ARIN Announces Initial Slate of Candidates for 2017 ARIN Elections; Petition Period Now Open

Posted: Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Elections for two seats on the ARIN Board of Trustees and five seats on the ARIN Advisory Council (AC) will be held online 5-13 October 2017.

ARIN Trustee Bill Woodcock and AC members Andrew Dul, David Farmer, Leif Sawyer, Chris Tacit, and Chris Woodfield will conclude their current terms on 31 December 2017. Bill Woodcock is not seeking re-election. Timothy Denton tendered his resignation and concluded his term in August 2017. ARIN Board of Trustees appointment, Merike Kaeo, will conclude her term on 31 December 2017. On behalf of the ARIN community, I'd like to thank the above-named individuals for their ongoing time, support, and service over the years.

The 2017 Nomination Committee has put forth the following candidates who have agreed to run for terms beginning 1 January 2018:

ARIN Trustees:

  • Dan Alexander, Comcast Cable LLC
  • Nancy Carter, CANARIE Inc.
  • Leslie Daigle, Thinking Cat Enterprises
  • Stephen Lee, ArkiTechs Inc.
  • Rodney Taylor, Government of Barbados, Data Processing Department

Advisory Council:

  • Andrew Dul, CrowdStrike
  • Paul Emmons, Ninja-IX Corporation
  • David Farmer, University of Minnesota
  • Joseph Karam, Princeton University
  • Elford Parsons, The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (British Virgin Islands)
  • Kerrie-Ann Richards, VFJ Coding Ltd
  • Leif Sawyer, General Communication, Inc.
  • Chris Tacit, Tacit Law
  • Alicia Trotman, Government of Barbados, Telecommunications Unit
  • Chris Woodfield,, Inc.

A compilation of candidate biographies and questionnaire responses is available in a PDF at:

Statements of Support for a candidate may be made at:

Please be aware that all Statements of Support are held for moderation and will be posted, upon approval, within one business day.

At this time ARIN would also like to announce that the Call for Petitions is now open. Any individual, regardless of membership status, may be placed on the ballot for election to the ARIN Board of Trustees
or Advisory Council if they successfully complete the ARIN petition process. (ARIN Bylaws, Article VIII, Section 2.b.)

Petition requests must be submitted by 6 September 2017. For a candidate to be placed on the ballot, a petition must obtain the support of at least 87 eligible Voting Contacts from General Members in Good
Standing (2% of eligible voters as of 17 July 2017 when nominations opened) by 20 September. For details about the petition process, please visit:

If you are interested in submitting a petition to run for the ARIN Board of Trustees or Advisory Council, please send an email to with your full name, phone number, and organization

ARIN will announce a final Slate of Candidates for the ARIN Board of Trustees and Advisory Council no later than 25 September.

Congratulations and good luck to this year's candidates. ARIN wishes to acknowledge the time and commitment that elected candidates are willing to make towards ensuring the viability and growth of ARIN, the community, and the Internet. ARIN also recognizes and thanks its member organizations, specifically organizations' Voting Contacts, whose ballots are crucial for electing ARIN leadership that will help guide and shape the future of ARIN and the Internet!

For questions pertaining to the election process, please email the Member Services team at


John Curran
President and CEO
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)