Eligible Pedernales Electric Cooperative members in PEC Board Districts 2 and 3 interested in running for a position on the Co-op’s Board of Directors may now obtain the petition forms needed to seek nomination.
Petition forms and information are posted on PEC’s website at www.pec.coop/nomination. Members also may call 1-888-554-4732 or go to any PEC office to request the materials. The petition materials include instructions, maps showing PEC Board districts, and forms for submitting background information and collecting member signatures.
Members seeking nomination for PEC director positions are required by Co-op bylaws to do so through a petition process. Verifiable signatures from members who live within the nominee’s Board district or have designated a voting residence within the district for which they are signing, are required for nomination. Completed petition materials must be received at PEC headquarters by the Board Recording Secretary by 5 p.m. on April 7.
Director nominees have to maintain primary residence receiving continuous electric service for one year in the PEC Board district they wish to represent. PEC’s Board districts 2 and 3 both include portions of Travis and Williamson counties.
Directors are democratically elected by the PEC membership and are compensated. The Co-op has one director from each of its seven Board districts, and directors serve three-year terms.
After petition signatures and nominees’ qualifications are verified, the Board plans to consider at its April 21meeting the inclusion of director candidates on the 2014 ballot. This year, a member-staffed qualifications review committee will verify nominees' qualifications.
Ballots will be mailed to members by May 27.
Also on the ballot this year will be a member vote to decide which method they would prefer to use in future director elections. This vote will be between the Co-op's current at-large method of voting and a single-member district voting method. With an at-large voting method, PEC members from all districts may vote each year for all director candidates up for election, regardless of which district the members or candidates live. Under a single-member district voting method, members may vote once every three years to elect their district’s director.
The Board has committed to pursuing the implementation of whichever system the membership favors, and this includes making necessary modifications to the Cooperative’s governing documents and urging lawmakers to implement any necessary changes to state law. PEC is not taking an official position for either method of electing directors, but the Co-op has provided for members a list of considerations outlining some of the differences and similarities between the two methods. This list is available at www.pec.coop/election.
Members will be able to vote by mail or online between May 27 and June 13, or in person at the Cooperative’s June 21 annual meeting in Leander. Election results will be announced near the conclusion of the meeting.