2023 Election Gouge

Classmates –

The voting for Class Officers will begin on 21 September 2023 and will be open through 5 October 2023.  Voting be run through the SignupNow webpage.  This is the same site that is being used for our 45th Reunion registration.  If you have already registered for the Reunion, you will use the same login account to vote.

If you have not registered yet or will not be attending the Reunion, you will still need a login account with SignupNow to be able to vote.  It’s a very simple process:

  1. Go to https://www.signupnow.events/Home.aspx   Scroll down to our Class site.
  2. First, set up your registration account by clicking on the green tab “Classmates Register Now”. Once done. Log In.
  3. Login using the e-mail you put in your registration account and your password. 

Once you have an account on SignupNow, use the following link to take you to the ballot:

https://signupnow.events/Survey-ElectionLoggedIn.aspx?sid=1017&eid=1120  (note: link not active until 21 Sep)

The ballot is arranged alphabetically by position.  The Candidate Statements for each position are provided, followed by a place for you to vote for your choice by clicking next to the individual’s name.  You can vote for one individual in each category, except for the Trustee-at-Large where you may select up to five (5) individuals.

The candidates are:


  • Kevin Lynch
  • Glen Woods

Vice President

  • Christopher Dougherty
  • Matthew Elias


  • Kevin Liddy


  • Vince Balderrama
  • Walter Sharp


  • Charles Cone       
  • Lawrence Galvin
  • Robert Novak
  • John Semcken
  • Francis Webster
  • Randle Yarberry

Results of the election will be announced at the Class Meeting on Saturday, 21 October, before the Navy-Air Force football game.  We hope you will take the time to vote and have a say in how our Class will operate over the next five years.

Now – another shameless plug for the Reunion.  Our 45th Reunion will be held in Annapolis on 19-22 October 2023. There are 29 days left to register and prices go up in early October.  There will be a number of events and opportunities for everyone to catch up/reconnect with Classmates and Company mates.  The 45th Reunion committee, led by John Cooke, has spent a lot time making sure that the weekend will be memorable.  Don’t miss out on the fun – register today.  Any questions about the Reunion can be addressed to Reunion Committee Chair, John Cooke jgcooke@1978.USNA.com or 410-570-6366 or his wingman, your class scribe, Vince Balderrama canoeu78@aol.com  or  v19b78@yahoo.com  or cell- 315-708-9214.

If you have any questions or concerns about the election, please don’t hesitate to contact:

Your vote counts!

All the best,

Brett Ayotte, Chairman, 2023 Election Committee