Considering running for election? Read on to learn more about the Desert Ridge Association Board of Directors
What does the Nominating Committee do?
Answer: The Nominating Committee’s primary function is to ensure that the community has qualified candidates nominated from the Desert Ridge community to serve as Members of the Community Master Association Board of Directors.
What does the Nominating Committee have planned for the upcoming board election year?
Answer: This issue contains both the board candidate interest announcement and the requirements and qualifications and email address for the application forms. There will be a “Meet the Candidates” night at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, February 22nd at the DRCA Board of Directors Meeting.
How many positions are available this year and how long will my term be?
Answer: Out of the seven member seats on the Board of Directors, there are four (4) seats
on the Board of Directors that are available for election in 2023. Directors are elected to serve two year terms. In 2023, these four positions will be elected for a two-year term since the two-year term for these four seats will have expired in April 2024. Therefore, all four positions will serve two year terms.
What is the process for running for a position on the Board?
Answer: Contact the Association office at: 480-551-4550 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Association’s office (5415 E. High Street, Suite 220, Phoenix 85054) to obtain the candidate application form.
Return all candidate application forms to the Association office no later than 5:00pm on Friday, February 10th.
In addition, candidates are required to attend the “Meet the Candidates” Meet & Greet / Q&A Night to be held during the DRCA Board of Director Meeting on Wednesday, February 22nd at 6:00pm.
Candidates must also attend the Desert Ridge Community Association Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, April 20th. Candidate attendance at this meeting is mandatory!
What are the Directors’ responsibilities?
Answer: The Desert Ridge Community Association is an Arizona-chartered, 501(c)(4) nonprofit social welfare organization. Directors are responsible for operating and maintaining the “common area” property of the community, reviewing and approving all site plans and improvements within the community, and providing coordination and oversight of the community subsidiary associations and subdivisions. Luckily, we have a management company that handles most of the day-to-day operations.
What is the time commitment needed while serving on the Board?
Answer: The Board typically holds one Open Session and one Executive Session per month, which takes approximately 2-4 hours, combined. There are presently seven standing committees that each have varying meeting schedules determined by their respective committee charter. Depending on which committee you would like to be involved with, an additional 1-2 hours per week may be required. Typically, the time commitment averages about 8 hours a month.
When and where is the Board of Directors Meetings?
Answer: The meeting schedule is actually determined by the Board of Directors. Our current meeting schedule is the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm (except for the months of April, July, November and December), via in-person meetings.
Do you incur personal liability by serving on the Board?
Answer: Generally, as long as a Director act in good faith with the best interests of the community first, doesn’t break any laws, or have any personal benefit, the Association indemnifies the Directors. The Association’s Articles of Incorporation provide the most comprehensive explanation of liability. Please read and understand them fully for yourself. The Articles of Incorporation can be found on FirstService Connect, the community information website.
How does the election actually work?
Answer: There is a one vote per lot for each available position on the board. A qualified Owner will be able to cast one vote for up to 4 candidates. No cumulative voting permitted.
Do developers and commercial entities get to vote?
Yes, qualified developers and commercial entities are members and get to vote. The Desert Ridge Board is not a Homeowners Association, it is a Community Association. One of the great things about Desert Ridge is that it is still a relatively young development, and only about 45% of the total parceled land have homes built on them. Since the voting is determined per lot, there is still significant involvement by private and commercial developers.
Tips for people who are running:
Get out there and talk to your neighbors – ask them what their concerns are for the community. Let them know you’re running. Candidates may speak with developers as well as the commercial interests. And thank you for getting involved!