Two new board members and two incumbents seeking reelection have won seats on the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM) board of directors.
Terms for four of the nine members on the board were expiring and up for election on Sunday.
Six candidates – including three that were seeking reelection- vied for the four board seats. The candidate field was split evenly between men and women.
One board member, Mr. Alec Deah, did not seek reelection.
Messrs. Arthur Biah and Mohammed Dukuly were reelected while the voters decided not to retain Mr. Ishmael Komara on the board. Biah is also the current board chair.
Big win for women
Voters also decided to double the number of women on the board by electing Mses. Charlesetta George and Romanda Gaye-Schaeppi to join Mses. Edwina Willie and Cora Sneh. The board will now have five men and four women.
Members serve a two-year term.
The board of directors is the governing body of OLM, which is a membership-based organization, but day-to-day operations are run by the executive director who reports to the board. The current executive director is Kamaty Diahn.
Yesterday’s election was held at the Liberian Community Center in Brooklyn Park starting at 7 a.m. and went on for 12 hours. It was conducted by an independent elections commission chaired by local nonprofit sector executive Mr. Stephen Wreh-Wilson.
The electoral body chair in a written statement on behalf of the commission expressed “deep gratitude to the OLM membership for their active participation throughout the electoral process.”
“OLM congratulates the newly elected members and calls upon the community to extend a warm welcome to these leaders,” she said. “As the elected board members assume their roles, the organization looks forward to a future marked by unity, growth, and prosperity under their guidance.”
Minnesota is home to the largest population of Liberians in the nation.
The four elected on Sunday will be sworn in on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023. The ceremony will be held starting 5 p.m. at the Liberian Community Center, 7001 78th Ave. N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445.