As a community we have institutional membership of TUG paid for by StackOverflow. (Thanks to StackOverflow for this support and to Stefan Kottwitz for the initial idea!) The membership entitles us to nominate eight people to benefit directly from this, receiving copies of TUGBoat and so on. As in previous years, the aim of this question is to solicit nominations for those places.
In the first stage, I would like to ask for nominations for the places. Nominations should be made by posting an answer here with any reasoning you like, then immediately deleting the answer. In a second stage, I will undelete all of the answers to allow the community to vote: any 'stray' votes before the second phase will be ignored. Nominations can be made by the 'candidate' themselves or you can nominate someone else. In the latter situation the mod team will check that the nominee is happy to appear in the 'ballot'.
There is no restriction on standing in the ballot beyond needing to be a member of TeX-sx as-of this morning (0900 GMT on 2018-01-25). In particular, the aim of the memberships here is to allow TeX knowledge to be disseminated: candidates do not have to have 'strong' TeX knowledge, 'community standing' or similar.
The first phase (nominations) will run until 2200 GMT on 2018-02-03, after which there will be a voting phase. In the event of a tie in votes, the mod team will decide which name goes forward. The mod team may also include additional names if at the end of the voting process there are fewer than eight nominees with positive scores.
The voting phase is open until 2200 GMT on 2018-02-09. Additional nominations may be added during this phase. At the end of this period the top eight names will be passed to the StackOverflow staff. (Note: at the time of writing there are nominations which have not been made 'active' as the nominees have not yet confirmed they are happy to go forward.)
At the end of the voting period, the votes were as follows:
- samcarter 23
- ShreevatsaR 22
- Moriambar 18
- Marmot 16 
- wipet 14
- Phelype Oleinik 13
- CarLaTeX 12 
- Przemysław Scherwentke 11
- Rmano 9
- cfr 8
Thus samcarter, ShreevatsaR, Moriambar, Marmot, wipet, Phelype Oleinik, Przemysław Scherwentke and Rmano are elected as our representatives: I'll pass the names to the StackOverflow staff. Congratulations to all!
: Had one vote before formal voting period started : Withdrew at the end of the voting period