APA/AICP Elections

Board and Commission: Nominated Candidates Selected

On June 1, APA and AICP Nominating Committees met to slate pairs of candidates for each open position on the APA Board of Directors and AICP Commission.

The position statements and optional photos of the candidates are posted below, and will be included in the August/September issue of Planning. The statements will also be accessible from the electronic ballots distributed to members on August 7.

Nominated Candidates for APA Board of Directors

Nominated Candidates for AICP Commission

Petition Procedures Announced

Candidates who submitted to the APA or AICP nominating committees, but who were not nominated, are eligible to run by petition. In order to be considered, candidates should complete and return this form, to getinvolved@planning.org starting June 7. APA will collect electronic petitions on behalf of candidates via Interact and the APA website, between June 7 and ending on July 10, which is the firm deadline for petition candidates to collect petitions.

Any petition candidate must receive the electronic petition signature of at least 50 APA members, with appropriate distribution of signatures: at least 8 from members in each Electoral Region for any At Large position, and at least 10 signatures from each of at least two chapters in the applicable region for any regional seat.

Petition Candidate Form

2017 Petition Candidates

In order to sign a petition for one of the candidates below, a member of APA or AICP should email getinvolved@planning.org, with the subject line "Petition Process," and insert this in the body of the message:

"I, the undersigned member of the American Planning Association (or of AICP, if petitioning for a Commissioner seat), petition that the candidate named below be nominated for the following seat in the 2017 elections:"

Be sure to include the relevant candidate name and position, from the list below. And, please also include your full name for purposes of membership verification.


Petition Candidate for APA President-Elect

Joshua Clements, AICP

(Any APA member may sign this petition.)


Petition Candidate for APA President-Elect

Graham S. Billingsley, FAICP

(Any APA member may sign this petition.)


Petition Candidate for AICP Commissioner, Elected from Region I

David W. Woods, PhD, AICP/PP

(AICP members in Region I may sign this petition. Region I includes: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont; and in Canada: Ontario, Quebec, and Maritime Provinces.)


2017 APA/AICP Consolidated Leadership Elections

In 2017, APA members will participate in elections for new members of the Board of Directors, AICP Commission, in addition to chapter, division and student leaders. Many APA chapters and most APA divisions are inviting nominations for leadership positions through this process as well.

Students: Click here to learn about election to the Student Representatives Council Executive Committee.

Election to leadership is a great way to serve APA and the planning profession, expand your network, and meet new colleagues. If you are an AICP member, service as a leader in the organization is also eligible for CM credit.

The 2017 Election Policies and Procedures document, adopted by the Board of Directors in February, is a complete guide to the election process for Board members and Commissioners. If you have questions, email getinvolved@planning.org.

2017 Election Timeline
March 15, 2017 Call for Nominations, election packet for potential nominees available on web.
May 15, 2017 Firm deadline for submission of names of potential APA and AICP nominated candidates.
June 1, 2017 Nominating Committees meet to select candidates for APA Board of Directors and AICP Commission.
June 7, 2017 Nominees announced on APA website, Interact; announcement of petition procedures.
July 10, 2017 Deadline for filing of petition candidates' petitions.
August/September 2017 Planning magazine publishes nominated candidates position statements.
August 3, 2017 Posting of all candidate position statements on website and in Interact.
August 7, 2017 Ballots available online, reminders emailed to all members.
September 7, 2017 Firm deadline for receipt of ballots from membership.
September 14, 2017 Election Committee certifies election results.
January 1, 2018 Newly elected APA Board Directors and AICP Commissioners take office.