ENS: House of Deputies President Julia Ayala Harris Reelected on First Ballot

Julia Ayala Harris speaks at a podium microphone

Via Episcopal News Service — Louisville, Kentucky

House of Deputies President Julia Ayala Harris was re-elected June 25, winning decisively on the first ballot and fending off challenges from the Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton, the deputies’ vice president, and Zena Link, a former Executive Council member.

The victory sends Ayala Harris to a second term — and her first three-year term, after she was first elected in 2022 to a two-year term at the pandemic-delayed 80th General Convention.

“I am humbled and thank you for your confidence in me and my leadership,” Ayala Harris said after the election results were announced. She concluded her brief remarks by saying, “Now, church geeks, let’s roll up our sleeves and get back to work.”

Taber-Hamilton has said she will not run for re-election as vice president, and the election of her successor is scheduled for June 27.

Congratulations to Julia Ayala Harris!

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