Elections

A message from our president

We are approaching a critical milestone for the 3252 Independent Supporters Union as we embark on our inaugural Annual Meetings and Director Elections. A successful election and transition is a critical signal of growth for our organization. We are beyond thankful for the candidates that have offered their service to the 3252 beyond gameday. Their commitment should be lauded as their efforts are purely voluntary and aimed at the betterment of the club. As the results pan out over the next few days we are blessed to know that all of these candidates are dedicated to the cause and intend to fight for the cause no matter the result. Once our new generation of Directors begin their task, they will need all of our support to succeed. Several committees will take root and expand with the assistance of many more of our faithful 3252 ISU family. We hope to see many of you taking that next step with us for the good of the North End and our Los Angeles Football Club.

Forever Shoulder to Shoulder,
Josef Zacher
President of the 3252 ISU

In accordance with our bylaws and to continue to nurture a lasting union The 3252 is holding elections during our upcoming general meeting. Paid registered members in good standing are eligible vote and have been emailed information. Having trouble finding the information? Please email membership@the3252.com to troubleshoot.

See below for candidates statements for the three contested positions on our board of directors. A full board of directors bio will be available after the election results have been ratified.

Meet the candidates

President

Rafael Gomez

Rafael Gomez

Rafael Gomez

This is Rafael Gomez, Director of Away Travel for The 3252. I would like announce my candidacy for President of The 3252. I’ve chosen to do this after weeks of careful consideration. Ultimately I feel that this is the right time in my life to dedicate an enormous amount of time to The 3252. I am running because I am ready to make the commitment to be in total service to The 3252, and to protect the organization and what we have built together. In a non-profit organization it is the job of the President to empower its directors to carry out the goals and mission of the organization. Our mission is to be the best support group in the world, and to create an undying and unwavering atmosphere that pushes and empowers the team towards victory. We also aim to be more than a supporter group. We truly want to be a force for good in our community and to better the lives of the citizens of Los Angeles. It is also the job of the President to raise funds for the organization, and that is a priority of mine to ensure The 3252 has the infrastructure needed to fulfill our projects.

I have personally dedicated over a decade to growing football culture in my beloved city of Los Angeles. Football has been my life. I’ve founded official supporter groups both for local and cross-continent teams. As a member of the Union Ultras I traveled to Portland to work with MLS supporter groups from around the country and together found the bylaws of this country's Independent Supporter Council. However, never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined something as big as LAFC and The 3252 happen here so soon. It's been more than a dream come true in every sense of what I've always wanted and what I feel this city needs.

Conflict resolution is a major necessity for the incoming President. It will be a challenge for whoever takes the position. I believe my calm demeanor and good standing with every group and its leaders will help deal with issues non-aggressively. I hope to resolve conflicts fairly and set a tone of mutual respect between our SGs. Reminding us to see ourselves as LAFC fans first, 3252 members second, and support group members third. It has been amazing to see all the different groups in The 3252 contributions in our first season. I think every group has created something and contributed to the betterment of our organization. I hope to help each SG grow to their full potential and I see this as a way of ensuring the safety and good standing of the 3252 in general. The more personal the better cause we then can more easily identify troublesome situations and deal with it accordingly. We can’t lose sight of the big picture that we are all LAFC fans and we are here to support the club regardless of how we choose to support. We must work through differences to preserve our way of support.

Externally, my hope is to resolve conflicts between other teams in the same way at home, by setting a tone of mutual respect and understanding. I hope in the coming months to set good relations with Supporter Groups from around the country. Even amongst our rivals I hope that getting to know them personally can set a dialogue that will ease tensions and give a better and more humanizing platform for resolving conflicts.

I pledge to protect The 3252 and it's status as a legal non-profit entity. I pledge to keep the 3252 compliant in membership and financial laws that give us our tax status. I pledge to fight for our rights as supporters and to protect our way of actively supporting LAFC in the stands. I pledge to respect all viewpoints and to promote ideas, and I pledge to respect the will of our members and the sanctity of our democratic bylaws. Finally, I pledge to sow the seeds of respect amongst all LAFC fans and 3252 members.

I hope to see a good voter turnout in our elections, and to have a respectful process that showcases the unity of our organization and all its beautiful diversity. There is so much more I would like to talk about, but please feel welcome to chat with me anytime if you have questions. I am available at LAFC/3252 events or on social media to talk about anything LAFC.

I love you all and I thank you for your time and consideration.

Jimmy Lopez

Jimmy Lopez

Jimmy Lopez

I truly feel that I have the experience and knowledge that the position requires.

My life as a supporter began in 2012, when I joined the Black Army. Being a part of the Black Army has taught me how to be a passionate supporter and how to lead by example. Since the start of my membership, I have experienced both good and bad leadership in the group. This has helped shape me into the leader I am today.

My two years of experience as the acting, elected president of the Black Army 1850 during the LAFC inaugural season has provided me with the experience and expertise I feel is necessary to be a successful President of the 3252. During my time as acting president, the Black Army 1850 has not only doubled in membership, but has put on two successful supporter cups, organized and hosted numerous charity and social events, and have tripled our profits through merchandise sales. I cannot solely take credit for these accomplishments, but am proud to be a driving force within the positive, collaborative culture that has flourished within the BA. If elected President of the 3252, my hope is that I can share my leadership experience with the council in order to help the 3252 Independent Supporters Union continue to flourish in the way I have experienced with the BA.

As a president, you can expect from me: open and honest communication, fair treatment for all supporter groups and their members, and a fierce passion for developing a unique culture in the North End. I want nothing more than to see the 3252 continue to develop in its second year, and would push for this to happen by helping guide productive meetings and encourage a supporter culture that demands for active support from its members.


Julio Ramos

Julio Ramos

Director of Active Support

Julio Ramos

Hello 3252,
I would like to announce my bid for re-election of my current position as Director of Active Support.
NAME: Julio Ramos
CODE NAME: Chiva Mayor
BACKGROUND
Since childhood, I grew up with futbol culture while living in Guadalajara. My father worked for Chivas Guadalajara and I saw the game up close.
As I grew into the game, I was part of the 1st youth hinchada for Chivas, and the name was Porra infantil del Guadalajara. I was a member for 3 years. This was my first experience to the real non-stop support for a club.
Futbol is not just a way of life for me; it is a religion.
When I came to the USA, while in high school, the futbol pitch was my second home. Futbol helped me in my social development, state of mind and academics.
After graduation, I coached the women’s varsity for 3 years, and this great experience taught me futbol is not just for men.
During my children’s early days, I passed on to them what my father passed on to me; the love for the game of futbol as a way of life.
Over the years I’ve been very involved in the growth of futbol culture as a Coach in local cities like LA, Pacoima, El Monte, Baldwin Park, San Fernando; also in the city of Utah, Arkansas and Gilroy, CA.
In 2005, Chivas USA gave me a different perspective and as an active SG member of the Legion 1908, we revolutionized the MLS as to how best to support the game and the club.
· I was present when Chivas USA was announced and was there as well from the 1st second when LAFC was introduced.
· ISC founding member in 2007; trophy design and annual meetings attendance.
· Founder of the Barra Azteca
· Founder of Pasion 1927 barra
· Driving force for the Pancho Villas Army
· Directly involved in the growth of the Salvadoran barra ACLA and Los de siempre.
· Directly involved in the 1st LAFC Little league futbol tournament of un-affiliated and low income teams that took place in Bell Gardens and now some of those kids are part of our LAFC academy.
· Driving force among the current capos
EXPERIENCE
Year of entry: 2005 (Legion 1908), 2007 (Union Ultras / District 9 Ultras) **Founding member**
Years of Experience  20+ years
DUTIES
· Total non-stop support 90+ minutes
· Knowing all chants in English and Spanish
· Drumming
· Capo duties
· Game day set-up committee
· Post match inventory of equipment and supplies
· Conferences with MLS, various MLS stadiums security, and local authorities.
· Current Director of Active Support.
CITIES AND STADIUMS VISITED
·  In the USA, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Houston, Utah, San Jose, Seattle, Colorado, Portland, Columbus, Dallas, Fresno, San Diego.
·  In Mexico, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Leon, Toluca, Puebla y Veracruz.
RELATED ACTIVITIES
· Game viewing parties
· Road trips for away games
· Rallies
· Drum sessions
· Community Service (money raised for victims of earthquake in Mexico City, money raised for unemployed individuals, toy drives for the needy, etc.
· Monthly meetings with LAFC and the 3252
OFFICIAL DUTIES WITH D9U
· Drafting of the D9U Constitution
· Drafting of the D9U Philosophy
· Drafting of the D9U Code of conduct
OFFICIAL DUTIES WITH THE 3252 AS DIRECTOR OF ACTIVE SUPPORT.
· Responsible for the festive, family oriented atmosphere during games, rallies and rehearsals.
· Careful and detailed analysis and filtering of proposed chants.
· In charge of strategies to promote total non-stop support among members; recruiting, teaching and maintaining current elements like capos, drum line and assignment of leaders of those elements.
· In charge of recruiting, training and assignment of runners and liaisons in the north end.
PRIMARY OBLIGATION
· Abide by the 3252 bylaws, constitution and code of conduct.

The reason I want to be re-elected is because I believe that year 2 is the most essential to stay at top and improve and all the things that we couldn’t accomplish on the first year, mistakes were make and accepting them and moving forward is what is gonna take us to be the best on the MLS and the world

Josue Villanueva

Josue Villanueva

Josue Villanueva
For the last year LAFC has become a huge part of my life. I have experience soccer on a whole different level and I have gained access to a new family. Becoming Director of Active Support will allow me to continue to help, guide, and mold the 3252 into something even better and bigger than it already is.

As a PE Teacher, I have been trained to guide large groups of people. On a daily basis I must be able to both communicate and engage the crowd. As the Director of Active Support I will be able to voice, clearly, the needs of the 3252. I am a natural born leader, who is always finding new ways to guide others. Another reason that I am qualified for this position is my broad knowledge of the LAFC chants. For the past year I have taken charge of leading the chants during home and aways game. I have both the ability and experience to help members learn chants and stay on beat during the games. As a result of being a Capo, I have gained the knowledge of picking an adequate chant for a particular moment in the game. I make sure to keep the crowd involved every step of the way.

Even though I am a member of the Cuervos, I will ensure that every decision is made in the best interest of the 3252, not only my group. That being said, I will work towards implementing structure that will set standards for every position in order to be a successful supporter group. As the Director of Active Support, I will have high expectations for the 3252.

We will work together to encourage active participation in chants in and out of the stadium. In the past, the 3252 has received negative attention as a result of inappropriate behavior on game days. As a group, we will also create expectations for behavior during home and away games.


Director of External Operations

Austin Hilpert

Austin Hilpert

Austin Hilpert

Hi I’m Austin I’m 23 and I have played soccer since I was 5. I am going for Director of External Operations because I feel with the experience I got with helping Mauricio run it last year along with my years of been around positions that including making quick and rapid decisions while also being very flexible and open to new ideas makes this the ideal position for me. I don’t like being late to anything I’m the guy that you can call 3 hours before an event and I’ll make sure whatever you need is done on time. Thank you.

Fernando Varela

Good afternoon friends,
Thank you for attending the first 3252 Elections, an important milestone in our history! As a 3252 co-founder, I am inspired by how much we have progressed in the past 6 months alone.

Fernando Varela

Fernando Varela

It was over four years ago that I fell in love with LAFC's vision of a community first football club unlike any other in North America. Since then, I have dedicated my life to building and cultivating the culture we have today.

It has not always been easy, but the experience I have gained from the ups and downs have made me a better leader and individual.

I have specifically decided to run for the Director of External Operations position because I believe that my wide-ranging experience and attributes are the ideal match for this position. External Ops' primary job is to organize the pre-game tailgates located at Christmas Tree Lane, but their responsibilities also extend to 3252 events and gatherings that take place outside of the stadium.

These are all responsibilities that I am familiar with. From planning the original layout and tailgate experience before our 2018 inaugural season, to organizing dozens of LAFC related events, meetings, negotiations, and more.

If elected, my plan is to not just maintain but build upon the pre-game experience we had last year. I have already started drafting plans that would debut at our home opener on March 3rd that is intended to bring LAFC supporters closer than ever before. With the final goal of creating a better atmosphere inside the stadium.

Communication with 3252 members, supporter group leadership, LAFC club personnel, and Exposition Park security is a vital part of all external operations' duties. In my time within The 3252 I have worked with all of the above countless times. This will only make the External Operations position more efficient and will be useful in resolving issues quickly.

This is not my passion, it is my religion. As a 3252 Director I will work every day to continue building and improving our unique culture. A culture that we will one day pass down to our kids and they will one day pass down to theirs. These are the thoughts that motivate me. We've only scratched the surface of our potential and I'm excited for the future of our club and our fanbase.

Forza LA!