I just took a closer look at my ballot. For what its worth, Amanda is number 24 on the list recommended by the Nominating Committee. All of the names on the ballot are persons who have been recommended by the Nominating Committee. There are no non recommended candidates. I also note that on the ballot, it says vote for no more than 26 names but on the page listing the Nominating Committee recommendations, it says vote for no more than 25. Which is it? I think that I will pass on voting this year.
Typically there are 25 ( thus their boiler plate election info) and this year there are 26 as one current serving member died.
As to running by petition - its a lot of work. A lot.
I am not opposed to working hard - but the window for petitions are the day after the annual meeting until about mid september / October 1
Many of the big shows happen in the winter. So to get 1000 signatures from current 5 year or life members takes a LOT of gun shows, etc. I have been submitting my info to the nominating committee for the last 5 years. That committee is made up of current members and a few others ( that I don't know where they originated from) Its luck of the draw if the nominating committee is for change or for the same old, same old. Lucky for me this year - someone who is pretty political in their home state liked the political portion of my resume. Another member knew me from eastern PA activisim, etc.
Its pretty rare to see folks getting on by petition. You may see one or two a year, and many years you will see none.