2021 AANP Election — Nominations Open October 1

Members of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) are a crucial component of the organization’s leadership. We rely on the experience and expertise of NP leaders to guide the association and advance the NP role.

AANP’s board of directors (BOD) is comprised of the Chief Executive Officer (non-voting member) and NPs who are elected by association members. In addition to the four officers and 11 regional directors who serve on the BOD, eligible AANP members also have the opportunity to vote for their state representatives and members of the AANP Nomination Council.

Important Dates

  • October 1–30, 2020—Nominations will be open.
  • January 27, 2021—Slate of candidates, bios and campaign messages posted.
  • March 11–31, 2021—Voting held via Survey and Ballot Systems website.
  • April 2, 2021—Election results posted.
  • June 20, 2021—Term of office begins (last day of the national conference).

Election Information

  • Positions on Ballot

    Board of Directors



    The estimated time commitment is 20–30 hours per month and varies by month.

    Regional Directors

    The estimated time commitment is 15–20 hours per month, not including in-person board meetings.
    • Region 1 Director—CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT
    • Region 3 Director—DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV
    • Region 5 Director—IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI
    • Region 7 Director—IA, KS, MO, NE
    • Region 9 Director—AZ, CA, HI, NM, NV and Pacific U.S. Territories
    • Region 11 Director—AL, FL, GA, MS and U.S. Virgin Islands

    State Representatives

    The estimated time commitment is 10-15 hours per month.

    Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, New Jersey, New York (N), New York (S), North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas (N), Texas (S), Utah, Washington, Wyoming

    Nomination Council

    The estimated time commitment is 10-15 hours per month and varies by month.

    Three positions will be available.

    View Position Descriptions

  • Eligibility to Run for Office

    AANP individual members in good standing for the 12 months prior to October 1, 2020, with no lapse in membership, are eligible to submit an application for positions in the 2021 AANP Election, as described below.

    Membership Categories and Eligible Positions

    • NP—national, regional or state.
    • Post Master’s Student—national, regional or state.
    • Career Starter—national, regional or state.
    • Student—state representative.
    • Retired—state representative.

    Eligibility Criteria for Specific Offices

    • State representatives must practice or reside in the state they will represent.
    • Regional directors must maintain primary residence within their respective region. In order to run for regional director, the candidate should have experience as an AANP state representative or have equivalent experience and demonstrated leadership in AANP or other organizations.
    • Board of directors officers must have completed at least one two-year term on the AANP Board of Directors within the past six years.
  • Nomination Process

    Nominations Will Open on October 1, 2020

    • All nominations must be submitted electronically to AANP on the 2020 Online Election Nomination Form by October 30, 2020.
    • Nominations should include a brief bio-sketch AND an abbreviated CV, not exceeding a total of two pages in length.
    • All incumbent officeholders eligible to seek re-election must submit forms and complete the nomination application process.
    • All nominations will be subject to review by the AANP Nomination Council.
    • Anyone submitting a nomination must comply with the following:
      • Prospective candidates must read, understand and agree to abide by the AANP Conflict of Interest (COI) and Confidentiality Policy and sign the Certificate of Agreement and Statement of Disclosure. The completed AANP online COI must be received by AANP in order to be considered for the 2021 election.
      • Prospective candidates must read and agree to the responsibilities and estimated time commitments of the position being sought, as well as the AANP Election Campaign Process and Procedures, and check the appropriate box on the application.
      • Prospective candidates should review the AANP Bylaws.
    • Candidate photos are encouraged. Candidates are asked to include a “professional” photo headshot, though not necessarily made by a professional photographer. Please note the following criteria for photos:
      • Must be submitted electronically in JPG format with the nomination application.
      • Should be in color, rather than black and white.
      • Should be a photo of the candidate alone (no group shots or photos with other people, children or pets).

    After submitting your nomination application, please make sure that you receive a return notice indicating the nomination has been received. If you do not receive this after submission, please contact elections@aanp.org or call 512-505-0233 for further instructions.

  • Overview and Term Limits

    The AANP Nomination Council will issue the Call for Nominations for the 2021 election on October 1, 2020. The deadline for applications to be received by AANP will be October 30, 2020.

    AANP individual members in good standing for the 12 months prior to October 1, 2020, will be eligible to submit their information for consideration as a candidate in the 2021 election.

    All nominations will be reviewed by members of the AANP Nomination Council, who will vet nominees and develop a slate that reflects expertise and diversity. The slate will be submitted to the board of directors. Optimally, at least two but no more than three candidates will be slated per position.

    The term of office for board of directors members and state representatives is two years, and the term of office for Nomination Council members is three years. All elected officers begin their term at the close of the 2021 AANP National Conference, which is scheduled to be held in Anaheim, California, June 15–20, 2021.

    Term Limits

    • Board of Directors—three consecutive elected terms (per office).
    • State Representatives—four consecutive elected terms.
    • Nomination Council—two consecutive elected terms.

    Applications that are incomplete or contain excessive typographical or grammatical errors will not be corrected or edited and may be eliminated from consideration.

  • Campaign Process and Procedures

    This process is under review and subject to change.

    Candidates running for office in the 2021 AANP election will have two opportunities to campaign for the desired position—a campaign flyer and campaign message (described below). All instructions must have been followed when submitting campaign materials.

    Violation of the AANP Election Campaign Process and Procedures may result in removal from the ballot or may void that candidate’s election. Candidates are responsible for any campaign activity conducted, either directly or indirectly, on behalf of that individual.

    Campaign Flyer

    • Limited to one page.
    • May include any combination of photos, other design elements or text.
    • Must be completed and submitted with your nomination form.

    Campaign Messages

    • Candidates for state, regional or national office will have the opportunity to campaign via a one-time message, submitted with the application by October 30, 2020. The message created by the candidate will consist of a paragraph (not to exceed 150 words) showcasing their qualifications.
    • This message will be distributed by AANP to members eligible to vote in the election—individual candidates do not distribute the message. AANP does not permit any other type of campaign activities by individual candidates.
    • AANP does not permit candidates to access any AANP listserv for the purpose of promoting individual campaigns.

    Campaign Process and Procedures

    All candidates must comply with the following AANP Election Campaign Process and Procedures. In order to be considered for placement on the ballot, candidates must acknowledge that they have read, understand and agree to abide by the campaign process and procedures. Failure to do so will prohibit that candidate’s consideration for placement on the ballot.

    No solicitation of votes by candidates will be allowed through any means not directly provided by AANP as outlined in the Election Campaign Process and Procedures.

    Candidate activities NOT allowed for campaigning purposes include but are not limited to:

    • Use of social and electronic media, such as posting campaign information on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.
    • Use of an AANP current listserv or reproduction of any previous AANP listserv to distribute campaign information.
    • Distribution of campaign materials such as buttons, pens and direct mail pieces.
    • Acceptance or solicitation of corporate or institutional sponsorship for purpose of AANP campaigning.
    • Acceptance of AANP NP Organization member endorsements or your personal campaigning for individual candidates.
    • Asking or encouraging others to campaign on their behalf.
    • Campaigning by an individual for the purpose of endorsing a candidate or providing negative comments or information about candidates in order to discourage voting support for this candidate.
    • Use of public speeches, phone solicitation, articles or editorials.
  • Eligibility to Vote

    AANP individual membership must be current as of February 1, 2021, to be eligible to vote for the following positions in the 2021 election:

    Membership Categories and Positions

    • NP—state, regional and national office.
    • Post Master’s Student— state, regional and national office.
    • Career Starter— state, regional and national office.
    • Student—state representative in their state.
    • Retired—state, regional and national office.

    If you have questions or need additional information, email elections@aanp.org or contact Beverly McLemore at 512-505-0233.

    Note: Individuals elected as board officers, regional directors and state representatives are expected to attend meetings held 24 to 48 hours prior to the start of the 2021 AANP National Conference. Candidates for these positions should not make airline reservations for conference prior to learning the outcome of the election; however, for best availability of conference sessions and hotel accommodations, all candidates are encouraged to register for conference and make their room reservations prior to AANP’s announcement of election results.