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Garrett wins ANA presidency

Jeff Garrett will be sworn in as the next president of the American Numismatic Association Aug. 14 at a banquet to be held during the World’s Fair of Money in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Ill.

Jeff Garrett will be sworn is as the president of the American Numismatic Association on Aug. 14.

Jeff Garrett will be sworn is as the president of the American Numismatic Association on Aug. 14.

He was elected without opposition. Results were released by the ANA July 6.

Gary Adkins will take office as vice president. He, too, had no electoral opposition.

Lack of opposition is not unusual in ANA elections when there is no crisis to galvanize candidates.

However, there were 12 candidates to fill seven board seats.

Of the dozen who ran, Col. Steve Ellsworth topped the field with 3,705 votes. He is a newcomer.

Ellsworth was followed by Dr. Donald H. Kagin with a tally of 3,451. Kagin had two terms of previous board service in 2003-2007.

Outgoing President Walter Ostromecki Jr. stays on the board as a governor with a total of 3,319.

Dr. Ralph Ross of Sugar Land, Texas, won re-election with 2,982 as did Greg Lyon of St. Louis, Mo. with 2,746 votes.

Thomas A. Mulvaney of Lexington, Ky., returns to the board. He had taken a seat upon the resignation of Mike Ellis early this year.

Paul Montgomery joins the board for the first time with 2,407 votes.

Though he failed to win a seat, Brian Hendelson of Bridgewater, N.J., with his 2,221 votes earn him what is often called the bridesmaid position. If any of the seven top winners cannot finish their term, he will be the one tapped to do so.

This was the stepping stone to the board taken by Mulvaney.

Christopher Marchase of Colorado Springs, Colo., received 2,006 votes, Oded Paz of Arco, Idaho got 1,950, Richard Jozefiak of Madison, Ala., had 1,872 and Steve D’Ippolito of Peyton, Colo., got 1,844 votes.

Donald Scarinci's Coin of the Year honors 30 years of the prestigious awards and features full images of all the winners.

Donald Scarinci’s Coin of the Year honors 30 years of the prestigious awards and features full images of all the winners.

There were 20,343 ANA members eligible to vote, but only 5,424 exercised that right.

This figure is down from 5,542 who voted in 2013 and extends a declining trend line.

A small number of ANA members voted electronically. The tally of these was 473 of the 5,424 votes cast. This number was also less than the 2013 total of 505.

To vote, individuals had to be at least 13 years of age and completed one year of membership by March 31, 2015.

Swearing in of the new board members for their two-year terms will also occur Aug. 14.

This article was originally printed in Numismatic News Express.
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