The California Walnut Commission, Sacramento, is urging growers and handlers to consider running for board positions for the upcoming elections.

“Participation of new individuals will result in new ideas and enhance our overall effort,” Dennis Balint, chief executive officer, said in a news release. “Now is the time for members of the industry to play an active role in electing the individuals who will represent them on the commission.”

Growers who wish to run for one of the 12 board seats must complete a nomination form signed by a minimum of 15 growers. There are eight seats for handlers. Handler nominees’ forms must include the signatures of five other handlers. Nomination forms must be received by the commission by May 31.

Ballots are expected to be mailed in July with results announced in August, according to the release.

The two year terms begin Sept. 1.