NEA RA Local Delegate Declaration of Candidacy

What is the RA?
The RA is the primary legislative and policymaking body of the National Education Association (NEA) and derives its powers from, and is responsible to, the membership. Various committees, constituencies, caucuses, leadership groups, and delegates from state and local affiliates gather to set policy and chart the direction of NEA business. The RA is the largest democratic deliberative assembly in the world and adheres to Robert’s Rules of Order, except as otherwise specified in NEA governing documents.

Who goes to NEA’s Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly?
The Representative Assembly (RA) consists of roughly 8,000 delegates representing state and local affiliates. These delegates are elected by their local and state Associations and represent preK-16 educators, including education support professionals, student members, retired members, and other segments of the united education profession.

When and where is the RA?
The Annual Meeting and RA is held every year during the last week of June and/or first week of July. The Annual Meeting kicks off with conferences, committee meetings, and events. The RA takes place during the final four days of the Annual Meeting. The location of the meeting varies year to year. View dates and locations for the past and future meetings.

Why does the RA meet every year?
The RA adopts the strategic plan and budget, resolutions, the legislative program, and other policies of NEA. Delegates propose, debate, and take action on new business items for the Association and vote by secret ballot on proposed amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws. Those delegates with full voting rights elect the executive officers, Executive Committee members, and at-large members of the NEA Board of Directors, as appropriate.


  • Instructions

  • Please use this form to submit your nomination for the NEA RA Local Delegate position.
    If you have trouble using this form, please call the NOCUT office at (714) 256-9900.
  • Election Announcement and Timeline

  • Please click here to view the NEA RA local election timelines.

  • Nominee

  • Please write a brief campaign statement below best describing you. 30 words or less - only the first 30 words can be printed.
  • Duties of Delegates to the NEA RA

  • 1. Each delegate is expected to register as an official delegate to the Representative Assembly (RA) with both the California delegation and NEA.

    2. Each delegate is expected to attend all caucuses of the California delegation. Delegates must be registered with the California delegation to participate in the caucus.

    3. Each delegate is expected to be punctual to meetings and to remain through the convention.

    4. Each delegate shall attend all business meetings of the RA.

    5. Each delegate is strongly encouraged to attend NEA budget committee hearings, resolutions committee hearings, bylaw committee hearings, speeches by prominent national figures, etc.

    6. Each delegate should take into consideration CTA State Council and caucus policy when voting.

    7. Each delegate is encouraged to participate fully in all activities of the California delegation.

    8. Each delegate is expected to provide a written report of all convention activities to the FSTO Rep. Council.

    All Delegates need to understand that, as a local delegate, their attendance is being directly funded, at least partially, by membership dues. Delegates need to accept their responsibility to carry out the above specified duties.

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