I want to encourage you to do something important today: vote. Our annual board of directors election is going on now, and you can vote by paper ballot in any of our stores or online at www.mycoopvote.com. It doesn’t matter how you vote. It only matters that you do. Let me offer a few reasons why I believe it’s so important.
First, our job at the Co-op is to provide the goods and services our members need, and supporting our work is a system that is humanistic in nature and democratic by design. A cooperative is one of the most egalitarian organizations on the planet, rooted in the spirit of one member, one vote. In a co-op election, every vote matters.
Second, I’ve spent a lot of time with our candidates. I’ve heard their vision for the future. I can tell you they are all smart, forward-thinking, committed Co-op members, each driven by a strong sense of servant leadership. No matter how you vote, you’ll be making a positive impact. Every candidate has a distinct vision for our Co-op, informed by a desire to work for the common good.
Third, those of us who are lucky enough to be part of a democracy should take the time to participate in it. I like the way former President Barack Obama put it, when he challenged all of us to “tend to this garden of democracy.” When you vote, you tend a garden we all share.
To those who have voted already, thank you for your vote. To those who haven’t, there is still time. Voting closes at 9 p.m. on Monday, April 30. Please take a few minutes to learn more about the candidates and then cast your vote. In the meantime, if you want to talk more about it, you can reach out to me anytime. My door is always open to you.