This afternoon, AMVETS National Executive Director Jim King opened nominations for AMVETS national officers on the National Convention floor.
Past National Commander Bill Kilgore officially nominated Jerry Hotop for National Commander. Hotop's son, Dean Hotop, a veteran of Iraq and an active member of AMVETS, seconded his father's nomination for the organization's highest office.
Hotop currently serves as AMVETS National First Vice Commander.
Other nominations included Pennsylvania's Gary Fry for First Vice Commander, Florida's Cleve Geer for Second Vice Commander, Ohio's Dan Snyder for National Judge Advocate, Tennessee's John Mitchell for National Finance Officer, and Past National Commanders Bill Boettcher, Tom McGriff, and Joseph Lipowski for AMVETS National Service Foundation Trustee.
Nominations for national officers will reopen on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Elections will follow at 11 a.m., with the Joint Installation Ceremony at 2:30 p.m.
To learn more about this year's candidates, check out "In the Running" in the latest issue of American Veteran magazine by Clicking Here.
(Photo: Dean Hotop nominates his father, Jerry Hotop, for AMVETS National Commander. Photo by Ryan Gallucci.)