Members interested in running for the board encouraged to get involved
DURANGO, Colo. – Four seats on the La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) board of directors will be up for election in 2012, and LPEA officials are encouraging all those who may be interested in becoming a director to begin their education of the cooperative and obligations of the board.
“Elections are a few months off, but we urge those interested in running for the board to familiarize themselves with the organization through the web site, www.lpea.coop, and to attend regular board meetings,” said Greg Munro, CEO, noting that the January meeting is set for Wednesday, Jan. 18. “Traditionally the board meets the third Wednesday of each month beginning at 9 a.m.”
Candidate packets will be available Monday, Mar. 5 at LPEA offices in Durango and Pagosa Springs. To be placed on the ballot, candidates must return completed petitions to either LPEA office by 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 28. Ballots will be mailed to the membership on Friday, April 20 with results, tallied by an independent third party, announced at LPEA’s Annual Meeting set for Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Sky Ute Resort and Casino, Ignacio.
Pursuant to LPEA bylaws, one-third of the directors’ seats are up for election annually, one in each of LPEA’s four districts. Incumbent directors are Bob Formwalt (District 1 – Archuleta County), Jerry McCaw (District 2 – south and west La Plata County), Bobby Lieb (District 3 – City of Durango) and Herb Brodsky (District 4 – north and east La Plata County). Directors are elected for a three-year term.
“LPEA is a cooperative, owned by and operated for the benefit of those who use its services,” added Munro. “So, if you purchase your electricity from La Plata Electric, and are a member in good standing, you are entitled to run for the board and elect the directors who determine company policy.”
Candidates for the LPEA board of directors must be permanent residents of the district they seek to represent. Completed election petitions must contain 15 or more signatures from co-op members in a candidate’s district. Candidates with additional questions are encouraged to contact Jeannie Bennett, 970.382.3505 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with in excess of 42,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible. For additional information, contact LPEA at 970.247.5786 or visit www.lpea.coop.