Casting My (SFWA) Vote

Above you’ll see the official election ballot for the SFWA board elections (well, you mostly see the cover letter, the ballot is underneath that), which I have duly filled out and will send back tomorrow. I am not ashamed to say I voted for myself for president. As it happens I am running unopposed this year (as is Mary Robinette Kowal, who is running for Vice President), but most other races are contested. As Mary and I came in as part of a slate, I naturally voted for our slate mates Bob Howe (Secretary) and Amy Sterling Casil (Treasurer). Sean Williams, who is also on our slate, I was unable to vote for, because he’s running for Overseas Representative and I am not overseas (he is also running unopposed, however, so I have a good feeling about his chances).

In the region I do live in, however (SFWA’s South/Central region) I cast my vote for Diana Rowland, who although not officially a member of the Scalzi/Kowal slate is the candidate for that position whom both Mary and I have endorsed; Diana will be a great regional director.

If you are a SFWA member, I do encourage you to vote, and consider voting for our slate (and for Diana, if you live in the South/Central region). Our policy positions have been included with the ballot — that’s the white sheet there — so you’ll know what we stand for. A good turnout would be a good thing.

13 Comments on “Casting My (SFWA) Vote”

  1. Does your position involve free ponies for all?

  2. The arthritic mule yet to deliver my ballot. I feel left out.

  3. No ponies? damn. Oh well. I voted for you anyway.

  4. Stephen A. Watkins – A writer of Fantasy and Speculative Fiction living in Atlanta, Georgia. He's been writing since grade-school, and he's never given up the dream. He continues to juggle his dreams of establishing his writing career, the demands of family life, and working full time. He chronicles the challenges of balancing all these demands on his blog, The Undiscovered Author.
    Stephen Watkins

    Well, under the circumstances, I suppose an offer of good luck is somewhat misplaced. Just the same: good luck!

  5. So this is how liberty dies…with thunderous applause.

    I kid, I kid…

    Seriously, good luck to you and your slate of candidates, John!

  6. That photo above your platform looks like something that Joseph Stalin would have flown to inspire all his comrades to work hard. You better watch out or Glenn Beck is going to profile you.

  7. luisaperkins – I write speculative fiction, specifically contemporary dark-ish fantasy. I've been married for nearly 20 years to Patrick, an absolute prince of a man. We live with our six lovely children and an insane cat in New York's Hudson Highlands. My passions include reading, gardening, knitting, cooking, eating, and musicking.
    Luisa Perkins

    I wish I could vote! Good luck.

  8. I just joined SWFA so I have not received my ballot yet. This is assuming, of course, that newly joined members get to vote. Also, Diana Rowland and I blog together at and let me tell you, that blog would not happen without her keeping us organized. She’ll be amazing as the regional director! (And she’s funny as all get out too, so cast your vote with confidence!)

  9. “Unopposed.” That might mean something, like no one else is volunteering to jump into the meat grinder. On the bright side, you’ll make for some mighty tasty sausage. Best of luck, Captain.

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