Election packets to be mailed Friday, April 19; results announced May 11
Ballots for the election of three directors on the La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) board are set to be mailed Friday, April 19, 2013. LPEA directors represent their geographic districts and help determine current and future policy at the electric cooperative. Election results will be announced during the LPEA Annual Meeting, May 11, 2013.
“We encourage our members to be involved,” said Greg Munro, LPEA CEO. “We are facing challenges in the industry, and we will need to be thoughtful and conscientious as we explore our options going forward. This election is very important. We encourage LPEA members to get to know the candidates in their district and vote.”
In accordance with LPEA’s bylaws, annually one seat in each of LPEA’s four districts comes up for election. This year in District 2 (south and west La Plata County), incumbent director Tom Compton was the only nominee, thus the election in that district will be cancelled and Compton retains his seat.
The approximately 7,700 LPEA members in Archuleta County – District 1 – will elect a representative to the board from a field of two: incumbent Lindon Stewart and new candidate Mark Garcia.
In District 3, which is essentially the City of Durango, two new candidates will vie for the seat vacated by retiring incumbent Harry Goff: Michael Rendon and Richard Alan Yoder. District 3 includes approximately 7,400 eligible voters.
New candidate Jack D. Turner is challenging incumbent Herb Brodsky in District 4. Nearly 7,700 eligible voters are in District 4, which covers north and east La Plata County, including part of Bayfield.
Candidate profiles - http://www.lpea.coop/company_info/board/candidatestatements2013.pdf
Ballots must be returned by 4 p.m., Friday, May 10 to FredrickZink & Associates, the independent, Durango-based CPA firm retained by LPEA to tally the ballots utilizing La Plata County’s official ballot counting equipment. If not voting by mail, members can bring their ballots to the Annual Meeting at Sky Ute Casino and Resort in Ignacio on May 11. Registration for the Annual Meeting begins at 9 a.m., with the business meeting to commence at 10:30 a.m. Anyone voting at the Annual Meeting must do so prior to 10:30 a.m.
LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with nearly 41,000 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.