One incumbent Section Manger overcame a challenge to win his bid for a new term of office, while two SM candidates who ran unopposed will assume office this summer. All new 2-year terms of office begin on July 1.
Ballots in the two-person race in the ARRL Utah Section were counted on May 19 at ARRL Headquarters. Incumbent Section Manager Mel Parkes, NM7P, received 342 votes, while Pat Malan, N7PAT, of South Jordan, garnered 280 votes. Parkes, of Layton, has served as the Utah Section Manager since 1999.
The Maryland/DC Section will have a new Section Manager starting in July. Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM, of Owings Mills, was the only nominee for the post, now held by Jim Cross, WI3N, who decided not to run for another term. Cross has been the Maryland/DC Section Manager since January 2006. Pittinger is currently the Affiliated Club Coordinator in Maryland/DC. He also serves as a Public Information Officer, Official Relay Station, and Net Manager.
A new Section Manager also will be taking the reins in the West Texas Section. Ron Harden Jr, KB5HGM, of Baird, was the sole candidate for the position. He has been serving as Affiliated Club Coordinator and as an Emergency Coordinator in West Texas. Incumbent Bill Roberts, W5NPR, decided not to run for another term. He has been Section Manager since 2011.
Five sitting Section Managers faced no opposition in the spring election cycle and will begin new 2-year terms on July 1. They are Peter Stohrer, K1PJS (New Hampshire); Richard Krohn, N2SMV (Northern New Jersey); John Bigley, N7UR (Nevada); Bob Beaudet, W1YRC (Rhode Island); Dan Pruitt, AE6SX (San Joaquin Valley).