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Python Enhancement Proposals

PEP 8100 – January 2019 Steering Council election

Nathaniel J. Smith <njs at>, Ee Durbin <ee at>

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This document describes the schedule and other details of the January 2019 election for the Python steering council, as specified in PEP 13. This is the first steering council election.

Returns officer

In future elections, the returns officer will be appointed by the outgoing steering council. Since this is the first election, we have no outgoing steering council, and PEP 13 says that the returns officer is instead appointed by the PSF Executive Director, Ewa Jodlowska. She appointed Ee Durbin.


There will be a two-week nomination period, followed by a two-week vote.

The nomination period is: January 7, 2019 through January 20, 2019

The voting period is: January 21, 2019 12:00 UTC through February 4, 2019 12:00 UTC (The end of February 3, 2019 Anywhere on Earth)


Candidates must be nominated by a core team member. If the candidate is a core team member, they may nominate themselves.

Once the nomination period opens, candidates will be listed here:

  1. Brett Cannon
  2. Alyssa (Nick) Coghlan
  3. Barry Warsaw
  4. Guido van Rossum
  5. Victor Stinner
  6. Yury Selivanov
  7. David Mertz
  8. Łukasz Langa
  9. Benjamin Peterson
  10. Mariatta
  11. Carol Willing
  12. Emily Morehouse
  13. Peter Wang
  14. Donald Stufft
  15. Travis Oliphant
  16. Kushal Das
  17. Gregory P. Smith

Voter Roll

All active Python core team members are eligible to vote.

Ballots will be distributed based on the The Python Voter Roll for this election [1].

While this file is not public as it contains private email addresses, the Complete Voter Roll by name is available.

Election Implementation

The election will be conducted using the Helios Voting Service.


Short name: 2019-python-steering-committee

Name: 2019 Python Steering Committee Election

Description: Election for the Python steering council, as specified in PEP 13. This is the first steering council election.

type: Election

Use voter aliases: [X]

Randomize answer order: [X]

Private: [X]

Help Email Address:

Voting starts at: January 21, 2019 12:00 UTC

Voting ends at: February 4, 2019 12:00 UTC

This will create an election in which:

  • Voting is not open to the public, only those on the Voter Roll may participate. Ballots will be emailed when voting starts.
  • Candidates are presented in random order, to help avoid bias.
  • Voter identities and ballots are protected against cryptographic advances.


Question 1

Select between 0 and 5 answers. Result Type: absolute

Question: Select candidates for the Python Steering Council

Answer #1 - #N: Candidates from Candidates_ Section


Of the 96 eligible voters, 69 cast ballots.

The top five vote-getters are:

  • Barry Warsaw
  • Brett Cannon
  • Carol Willing
  • Guido van Rossum
  • Alyssa (Nick) Coghlan

No conflict of interest as defined in PEP 13 were observed.

The full vote counts are as follows:

Candidate Votes Received
Guido van Rossum 45
Brett Cannon 44
Carol Willing 33
Barry Warsaw 31
Alyssa (Nick) Coghlan 25
Benjamin Peterson 22
Łukasz Langa 21
Victor Stinner 21
Mariatta 20
Emily Morehouse 18
Yury Selivanov 15
Donald Stufft 11
Peter Wang 10
Travis Oliphant 8
Kushal Das 7
Gregory P. Smith 6
David Mertz 3

Complete Voter Roll

Active Python core developers

Alex Gaynor
Alex Martelli
Alexander Belopolsky
Alexandre Vassalotti
Amaury Forgeot d'Arc
Andrew Kuchling
Andrew Svetlov
Antoine Pitrou
Armin Ronacher
Barry Warsaw
Benjamin Peterson
Berker Peksag
Brett Cannon
Brian Curtin
Carol Willing
Chris Jerdonek
Chris Withers
Christian Heimes
David Malcolm
David Wolever
Davin Potts
Dino Viehland
Donald Stufft
Doug Hellmann
Eli Bendersky
Emily Morehouse
Éric Araujo
Eric Snow
Eric V. Smith
Ethan Furman
Ezio Melotti
Facundo Batista
Fred Drake
Georg Brandl
Giampaolo Rodola'
Gregory P. Smith
Guido van Rossum
Hyeshik Chang
Hynek Schlawack
Ivan Levkivskyi
Jack Diederich
Jack Jansen
Jason R. Coombs
Jeff Hardy
Jeremy Hylton
Jesús Cea
Julien Palard
Kurt B. Kaiser
Kushal Das
Larry Hastings
Lars Gustäbel
Lisa Roach
Łukasz Langa
Marc-Andre Lemburg
Mark Dickinson
Mark Hammond
Mark Shannon
Martin Panter
Matthias Klose
Meador Inge
Michael Hudson-Doyle
Nathaniel J. Smith
Ned Deily
Neil Schemenauer
Alyssa Coghlan
Pablo Galindo
Paul Moore
Petr Viktorin
Petri Lehtinen
Philip Jenvey
R. David Murray
Raymond Hettinger
Robert Collins
Ronald Oussoren
Sandro Tosi
Senthil Kumaran
Serhiy Storchaka
Sjoerd Mullender
Stefan Krah
Steve Dower
Steven Daprano
T. Wouters
Tal Einat
Terry Jan Reedy
Thomas Heller
Tim Golden
Tim Peters
Trent Nelson
Victor Stinner
Vinay Sajip
Walter Dörwald
Xiang Zhang
Yury Selivanov
Zachary Ware


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