CAWG 2017 Elections

CAWG is the only statewide organization that focuses exclusively on winegrape grower issues. CAWG is governed by 28 growers elected to serve on the board of directors. Grower leaders are elected from the seven CAWG districts and serve a three-year term and can serve a total of three consecutive terms. In addition to elected directors, the board can also appoint up to two at-large directors from grower organizations.

Your CAWG Board of Directors work to establish the priorities and goals that keep CAWG focused on issues most important to winegrape growers. You can add to that effort by seeking to serve on the Board or by encouraging and supporting the nomination of a respected peer.

Directors serve three-year terms, up to a maximum of three terms. A Nominating Committee, chaired by Lodi grower Aaron Lange, nominated candidates for vacant director positions, but any CAWG grower member may also secure a nomination by having the attached petition signed by at least ten members in good standing from the district in which the candidate is seeking election.  It is possible for two or more candidates to vie for the same director position, in which a director will be chosen by election.

If you want your name to appear on the ballot or wish to nominate a candidate, a properly signed petition must be received in the CAWG office by October 20, 2017. Official election ballots will be mailed around October 25, 2017. PLEASE NOTE, DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 20th.

Vacancies and district descriptions follow:
The names of current directors who are seeking re-election for a second or third term will appear on ballots this fall. Where vacant positions are the result of a director who is not returning for a second or third term or who has served a maximum of three terms, the Nominating Committee may have already nominated a candidate for that position. However, members are free to use the petition process to seek nomination for any vacant position within their district.

District 1 - Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma counties.
Two Vacancies.  Nominees to fill the following vacancies are:

  • SEAT A: Director Marissa Ledbetter, Vino Farms, seeking re-election for her third and final term.
  • SEAT F: Mark Burningham, Benziger Family Winery, nominee to fill open seat.

District 2 - Alameda, Contra Costa, City and County of San Francisco and Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo counties.
One Vacancy. Nominee to fill the following vacancy is:

  • SEAT A: Director Mike Testa, Coastal Vineyard Care, seeking re-election for his second term.

District 3 - Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn Humboldt, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sierra, Solano, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo, and Yuba counties, and that portion of San Joaquin County north of State Highway 4.
Four Vacancies. Nominees to fill the following vacancies are:

  • SEAT F: Director Bill Berryhill, BB Vineyards, seeking re-election for his second term.
  • SEAT G: Director Aaron Lange, LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards, seeking re-election for his third and final term.
  • SEAT A: Director Tom Slater, Slater Farms, seeking re-election for his second term.
  • SEAT E: Bob Lauchland, Robert Lauchland Vineyards, nominee to fill open seat.

District 4 - Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, Merced, Nevada, Placer, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne counties, and that portion of San Joaquin County south of State Highway 4.
One Vacancy. Nominee to fill the following vacancy is:

  • SEAT A: Director Stephen Kautz, Ironstone Vineyards, seeking re-election for his second term.

District 5 - Alpine, Fresno, Inyo, Madera, and Mono counties, and that portion of Kings and  Tulare counties north of Nevada Avenue (Avenue 192).
Two Vacancies. Nominees to fill the following vacancies are:

  • SEAT A: Director Davindar Mahil, Creekside Farming Co, seeking re-election for his second term.
  • SEAT C: Paul Wulf, Wulf Vineyards, nominee to fill vacant seat.

District 6 - Kern County and that portion of Kings and Tulare counties south of Nevada Avenue (Avenue 192).
One Vacancy. Nominee to fill the following vacancy is:

  • SEAT A: Mike Vandborg, Water Castle Farms LLC/Vandborg Farms, nominee to fill vacant seat.

If you are a grower member in good standing and would like your name to appear on the official ballot to members, please click here to download the Nomination Petition form. This form must be signed by 10 grower members in the district in which you are running. If you have any questions on current members in your area, please do not hesitate in contacting Natalie Collins at 916.379.8995.

Nomination Petition forms will be sent to all grower members in good standing in the next week.