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2022 Board Election Procedures


It’s time to vote for the ESSCA Board! We have a great group of candidates ready to serve the community and looking for your support.

Candidates for ESSCA Officer Positions:


  • Bruna Chernicoff

  • Dan Reed


  • Gray Kimbrough

  • John Seelke


  • Kate Myers

Recording Secretary:

  • Kathy Napierala

  • May Piekarski

Corresponding Secretary:

  • Peter Tantisunthorn

Please see candidate statements below

How to vote:

All registered members may vote electronically or by paper ballot at our voting location at 743 Silver Spring Ave.

All members who registered via their email address will receive an email with a link to our electronic ballot (via SurveyMonkey). This link will only allow one ballot to be cast.

If you share a household email, or don't have an email address, please register via our Join Us page using the voicemail or text option. Once approved we'll send instructions for voting electronically or by paper ballot.


Become a member by visiting our Join Us page and registering with your email address, by voicemail, or by text. Anyone 18 years or older living within the ESSCA boundary can become a member. All adult members of a household must register separately!

Voting tabulator:

Steve Mento has been appointed by the ESSCA Board to be the voting tabulator. Steve will be the owner of the election email address, and will tabulate both electronic and paper ballots.


By May 15: Neighbors become members using our new membership system to be eligible to vote.

May 2-May 16: Voting will be open during this time. Ballots must be received by 7pm EDT on May 16 (our regular meeting date/time).

May 16, 7pm: ballots received by 7pm will be counted by the voting tabulator and the results announced at our regular May Zoom meeting. Registration for the meeting is required - register here. Results will also be announced on our listserve, Facebook group, website, and newsletter.

If you have any questions about the election process, please contact the voting tabulator at

Board Candidate Statements

For President

– Bruna Chernicoff –

Hello! My name is Bruna Chernicoff and I am honored to have been nominated to run for President of the East Silver Spring Civic Association. I live on Potomac Ave with my husband William, and our 1 year old baby Bernie. Oh, can’t forget to mention our two lovely rescued Shih Tzus: Zeus and Apollo. I’m sure you’ve seen them around! I was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil and I have now been living in the US for 18 years when I was fortunate to come for college. In my professional career, I work in financial crimes fighting money laundering issues globally to promote transparency in the financial industry. I am passionate about wildlife and sustainability and support and advocate for several charities in South America and Africa. At the local level, I serve as a mentor at a nonprofit to students of color in DMV independent schools (private or parochial). There, I assist students in creating the connections and networking needed to help them find internships and jobs.

I am motivated to run because I strongly believe that our community has much to offer all of us. I understand we all have different personalities and although we may diverge on certain matters, I pledge to promote transparency and civility, and I want to work hard to strengthen our collective voice and bring our growing and evolving community closer together so that ESCCA works for all our citizens.

I would love to be the first Latina be president of ESSCA and to represent all of us with transparency, respect, and equality.

– Dan Reed –

Dan Reed is the current ESSCA Vice President and Planning Committee chair, and has lived in Silver Spring since 1991 and moved to East Silver Spring in 2019. Dan is an urban planner and freelance writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, CityLab, Washingtonian, and Shelterforce. He has been an advocate for equitable housing, transportation, and schools for 16 years. Dan has walked every block in East Silver Spring with his pitbull mix Drizzy. If you see us, say hi!

For Vice-President