As of Monday, 47 people had filed the necessary paperwork to run in this year’s election for five positions on the Pedernales Electric Cooperative board.
PEC spokesman Michael Racis said that five people have filed for the District 6 Advisory Director position, which includes the cities of Blanco and Canyon Lake. Until the PEC concludes the background checks and confirmation process for all of the candidates, it is not releasing the names of candidates. However, 17 people have listed their names on the member sponsored website pec4u.org as candidates.
Three voting directorships are on the ballot. Seventeen candidates filed for the District 7 Director position covering the Kyle and Buda area, which was vacated by the resignation of longtime PEC director and former board president Bud Burnett. Twelve people filed for the Cedar Park area’s District 3 Director slot currently held by Barry Adair of Austin. Four candidates filed for the District 2 Director position held for 30 years by E. B. Price of Bertram, who succeeded Burnett as president of the board. Price said Tuesday that he is not running for re-election.
Nine candidates had filed for the District 5 Advisory Director position that includes Horseshoe Bay and Johnson City.
Racis said that more candidate applications may still be received by the PEC as the rules allow filings which are postmarked by the April 7 deadline.
Racis explained that since PEC bylaws provide that the candidate who gains the most votes will win the directorship, even if the top vote getter receives only a plurality of votes, there will not be a run-off. Although candidates run in districts, the entire PEC membership will vote in all the district races. The winners will be announced at the annual membership meeting in June.