Things have changed for me since I wrote this just over a week ago:
“I have also decided to stand for election. I’ve always resisted in the past for personal and business reasons. However, after the recent shenanigans with auDA and the Grumpy campaign, I feel I have no option but to run – and run hard. I want all domain registrants and other stakeholders to have a strong voice to truly represent them.
Before I made this decision, I first checked with a number of other people who I thought would be equally good candidates. If any of them had wanted to stand this year, I would have gladly stood aside for them. Without exception, they all encouraged me to run. So given that my health is good, I’m raring to go!”
♦ Dr Michaella Richards has resigned, and there is now a casual vacancy to be filled for 3 months. I sincerely hope that auDA do the right thing by Demand Class members and elect Shane Moore.
♦ Given the upheaval within Board ranks over the past 3 months, it is time for healing. There are many on the auDA Board that would see me as a divisive candidate / representative. A trouble maker; an agitator; a protagonist. Obviously I would reject that, and say that all I have ever done is stand up for communication, transparency and proper procedures. I love .au. But by not standing, I take away all the heat.
♦ There is another really good candidate ready to stand for Demand Class, and this helped seal the deal for me. Nicole Murdoch was going to stand for Supply Class (because Shane and I were running), but after chatting with her, she is very keen to run. Demand Class is her natural fit – she belatedly stood for election last year (and still attracted some decent votes). This was her candidate statement back then. I’ve known Nicole since we served on the auDA 2015 Names Panel, and not only is she smart and competent, she is a straight shooter.
♦ The last 5 months of agitation against auDA have also taken their toll on me personally and business wise, so I’m genuinely looking forward to getting back to enjoying life – and doing some business!
For all those that urged and supported me to stand, I sincerely thank you. But I trust you understand my reasoning in standing aside.
My blog will continue, and hopefully I can now write more about the art of domaining, rather than continuously having a smack at auDA.
I’m sure there are probably other fine Demand Class candidates out there, but at this stage, I’m going to throw my support behind Shane and Nicole. They will hopefully do members proud. 🙂
Ned O’Meara – 17th August 2017