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Jan 16, 2002

Who Won The AMA Trustee Election? We Don't Know...

Yesterday was the deadline for receipt of ballots in the election for AMA Trustees from the Southern Regions of the country, but AMA officials have not released any information on who won.<BR><BR>The election pitted incumbent Carl Reynolds against former 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz in the Southeast Region; incumbent Ron Widman against former AMA Pro Thunder Champion Jeff Nash in the South Central Region; and incumbent Ellis Robertson against John Ulrich in the South West Region.<BR><BR>In preliminary nomination balloting last fall, Schwantz, Nash and Ulrich easily outdistanced the incumbents.<BR><BR>But heavy campaigning and use of the AMA organizational machine by the incumbents has left the results of the final election in question.<BR><BR>Reports of members in the affected districts not receiving their copies of the January issue of the AMA magazine--which included the ballot--have also surfaced.<BR><BR>The ballots are being counted by Ernst & Young, an accounting firm.<BR><BR>AMA officials said they had hoped to be able to release the election results this morning, or this afternoon at the latest, but now are unable or unwilling to predict exactly when the election results will be released.<BR><BR>The results are said to have been delayed by the laborious process of checking each voter's eligibility, i.e., when they joined the AMA.<BR><BR>AMA rules require that members have joined the AMA several months prior to a Trustee election, to be eligible to vote.