At its April 18 Board meeting in Johnson City, Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors announced that six PEC members will run for two director positions in the upcoming Board election. The Cooperative’s membership will elect directors for Board districts 2 and 3.
The following candidates, listed in the order they will appear on the ballot, achieved nomination by getting the required 100 member signatures and completing other official paperwork:
1. Director, District 2: Alan Yore, Cedar Park; William D. (Bill) Boggs, Leander.
2. Director, District 3: Stephen Thomas, Cedar Park; Kathy Scanlon, Austin; Tom Gress, Cedar Park; Matthew Weldon, Austin.
PEC is holding a public forum on April 28 where members can meet Board candidates and hear them communicate their credentials, experience and views. The event will begin at 5 p.m. at PEC headquarters, located at 201 S. Ave. F in Johnson City, and also will be live-streamed over the Cooperative’s website. Each candidate will have five minutes to address topics of their choice, and the streaming video of the addresses will be recorded and posted to the PEC website. Members in attendance will have the opportunity to speak with candidates after the presentation portion of the forum.
Ballots, candidates’ biographical information and voting instructions will be mailed to all PEC members by May 4. Also on the ballot this year will be a member vote to recommend to the Board which of the following systems should be used for future director elections:
1. At-large system (currently used system): Directors are locally nominated by petition of members within their district, but elected by a vote of members from all districts across the Cooperative.
2. Single-member system: Directors would be nominated and elected locally, by action of only members within their district.
3. Hybrid combination of at-large and single-member systems: Most directors would be elected locally, by members within their single-member districts. A smaller number of directors would be elected by all members of the Cooperative.
The order of candidates on the ballot was determined by a random drawing conducted by representatives of Election Services Corporation (ESC), the independent company managing PEC’s balloting. Members will be able to vote by returning completed ballots to ESC by mail using the included prepaid return envelopes or by voting online through ESC’s secure website. Mail-in and online voting must be completed by June 10, and ballots will not be accepted at PEC’s offices. Members also can vote in person at PEC’s annual meeting June 18 in Johnson City, where election results will be announced.
More information about the election is at www.pec.coop.