Voting for 2023 PEC Board of Directors Election now open

Members in Districts 2 and 3 may cast ballot through June 9

Pedernales Electric Cooperative members in Districts 2 and 3 are eligible to vote in the Cooperative’s Board of Director Election through June 9, at 5 p.m. This year, five members are running for two director positions. The director seats have a three-year term and the following candidates will appear on the ballot in the order they are listed:

District: 2:

  • Carlos St. James
  • Emily Pataki

District 3:

  • Mark Ekrut
  • Michael Guess
  • John Hoffner

Members may vote online, via PEC SmartHub on a computer or mobile device, by mail, email link, or in a PEC office. To cast a vote, members will receive a unique QR Code on their ballot that will direct them to the voting portal. Members who vote will be entered in drawings for prizes, including bill credits of $400, $100, and $75. PEC will announce prize winners at the Cooperative’s annual meeting on June 16, but they do not need to be present to win.

PEC embraces what it means to be a cooperative — owned and governed by our members and recognizes the democratic process that makes this possible. Democratic member control is one of the Seven Cooperative Principles and PEC is unique among all electric cooperatives in the high level of transparency and member involvement that occurs in its board elections. Any PEC member who meets the qualifications written in the Cooperative’s Bylaws may run for a seat on the Board. PEC’s Qualifications and Elections Committee, a member-led group, verifies candidates meet the Bylaw requirements to run and an independent, third-party handles the ballot processing and counts.

The candidates listed on the ballot met the eligibility requirements in the Cooperative’s Bylaws, collected the required 50 member-petition signatures from within their voting district, reside in the district for which they are seeking to be elected, and completed all other necessary official documentation.

Election results will be released June 13 and newly elected directors will be seated June 16. For complete PEC election information, visit

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