In a surprise upset, incumbent ADDA President Donna McClay was defeated Tuesday night by challenger Marc Debbaudt, according to an email announcement from the ADDA.
ADDA Website was updated at around 10PM to reflect the results, however, no information was provided as to the number of votes cast for Debbaudt and McClay.
Although McClay appeared to have the support of the majority of DDAs, it is likely that many who approved of her leadership style either did not bother to vote, or were unable to do so because they do not pay the additional $10 monthly ADDA dues.
Debbaudt has yet to release a statement, however, it is likely that he will do so shortly and will likely urge members to support his platform promise to exercise the "Escape Clause" that will cause the ADDA to terminate its expensive affiliation with AFSCME; the labor organization that was blasted by Debbaudt as "a financial vampire, draining your dues, giving you little in return."
Implicit with the Escape Clause is the promise of reduced monthly dues, a factor that may have persuaded ADDA members with voting privileges to support Debbaudt's candidacy.