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The 34th Constituency Session of the Central California Conference convened at Fresno Adventist Academy on November 17, 2019. The highlight of the agenda was the election of officers and directors, but when the meeting concluded at 5:30 p.m., no president had been elected, although other officers and directors had been voted.
Conference President Ramiro Cano’s name was not brought to the floor for a vote. Instead, the Nominating Committee recommended Elden Ramirez, president of the Montana Conference, known in Central California from the time that he spent as assistant to the CCC president and Director of Youth Ministries. He left California to become the Director of the Office of Volunteer Ministries for the North American Division of the General Conference, and from there went to the Montana Conference. The first motion of the day was to return the Nominating Committee Report and it passed overwhelmingly, followed by several positive speeches on behalf of Cano. The constituents of the Central California Conference voted down Ramirez’s nomination to be president with 361 opposed to 209 in favor.
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The Nominating Committee then needed to be quickly reconvened to approve a new name. There was a request that individuals be allowed to address the Nominating Committee, and it was granted. Seventy-four people followed the Nominating Committee members to the library of the Academy where over the next four hours the committee listened to comments and deliberated.
At about 3:15 in the afternoon when the Nominating Committee returned, two positions remained to be filled: vice president for ministries and president. The meeting was scheduled to end by 4 p.m., so a ticking clock played into the drama that ensued. A vote was taken to extend the meeting until 5. Antonio Huerta was nominated to be returned to the vice president for ministries position. There was a speech in...
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