Notice of FINRA Regional Committee Elections and Mailing of Ballots
The purpose of this Election Notice is to notify firms of the upcoming elections to fill vacancies on the FINRA Regional Committees, and the mailing of ballots to eligible firms.
As detailed below, the District 2 seats on the West Region Committee are the only contested seats. Therefore, only firms that are members of FINRA in District 2 as of the close of business on Monday, October 19, 2020, are eligible to vote for the contested seats on the West Region Committee, and these will be the only firms receiving ballots. The candidates who win the contested District 2 seats, the individuals in the uncontested seats and the individuals appointed to fill seats with no self-nominated candidates will take office in January 2021.
West Region District 2 ballots are due by Thursday, November 19, 2020.
The candidates for the contested West Region District 2 seats are listed in Attachment A. The candidates for the uncontested seats will take office in January 2021 and are listed in Attachment B. Additional information about all candidates is available at: https://www.finra.org/notices/RegionalElection/CandidateProfiles
Questions concerning this Election Notice may be directed to:
- Jennifer Piorko Mitchell, Vice President and Deputy Corporate Secretary, by email or (202) 728-8949; or
- Kayte Toczylowski, Vice President, Member Relations and Education, at (215) 209-7087.
Background and Composition of Regional Committees
FINRA’s Regional Committees serve an important role in the self-regulatory process by, among other things, alerting FINRA to industry trends that could present regulatory concerns, and consulting with FINRA on proposed policies and rule changes. Regional Committee members may also serve on disciplinary panels in accordance with FINRA rules.
Each Regional Committee has six elected members from each district within that committee’s region. Regional Committees representing three districts (i.e., the South and West Regions) have 18 members, and Regional Committees representing one or two districts (i.e., New York, Midwest and North Regions) have 12 members.
The five Regional Committees and the districts each represents are:
- Midwest Region Committee – Comprises Districts 4 and 8, representing Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin
- New York Region Committee – Comprises District 10, representing New York (Nassau and Suffolk Counties, the Bronx, Brooklyn, New York County, Queens and Staten Island)
- North Region Committee – Comprises Districts 9 and 11, representing Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York (except for the counties of Nassau and Suffolk, and the five boroughs of New York City), Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia
- South Region Committee – Comprises Districts 5, 6 and 7, representing Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Panama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and the Virgin Islands
- West Region Committee – Comprises Districts 1, 2 and 3, representing Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and the former U.S. Trust Territories
Candidate Nomination Process and Eligibility
All individuals who submitted their names and met the qualifications set forth in Article VIII, Section 8.2 of the FINRA Regulation By-Laws were certified as a candidate for their district’s election.
Terms & Vacancies
Regional Committees for the South and West Regions each have six vacancies, and the Midwest, North and New York Regions each have four vacancies to fill. The individuals filling the vacancies below will serve three-year terms starting on January 1, 2021, and expiring December 31, 2023.
Midwest Region Committee – Four Vacancies:
- District 4 – Two Representatives
- District 8 – Two Representatives
New York Region Committee – Four Vacancies:
- District 10 – Four Representatives
North Region Committee – Four Vacancies:
- District 9 – Two Representatives
- District 11 – Two Representatives
South Region Committee – Six Vacancies:
- District 5 – Two Representatives
- District 6 – Two Representatives
- District 7 – Two Representatives
West Region Committee – Six Vacancies:
- District 1 – Two Representatives
- District 2 – Two Representatives
- District 3 – Two Representatives
The full term for a Regional Committee member is three years. There is no limit on the number of terms that may be served by a Regional Committee member, except that Regional Committee members may not serve more than two full terms consecutively. Terms of Regional Committee members will terminate if they do not remain eligible for the seat for which they were elected.
Ballots will be mailed to elect individuals to the seats for which the number of qualified candidates exceeds the number of vacancies. Only District 2 has a contested election; the candidates for these seats are listed in Attachment A.
Ballots will not be distributed for the uncontested elections where the candidates are running unopposed or for which no candidates self-nominated. The candidates for uncontested seats are listed in Attachment B.
The candidates who win the contested District 2 seats, the individuals in the uncontested seats and the individuals appointed to fill seats with no self-nominated candidates will take office in January 2021.
Firms in District 2 that are members of FINRA as of the close of business on Monday, October 19, 2020, are eligible to vote for candidates running for the contested seats in these districts.
Ballots and a copy of this Notice have been mailed to the executive representatives of those firms in District 2 eligible to vote in this election.
Firms can vote by telephone, Internet or U.S. mail. Voting instructions are included in the ballots sent to eligible firms. Ballots are due on Thursday, November 19, 2020.
Firm Contact Information
Firms are reminded to accurately maintain their executive representative’s name and email address, as well as their firm’s main postal address in the FINRA Contact System (FCS). This will ensure that important mailings, such as election information, are properly directed. A firm’s failure to keep this information accurate may jeopardize the firm’s ability to participate in elections.1
To update an executive representative’s name, mailing address and email address, firms may access FCS, via the Firm Gateway, at https://firms.finra.org/fcs. For assistance updating FCS, contact FINRA’s Call Center at (301) 590-6500.
- Pursuant to FINRA Rule 4517 (Member Filing and Contact Information Requirements), firms must update their contact information promptly, but in any event not later than 30 days following any change in such information, as well as review and, if necessary, update the information within 17 business days after the end of each calendar year. Additionally, firms must comply with any FINRA request for such information promptly, but in any event not later than 15 days following the request, or such longer period that may be agreed to by FINRA staff. See FINRA Rule 4517 and Regulatory Notice 07-42 (September 2007).