Vote For Cynthia Morgan! Pro Liaison, Today!

August 31, 2009 | Karin's Blog | 19 comments


It’s your civic duty!   I’ve know Doc Cyndi for a long time and cannot think of anyone more qualified for this position.  Read on!


Here’s Cynthia!



Before I talk about me, I want to take a minute and thank Karin for having me here today. From the first day I mentioned I was thinking about running for the RWA Board, Karin has been enthusiastically encouraging me to jump. I looked at the Grand Canyon leap I was about to take…a national officer for a huge professional organization comprised of people I respected (and in some cases fangirl worshiped)…a public election where I would have to step from behind my online personas of Cynthia D’Alba and ArkansasCyndi and be the real me, Dr. Cynthia Morgan…the increased workload…and then, with the encouragement of friends like Karin, I jumped. J


I had an interesting response when I mentioned to a few people that I would be guest blogging on a few sites this week, talking about my run for the RWA Board position of PRO Liaison. The response was that there had been a discussion on Facebook that “campaigning” for a board office was somehow crass and distasteful. Really? Is it? If so, why?


I gave a lot of thought about should I or shouldn’t I blog. Should I or shouldn’t I try to get votes. I even thought about pulling out from blogging this week about my candidacy for PRO Liaison. But in the end, I decided I wanted to let RWA PRO members know that I want to serve as PRO Liaison.


Running for PRO Liaison wasn’t a decision I came to quickly or lightly. I thought about it for over a year. If I lose, then fine, but I want to have done all I could do to let people know that I’m running and I want to win. If I sit on my hands, do nothing and lose, then I’ll always have this nagging thought in the back of my head that maybe I could have done more.


So, what are your thoughts on campaigning for an RWA Board position. Crass? Tacky? Or Okay? Great idea?


Tomorrow on Magical Musings (, I talk more about my background and why I’m running.


On Wednesday, I’ll be at soliciting comments about issues important to PRO members.


I look forward to hearing from y’all.

Just remember, you get the board you vote for.


Thanks again Karin for having me. Your support means the world to me.



Go vote, goils!   Now!





  1. Roxanne St. Claire

    Yes, please, campaign away! At least be CLEAR on where you stand. I think plenty of us would love to know how candidates feel about the controversial issues, including epublishing, piracy, restructuring (or not) the RITA Awards, RWA eligibility, and more. An educated voter is MORE LIKELY to vote, I think.

  2. Keri Ford

    I agree with Rocki. And educated voter is MORE LIKELY to vote. I’m glad you’re stepping out here. How are we supposed to know who we want to vote for if we don’t know all about each person?? Umm…HELLO. Duh.

    that Q&A form we got in the email was so not enough for me to make an informed choice. Can’t wait to have you on the blog on wednesday and I’ll try to think up some questions for you. I’m sure you can’t wait.

  3. Edie

    I agree with Karin, too (as usual). The more we know where you stand on issues and what your goals are for the Pro liaison position, the more informed we are to vote.

  4. ArkansasCyndi

    Well, I think the final line says it all…You get the board you vote for, but I remember reading what was “officially” put out by RWA in previous elections. Most of the time, I didn’t know a whole lot more than I did before I begin reading.

    I hope people stopping by will also take time to visit either my site ( or the site and read the responses by all the candidates.

    Thanks Rocki, Keri and Edie and stopping by.

  5. Judy

    Hi, Cyndi! I don’t see why you wouldn’t campaign for the office if you are willing to take on the job, be clear about what you stand for and let us know your thoughts on the role. I myself am pleased when others are willing to step up to that kind of commitment. At the moment, I’ve become involved in my chapter’s activities and am happy doing that. Thanks for offering! Hope to learn more about it! Good luck!

  6. ArkansasCyndi

    Thanks Judy. I didn’t want to overload Karin’s blog (or the readers’ eyes), so I’ve spread my thoughts and opinions over four websites. I hope you’ll find me tomorrow at Magical Musing (the link is in the post).

  7. ArkansasCyndi

    Thanks Kristen, but I only PROs can vote and haven’t you passed through the golden gates of PAN?

  8. Heather Brewer

    I definitely agree, I think you should let people know where you stand. Look at the regular elections, they definitely campaign for the votes they don’t just sit back and hope you will vote for them.

    If I could vote, I’d vote for you. Good luck!!!

  9. Jill James

    Well, I can vote for you and I will be doing so. I think campaigning is a necessary evil for the whole political process. Voters must be informed in order to make an educated choice.

  10. virna

    I agree with Jill–necessary evil. If your comfortable and ready to tell people what your opinions/positions are, that’s a huge thing in your favor! Good luck and I’ll be voting for you!

  11. Liz L

    I not only feel it isn’t distateful to campaign, but that it’s a sin more people don’t. If I’m voting for someone, I want to know they’re going to be fighting for me with enthusiasm. I want to know how qualified they are for the job, although I hold to the belief an enthusiastic person trumps a well-qualified hands down. The good news is that we get both with you.

    You definitely have my vote, although I really wish I couldn’t vote. LOL You know, like if I was a PAN member!!

  12. ArkansasCyndi

    Liz L – HAHA know what you mean. Wouldn’t it be cool to be running as PAN Liaison? Ok…that’s my next goal. LOL

    Thanks Jill and Virna for the high-fives of support. I do appreciate it. Follow me around the blogosphere this week and read my thoughts on the job.

    Heather – I wish you could vote, but that’s ok. I’ll take a low fat latte. 🙂

  13. Mary Marvella

    Hey, if you want it, you need to let folks know why they should choose you. I’ll vote for you, but I know you and some of the potential voters don’t YET.

  14. ArkansasCyndi

    I will. I’m blogging tomorrow on my background and Wednesday on issues of interest to PROs. I’m on Pink Fuzzy Slipper Writers on Thursday, where I’ll continue discussing my thoughts on the position.

  15. Karin Tabke

    Whaaaaaaat? I can’t vote coz i’m not Pro??? boo hoo! i’m going to go try anyway!

  16. Karin Tabke

    call me confused, but i thought we could begin voting today. online!?!? would someone please esplain?

  17. ArkansasCyndi

    Voting starts on SEPTEMBER 1 (Tuesday)

    You get an email from national with your “password”. You can then go to the online voting site.

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