At its April board meeting, Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) Board of Directors approved the ballot for the 2019 PEC election. Seven cooperative members will run for two director positions in districts 4 and 5.
The following candidates qualify to run for seats on the board (their names are listed in the order in which they will appear on the ballot):
- District 4:
- Kathi Thomas
- Jim Powers
- Joe Pool
- District 5:
- John A. Watson
- Kenneth Reneau
- James Oakley
- Lisa Ivie Miller
These candidates achieved nomination by meeting the eligibility requirements in the cooperative’s bylaws, collecting 50 required member signatures on a petition, and completing other official paperwork. The qualifications and elections committee, which reviews each candidate applicant, provided their recommendation to the board at its April 12 meeting. The order of candidates on the ballot was determined by a random drawing among the candidates at a candidate orientation on April 8.
Directors must reside in the district from which they are seeking election, and cooperative members from districts 4 and 5 are eligible to vote in this year’s election.
PEC members are invited to learn more about the candidates at an upcoming forum on Thursday, April 18, at 5:30 p.m. at PEC headquarters, located at 201 S. Avenue F in Johnson City. Board candidates will have five minutes to present their platforms and will take questions from PEC members in a moderated format. Links to videos from the event will be available online at pec.coop/election.
Voting in this year’s election begins May 24 and runs through June 14. Members may vote online, by mail, online via SmartHub, or in-person at the PEC Annual Meeting. Members can also vote online through an iPad device at PEC’s Johnson City, Dripping Springs, Marble Falls, Cedar Park, Junction, and Oak Hill offices. This year, the cooperative is offering incentives for early voting. Members who vote early will be entered into drawings to win bill credits for the following amounts: two prizes for $500 during the first week of voting, two prizes for $275 the second week of voting, and 23 prizes for $150 the third week of voting through June 14. Winners will be announced June 22 at the Annual Meeting in Horseshoe Bay, but do not need to be present to win.
Election results will be announced before the conclusion of that meeting.
Find complete PEC election details online at pec.coop/election.