Gurr Endorsement : Brandon J. DIrden

Brandon J. Dirden for Eastern Regional Principal Councilor

To all my AEA brothers and sisters,

I’m supporting the candidacy of Brandon J. Dirden for Eastern Regional Principal Councilor.


I’ve been an Equity Member for twenty-four years, working and living in the Western, Central, and Eastern Regions in pretty much equal amounts. Over the last few years, since moving to New York, I’ve increased my personal commitment to Equity. I’ve spent a lot of time in the room observing the work of our councilors in both national and Eastern Regional sessions. I’ve also had to privilege to work alongside our electeds and other member volunteers on five committees and the Equity 2020 initiative.

Several old friends happen to serve on council and I’ve started many new friendships within the council room.

And, here’s the deal:

All the people in that room? They’re all good people fighting the good fight.

But, elections are about making choices and you have the opportunity to choose who you believe will be the very best at fighting that good fight.

Personally, I’m voting for a mix of old hands and newer blood. Institutional memory is important, and so are fresh eyes and creative thinking. I’m also voting for people who share my values but whose minds work differently or—often—better than mine.

My heart rose up when I saw that my friend and colleague Brandon Dirden was running this year.

I know from personal experience that Brandon has a whole lot of artistic and financial skin in this game. This is his first run for council and I cannot think of a better addition to our leadership than Brandon. He has a fiery heart, a cool head, and an appetite for learning that I promise will lift every member Brandon comes in contact with, in or out of the council room.

I encourage you to check out Brandon’s candidate statement, his background, and his commitment to the entirety of our union. Head over to and you’ll find him on the candidate list.

Top priority? That you vote. My priority? That you vote for Brandon J. Dirden

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Christopher Gurr
April 18, 2018