August 10, 2007
2007 Churchwide Assembly
Field for secretary narrows to three
A seminary president, an attorney and an ELCA staff member remain on the ballot for the post of secretary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America after three rounds of voting.
In the third round of balloting, Michael L. Cooper-White, president of the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg (Pa.), received 267 votes; David Swartling, a Seattle attorney, acting as parliamentarian for ELCA assemblies, received 241 votes; and Paul A. Schreck, currently an assistant to the ELCA secretary, received 157 votes.
A total of 1,043 voting members of the ELCA cast ballots for eight candidates. A two-thirds majority is required for election, so a fourth ballot, limited to the top three vote-getters is necessary. If no one receives a 60 percent majority, a fifth ballot is limited to the top two vote-getters.