Now, let's begin the critical analysis that voters should undertake to make an informed choice. How do you see the following aspects of association operations being impacted, positively or negatively, by the current presidential candidates (and the real ones in your community) if they were running for a seat on your board?
- Which candidate is more likely to encourage and facilitate open board and membership meetings with order maintained while also allowing members to speak and fully participate?
- Which candidate do you want involved in preparing and passing your association's operating budget?
- Which candidate is likely to engage in cronyism both in terms of hiring professional advisors and vendors as well as the uniform and fair enforcement of covenants and restrictions against members and residents?
- Which candidate has the ability to expose the association to lawsuits based on poor judgment, refusing to honor contracts, impulse control, or a quick trigger finger? For example, fair housing claims based on discrimination often result in high penalties and punitive damages against the housing provider/association.
- Which candidate is likely to abuse his or her power on the board by rewarding friends and punishing "enemies"?
- Which candidate has served on a community association board before, for how long and how efficiently did the community operate?
- Which candidate has previously volunteered for committees and other roles for the benefit of the community?
- Which candidate has attended any sort of educational classes for board members or expressed an interest in learning what the position entails?
- Which candidate respects and understands parliamentary procedure?
- Which candidate has a sense of fair play and has previously helped diffuse conflict in the community?
After looking through both sets of questions, you may conclude that in far too many communities there is a lack of qualified candidates and the members have very few good choices. Many people feel that way about the 2016 presidential election as well. Still, refusing or failing to vote is guaranteed to result in you not getting the board (or president) you want. The moral of this blog post: vote or run for your board and make your community great again. After all, we're all stronger together.