement he is receiving in this new appointment.”

    Ruffino said, “I am humbled, honored, grateful and proud that an ACSS member has been given this special opportunity by the Treasurer to serve the State of California.”

    At the next ACSS Board Meeting on January 19th, 2019, an election for the vacancies created by the departure of the Executive Vice President and President will be held among the current Board of Directors members.  


    Fiona Ma was guest speaker at an ACSS Board Meeting in January 2016. Pictured here with ACSS President Frank Ruffino.


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    ACSS-Endorsed Candidates – 2018 General Election Results

    Posted: 11/8/2018 Tags: election legislation legislature PAC Tags Views: 1744

    ACSS Legislative Advocate, Ted Toppin, provides a summary of how well our ACSS-Endorsed Candidates fared in the recent General Election:

    Election Day results were very positive for ACSS and ACSS-endorsed candidates. Overall, the ACSS candidate or ballot measure was successful in 99 of the 103 races that have been determined thus far. Six races are still too close to call.

    Statewide Races
    In races that were decided yesterday, seven out of 8 of ACSS’ endorsed candidates for statewide office – including gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom – were victorious. Newsom will be sworn in as the next Governor of California on January 7, 2019. Other winners were Xavier Becerra for Attorney General, Betty Yee for Controller, Fiona Ma for Treasurer, Alex Padilla for Secretary of State, Malia Cohen for BOE District 2, and Joel Anderson for BOE District 4. The races for Insurance Commissioner and Superintendent of Public Instruction are too close to call at this time. Unfortunately, ACSS-endorsed Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez was unsuccessful in his race for Lieutenant Governor.

    Legislative Races
    In legislative races, the ACSS-endorsed candidate prevailed in 92 and lost in 3 of the races in which ACSS took a position. Three Assembly seats and one Senate seat are still up in the air.

    In the Assembly, the ACSS candidate won in 77 races and lost in 1. In contested open seat contests, ACSS was 4-1, including victories by Buffy Wicks (D-Berkeley) in AD 15, Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) in AD 30, James Ramos (D-Inland Empire) in AD 40, and Tasha Boerner Horvath (D-Carlsbad) in AD 76.

    In AD 38, ACSS-endorsed candidate Dante Acosta (R-Santa Clarita) is neck and neck with his opponent Christy Smith. With only 1% of votes separating them, it is too close to say who will come out on top. In AD 60, ACSS-endorsed Sabrina Cervantes (D- Corona) is essentially tied with her Republican challenger Bill Essayli. Similarly, ACSS candidate Matthew Harper (R-Huntington Beach) holds only a narrow lead over Democrat Cottie Petrie-Norris in AD 74. The one unsuccessful ACSS-endorsed candidate was Josh Lowenthal (D-Huntington Beach) who was defeated in AD 72 by Republican Tyler Diep.

    Of the 18 Senate races in which ACSS took a position, 15 candidates were victorious, 2 candidates lost, and one is still too close to call. In open seat races, ACSS was 2-1. ACSS-endorsed candidate Maria Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles) was victorious in SD 24, as was Brian Jones (R-Santee) in SD 38. Mike Eng (D-Los Angeles) was defeated in the race for SD 22. ACSS-endorsed candidate Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) is holding on to a narrow 1% lead over her opponent in SD 12 with votes still to be counted. In SD 14, ACSS-endorsed Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) was defeated by his Democratic challenger Melissa Hurtado.

    Statewide Ballot Measures
    The ACSS Board voted to oppose Proposition 6 (2017 Gas Tax Repeal Initiative), which failed on Election Day.

    Click here for complete election results for ACSS-endorsed candidates. Open seat candidates are in bold.


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    Every Vote Counts! Election Day is Approaching…

    Posted: 10/19/2018 Tags: election legislature Tags Views: 1258

    Midterm Elections are coming up soon. Don’t forget to vote on or before November 6th. Every vote counts!

    Vote By Mail
    Early voting in the Midterm Election has begun. Your ballot should have arrived in your mailbox already. Make sure you fill out your ballot completely and mail it in or drop it off at a designated ballot drop off location on or before November 6th. The last day to register to vote is Monday October 22, 2018. Vote-by-mail ballot requests must be submitted by October 30, 2018.

    Candidate Endorsements and the PAC
    ACSS has done a thorough job researching, interviewing and supporting legislative candidates that are best-suited to benefit Excluded Employees. ACSS-Endorsed candidates can be found on our ACSS Political Program Candidate Endorsement page. If you would like to help candidates in your area, we have provided their contact website to make it easy for you. In addition, donating to the ACSS Political Action Committee (PAC) helps ensure that the right legislators are in office to support the issues that matter to you most, like:

    • Salary compaction
    • Pension protection
    • Fair working conditions for supervisors, managers, and excluded State employees
    • And more!

    Your Vote Matters!
    As we have seen over the years, elections are won or lost with just a few votes, so every single vote matters in this election. Also, you can take a look at the California 2018 Voter Guide for information on the propositions. YOUR VOTE MATTERS!


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    In Case You Missed It - ACSS Q3 Quarterly Newsletter

    Posted: 9/28/2018 Tags: election meeting Tags Views: 1227

    The ACSS Q3 Quarterly Newsletter focused on the 12th Delegate Assembly in July of 2018. Get the inside scoop on the meetings, resolutions, elections and celebrations during the triennial event. In addition, read the special content on why Gavin Newsom is ACSS' choice for Governor in the upcoming Gubernatorial election. Download your copy of the Q3 Quarterly Newsletter today!  Or, click here to read past issues of the ACSS Quarterly publication. 


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    Another Successful Delegate Assembly for ACSS

    Posted: 7/27/2018 Tags: election events Tags Views: 1751

    On July 13-15th, 2018, ACSS held its 12th triennial Delegate Assembly to review bylaws and policies, elect the Board of Directors, and elect Statewide Executive Officers. On Friday July 13th, the ACSS Executive Officers held an orientation and two committee meetings to review and discuss the Bylaws, Policy, and Fiscal resolutions that would be voted on at Saturday’s Delegate Assembly.

    Saturday's Delegate Assembly held an election for the Board of Directors to serve the next three-year term. The Delegate Assembly also voted to pass all ten resolutions. Newly elected Chapter Presidents and Chapter Officers were sworn-in and took the oath of office to serve for the three year term. Saturday evening featured a dinner celebration that was enjoyed by all. Four past ACSS presidents attended the weekend’s events – Ron Franklin, Tim Behrens, Olin King and Arlene Espinoza.

    On Sunday, ACSS held a brief Board Meeting and re-elected members to serve on the Statewide Executive Committee. They were sworn into office by ACSS Past President Ron Franklin.

    Congratulations to all the newly elected Chapter Officers, Delegates, Board of Directors and Executive Committee! ACSS Delegate Assembly 2018 was a huge success. View the revised Bylaws and Policy file.

    Click here to read the President’s Report.

     


    ACSS Chapter Officers


    ACSS Delegates


    ACSS Executive Officers swearing in

    Click here to view more photos from Delegate Assembly 2018.


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