August 24, 2017 – Voting members of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) have chosen three new candidates and six incumbents to the ANA Board of Governors for the 2017-19 election term.
New members Thomas J. Uram, John W. Highfill and Brian Hendelson, will join Col. Steve Ellsworth, Ralph Ross, Greg Lyon, and Paul Montgomery on the Board of Governors along with President-elect Gary Adkins and Vice President-elect Don Kagin. Kagin ran unopposed for Vice President. In accordance with ANA bylaws, ballots for uncontested offices are not tabulated; only the first vote is counted in that race.
Gary Adkins, Minneapolis, Minnesota: 3,274 votes
Mike Ellis, Camilla, Georgia: 2,007 votes
For Vice President
Don Kagin, Tiburon, California: 1 vote
Candidates for Governor
Col. Steve Ellsworth, Ret., Brentwood, Tennessee: 4,335 votes
Dr. Ralph Ross, Sugar Land, Texas: 4,073 votes
Greg Lyon, St. Louis, Missouri: 3,953 votes
Paul Montgomery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: 3,860 votes
Thomas J. Uram, Eighty Four, Pennsylvania: 3,679 votes
John. W Highfill, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma: 3,653 votes
Brian Hendelson, Bridgewater, New Jersey: 3,474 votes
Unelected Candidate for Governor Votes
Adam J. Crum, Newport Beach, California: 3,378 votes
In the event that a board member cannot fulfill their term, the runner-up will fill the vacant seat for the remainder of the two-year term.
The new board was sworn-in at the annual ANA Banquet on Friday, Aug. 4, at the World’s Fair of Money in Denver, Colo. Adkins becomes the Association’s 60th president, succeeding current President Jeff Garrett who serves as a non-voting, ex-officio member of the board.
Governor Walt Ostromecki has reached his term limit, and Tom Mulvaney did not seek re-election. ANA members had the option to vote by either electronic or paper ballot. Out of 5,371 total votes, 4,000 were cast by paper ballot while another 1,371 members voted electronically, representing over 25 percent of votes cast – a marked improvement from the 8 percent cast electronically in 2015.
The election was conducted and tabulated by Election Services Corporation of Ronkonkoma, New York.
Overall, 19,425 ANA members were eligible to vote in this election; 27.65 percent of eligible voters participated. To be eligible to vote, members have to be at least 13 years old and a member of the Association for at least one year as of March 31 of the election year. In 2015, 20,343 members were eligible to vote; a total of 5,424 votes were cast representing 26.66 percent of eligible members.
More information on the American Numismatic Association is available on its website.