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You Hold the Power to Guide Us

In accordance with the International Cooperative Principles, Mississippi Market is run by democratic member control. As a member-owner, you’re able to choose new co-op leadership during our annual board election. Together, Mississippi Market member-owners hold the power to guide our community-owned co-op and shape our collective future.

Take your membership to the next level by voting for up to three candidates in this year’s election. Three open board of directors seats are available – Board President Heather Haynes is stepping down after her first 3-year term, Vice President Stephen Streng is ending his second and final 3-year term, and board Secretary Roy Berger is running as an incumbent seeking a second 3-year term.

The three candidates you elect will help set the direction of the co-op moving forward and establish policies that guide management in their work. A single co-op membership (individual or household) may be used to cast one ballot for up to three candidates.

We encourage you to vote in advance of our Annual Meeting & Celebration on October 23rd by using the online voting system. You may also vote in-person at any of our three store locations by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22nd. Final ballots will be accepted at the Annual Meeting from 5:30-6:00 p.m.

Online voting begins Wednesday, September 25th.


Board Candidate Slating Process

Current board members reviewed new candidate qualifications and experiences, resulting in a final slate of three people on this year’s election ballot. Board candidates who applied were ranked based on their varying levels of experience and demonstrated interests in the following areas: Socially & Environmentally Sustainable Business Practices, Diversity & Inclusivity, Local Food Systems, Community Engagement, Member Engagement & Education, and Finance.

Throughout the slating process, the board applied a matrix of consistent and clear criteria that enabled them to determine which candidates had the necessary skills and experiences needed for the co-op to continue having an effective, inclusive, high functioning board of directors. We are pleased to present a slate of three eligible, highly qualified candidates for open seats on the co-op’s board of directors.


2019 Board Election Candidates