At its April 19 Board meeting in Johnson City, Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors announced that 13 PEC members will run for Director positions in the upcoming Board election. Members will elect directors for District 4 and District 5.
The following candidates, listed in the order they will appear on the ballot, were nominated by members’ petitions:
• Director, District 4: Dr. Ted Lehr, Austin; Dr. Geoffrey VanderPal, Driftwood; Ken Rigsbee, Austin; Deborah (Deb) Ballew, Austin; Dan W. Pedersen, PE, Lakeway; Tom Griebel, Austin; Chris Perry, Dripping Springs; Bob Driscoll, Austin
• Director, District 5: Joe Summy, Johnson City; Ross Fischer, Kendalia; Steven Carriker, Dripping Springs; Thornton Keel, Spicewood; Don Casey, Cypress Mill
The order of candidates on the ballot was determined by a random drawing conducted by representatives of Election Services Corporation, the independent company conducting PEC’s election.
PEC is holding a public forum on April 27 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 four minutes to address topics of their choice, and the streaming video of the addresses will be recorded and posted to the PEC website. Following the candidates’ addresses, members at the event will have the opportunity to meet the candidates individually and ask questions.
Ballots, candidates’ biography information and voting instructions will be mailed by ESC to all PEC members by May 5. Members may return completed ballots by mail using the included prepaid return envelopes or vote online through ESC’s secure website. Mail-in and online voting must be completed by June 11. Members also can vote in person at the annual membership meeting June 19 in Johnson City, where election winners will be announced.
More information about the election, including maps outlining directors’ district boundaries, is available at www.pec.coop.