Results of director elections announced at LPEA Annual Meeting
Decision in District 4 is within 1 percent margin – election too close to call.
DURANGO, Colo. – Results of the Board of Directors elections for La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) were announced at the electric cooperative’s Annual Meeting, held today, Saturday, May 12, 2018, at the Sky Ute Casino & Resort Events Center, Ignacio.
Incumbents Kohler McInnis and Britt Bassett will retain their seats for additional three-year terms representing Districts 2 and 3, respectively, with new director Kirsten Skeehan elected to represent District 1. The election in District 4, between incumbent Karen Barger and challenger Tim Wheeler, had a margin of less than 1 percent, which triggered a recount to ensure accuracy. The recount will be done at the La Plata County Clerk’s office on Monday, May 14.
In accordance with LPEA’s bylaws, annually one seat in each of LPEA’s four districts comes up for election. Also, this year, the membership was asked to vote on changes to 10 bylaws, and all 10 were approved by a wide margin.
Out of the 33,150 ballots mailed, 8,744 LPEA members cast votes for an approximate 26 percent return. This is less than last year’s 28 percent return but exceeds ballot return compared to the past several years, with LPEA seeing a 22.5 percent return in 2016; 22.6 percent return in 2015; 25 percent return in 2014; and 22.5 percent return in 2013.
In District 1, Archuleta County, Skeehan received 1,109 votes, unseating incumbent Bob Formwalt, who received 796.
In District 2, south and west La Plata County, McInnis received 1,292 votes, compared to the 1,074 cast for challenger Jeffery Mannix.
In District 3, City of Durango, 1,452 members cast votes for incumbent Bassett, exceeding the 678 earned by challenger Gene Fisher.
In District 4, which covers north and east La Plata County, 2,343 members cast votes.
An estimated 450 LPEA members attended the LPEA Annual Meeting, including the 285 voting members registered. Balloting and tallying was managed by an independent Election Supervisory Committee, overseen by the La Plata County Clerk’s office, which has been retained by the LPEA Board of Directors as an independent third party.
“As a rural electric cooperative, LPEA exists to serve its members. Everyone has an economic interest and voice in LPEA’s future,” said CEO Mike Dreyspring. “We thank those who cast their votes and took time to participate in the cooperative process.”
All members in good standing, who pay their electric bill to LPEA, are qualified to vote for the directors who represent them, as well as the bylaws, which are the governing directives of the cooperative.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the LPEA Board of Directors is Wednesday, May 16, beginning at 9 a.m. at LPEA’s Durango headquarters, 45 Stewart St. (Bodo Park). Per the bylaws, officers will be elected at that time. Member comment will be heard immediately following.
LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 33,000 members, with in excess of 42,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible. For additional information, visit www.lpea.coop.