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Aspiring Educator Elections: How Do They Work?

Want to be a leader in your union? Check out this primer on how to run for office.
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As a member of NEA Aspiring Educators (AE), you’re part of the nation’s largest labor union—the 3-million member National Education Association. This membership provides you with professional resources and support through state and national leadership conferences, workshops, and more. But did you know you could also enrich your teaching practice and advocacy skills by holding national office? These leadership roles represent the vision and voice of the AE program. Here are answers to some common questions about the election process:

What are the national AE leadership positions?

NEA Aspiring Educators Chair (1 position): This is a two-year position, elected in even years. Responsibilities include chairing the AE Advisory Committee; serving as a key contact for national projects, such as organizing campaigns, conferences, and trainings; and serving as a contact and advocate for all AE campus chapters and state affiliates. The next AE Chair will be elected in 2024.

Board of Directors (3 positions): Directors attend NEA Board meetings, where decisions are made about the general policies and interests of the association. AE board members also promote the program across the country.

Resolutions Committee (3 positions): NEA Resolutions are the formal expressions of opinion, intent, belief, or position of the association. Members elected to this committee attend meetings and, after each meeting, report any resolutions related to the program to the AE chair.

How do you run for office?

  1. Submit a Candidate Certificate of Eligibility form by May 1. This form is emailed to state affiliate staff and AE leadership by March 1 of an election year.
  2. Participate in the nomination process, which includes being nominated and accepting the nomination. All nominations must be made by AE members. Candidates may not nominate themselves.
  3. Engage in the election process during the AE Conference, where nominated candidates will have an opportunity to give a speech, participate in a question-and-answer session, campaign, and vote.

Who can vote?

AE members who are delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly (RA)— the association’s policymaking body— are eligible to vote.

Which offices are up for election in 2023?

  • NEA Board of Directors: Two open seats for one-year terms.
  • NEA Board of Directors: One open seat for a two-year term.
  • NEA Resolutions Committee: Three open seats for one-year terms.

How are the results tallied?

To win an election, a candidate must receive more than 50 percent of the votes cast.

When are results announced?

Election results are announced during the AE Conference, which precedes the RA. The ballots, voting register, and Elections Committee final report are preserved for one year following the election.

Learn More: Read the full “NEA Aspiring Educators Program Elections Procedures” at

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