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Election Campaign Practices Committee

ECPC Message Regarding Petition Process

May 21, 2016

This has been a complex election cycle, with a "certified" candidate for the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Presidency dropping-out of the race, Rev. Phillips, and others being added to the election process by petition. (Revs. Phillips and Miller were automatically “certified” as candidates for the UUA Presidency by virtue of their formal nomination by the UUA Presidential Search Committee.)

As was publically shared at the time when we lost a candidate for the Presidency, and faced the possibility of an uncontested election, we believe that it is in the Association's interest to have choices regarding our next President and to have a robust, respectful dialogue about the future of our movement.

Revs. Frederick-Gray and Pupke entered the petition phases of their campaigns at close to the same time. This necessitated including both campaigns in future planning, including GA planning, before either was fully “certified” as a candidate. Nomination for the Presidency and “certification” of candidacy by petition requires the submission of at least 25 signed petitions that have been approved by UUA certified member congregations. Rev. Frederick-Gray completed the petition process and gained "certified" status in April. Based on information shared with us, Rev. Pupke is fully expected to be a “certified” candidate for the UUA Presidency before GA.

We note that if there were any other known parties actively petitioning to run for the UUA Presidency, they would be included in dialogue and planning, including GA planning, in the way that Revs. Frederick-Gray and Pupke have been.

Information about the election process is publically available via the UUA By-Laws and the UUA Election Campaign Practices Committee (ECPC) webpage on The ECPC encourages anyone with questions or concerns about our electoral process to contact us directly. In addition to myself, the other members of the ECPC are Elisabeth McGregor and KC Slack. We are committed to an open, respectful, and equitable election process.


Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti, Chair
UUA Election Campaign Practices Committee


Learn more about the UUA's Election Policies.

Committee Charge

  1. An Election Campaign Practices Committee is hereby established and shall consist of three persons to be appointed by the Board of Trustees for a term of two years each, and the Secretary, ex-officio, without vote. The Board shall designate one of the appointed members to chair the Committee. The appointed members' terms shall begin at the close of General Assembly in odd-numbered years. The Board may appoint an individual to fill a vacancy in the membership of the Committee; persons appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve the balance of the vacating member's term. Persons appointed to the Committee shall remain neutral in elections held while they are serving and shall not engage in electioneering. Persons who seek nomination pursuant to Bylaw Sections 9.4, 9.5, or 9.6 are ineligible to serve on the Committee once they begin seeking nomination, and shall be deemed to have resigned from the Committee effective upon seeking nomination if they are then serving.
  2. The duties of the Election Campaign Practices Committee shall be:
    1. to distribute the campaign practices guidelines and financial disclosure rules to candidates for at-large elective positions not later than thirty days after nomination by the nominating committee or receipt of petition;
    2. to receive and consider written complaints of alleged violations of such guidelines or rules; if the committee finds probable cause to establish that a violation exists, to notify a candidate or a number of candidates how they may voluntarily comply with guidelines or rules and how long they have to do so; to attempt to mediate disputes arising from such complaints; and, if no satisfactory resolution of a complaint is achieved, to adjudicate the dispute and report the adjudication in writing to the candidates affected;
    3. to hold such hearings as may, at the Committee's discretion, be necessary or desirable to carry out the intent of subsection 2 above; and
    4. to report on its activities and any recommendations it may have to the Board of Trustees at its October meeting following the elections.
  3. If compliance to an adjudicated decision is not implemented by the stated deadline, the Committee is authorized to block or remove Association-subsidized privileges from the candidate's campaign.
    Candidates adjudicated to be in serious violation of Rule G-9.13.6(c) may have their names removed from the ballot. Any such action pursuant to rule G-9.13.10(c) shall be reported to the Board and to the General Assembly. Such adjudication by the ECPC would be subject to automatic review by the Board Executive Committee according to the provisions of Rule G-9.13.10(d).
  4. Any candidate aggrieved by the Committee's adjudication may, within ten days of the mailing of the adjudication, appeal in writing to the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, which shall have exclusive jurisdiction to hear and determine such an appeal. The Executive Committee shall report its decision on the appeal in writing to the affected candidates as expeditiously as feasible. The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees is authorized to issue any order or ruling it deems appropriate in connection with such a decision
  5. Any member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees who is a candidate for UUA elective office shall not participate in any manner in the determination of any appeal from an adjudication of the Election Campaign Practices Committee.

Meeting Minutes


  • Manish Mishra-Marzetti, Chair: mmishra [at] aol [dot] com
  • Elisabeth McGregor: epjmcg [at] aol [dot] com
  • Katherine Slack: kcslack [at] ses [dot] sksm [dot] edu

Board Liaison

  • Rob Eller-Isaacs: robei [at] uua [dot] org

Staff Liaison

  • Harlan Limpert: coo [at] uua [dot] org

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