Former Public Affairs VP Defeats Michelle Amano in Contest
P.C. Staff Report
PHILADELPHIA — The JACL’s National Council on Saturday elected Jeffrey Moy to serve as the organization’s national president for the 2018-20 biennium, defeating Michelle Amano in the convention’s only contested race. The election took place at the 2018 JACL National Convention.
Moy had served as the VP for Public Affairs. Amano had served as the National VP for General Operations.
Asked by Pacific Citizen about his plans as the JACL’s new national president, Moy said, “As I talked about in my campaign, I think we’re in a place where we’re looking to make some potentially larger changes. I don’t want to just be looking at day-to-day issues that we deal with, I want to look at the bigger picture and work together with the rest of the board and obviously at our membership as a whole to think about how we can continue the advocacy work that we do.”
Also elected were Kota Mizutani (National Youth/Student Council chair), Haruka Roudebush (VP, Membership and Services), Matt Farrells (VP, Planning and Development), Sarah Baker (VP, Public Affairs) and James Kirihara (VP, Secretary and Treasurer). All ran unopposed.
There were no candidates for the positions of national vice president for General Operations and National Youth/Student Council representative.
Of 75.5 total votes, Moy received 64.5 votes to Amano’s 10 votes. Baker received 72.5 votes. Farrells received 69 votes. Roudebush received 74.5 votes. Kirihara received 72 votes. There were seven votes cast for the NY/SC chair, with four needed to win; Mizutani received seven votes.