Chairman of the Board – Charlie Judd
Charlie Judd became involved in the electoral process at an early age, having been elected as the youngest member of a city council in 1968. He made politics his vocation when he joined the Ohio Republican Party as field director, later becoming executive director.
In 1978 Mr. Judd moved to Virginia to staff the Republican National Committee, and after the Reagan election in 1980, he provided advice and counsel to campaigns and non-profit organizations in strategy development and fundraising.
He later moved to central Virginia to give leadership to a national public policy organization. Mr. Judd was the commentator on a daily three-minute radio program aired on over 350 radio stations. In 1989 he started a direct marketing service agency with his wife and family.
Drawing on many years of experience in various fields, Mr. Judd now provides advice and counsel to firms, organizations, schools, and governments, in marketing & communications.
In February 2011, the Governor appointed him to the four-year term as Chairman of the Virginia State Board of Elections.
Vice-Chairman of the Board – Kimberly Bowers
Kimberly Bowers serves as the current Vice-Chair of the State Board of Elections. A native of Portsmouth, Virginia she has always been engaged civically throughout the Commonwealth and took a keen interest in voting rights at a very early age. Professionally, Bowers has spent 6 years working in higher education as a fundraiser for The George Washington University and for the University of Richmond School Of Law.
Prior to her roles in academia, she served in as Director of Gubernatorial Appointments in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth under Governor Timothy Kaine’s administration. Bowers also has a background in political volunteerism and political fundraising in both Virginia and in Maryland. In 2013 she received the Emerging Leader award from the Greater Richmond Urban League recognizing her for her leadership and contributions to the community. Ms. Bowers is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the Alfred Street Baptist Church.
Secretary of the Board – Don Palmer
Donald Palmer currently serves as Secretary of the Virginia Board of Elections, appointed by Governor Bob McDonnell in 2011. Previous to his current position, he served as the Director of Elections with the Florida Department of State during the successful 2008 and 2010 election cycles. Since 2009, he has served on Election Assistance Commission (EAC) advisory boards, including the Standards Board Executive Board and the Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC) representing the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Prior to his tenure in Florida, he served as a trial attorney with the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Voting Section, where he enforced the federal voting laws and provided guidance to states on compliance with the federal voting laws. In that position, he enforced the voting rights of Americans under the Voting Rights Act (VRA), the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). He also monitored compliance of the states with the military voting laws, particularly the Uniform and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). Prior to his entry into the election community, he served in the U.S. Navy as an Intelligence Officer and a Judge Advocate General deployed overseas onboard the USS John F. Kennedy and with tours of duty in Italy, Florida and Washington D.C.