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  • Director Elections

    About the La Plata Electric Association Board of Directors and election:

    Electric cooperatives, such as LPEA, are private, independent electric utilities owned by and operated for the benefit of the members they serve. Everyone who pays their electric bill to LPEA is eligible to be a member of the cooperative, and as such has the right to both vote for the directors who represent them on the board, and run for a seat on that board.

    The Board of Directors determines the policies and overall directives of the cooperative, plus provides the LPEA staff with goals and objectives for the business. Review the LPEA Board Policies. Board members serve three-year terms and are welcome to run as incumbents once that term is up.

    In addition to monthly Board meetings (typically the third Wednesday of every month), the Board members serve on local, state and industry boards, plus keep current on statewide and national energy policy issues. Many Board members have also been accredited as a Credentialed Cooperative Director and received their Board Leadership Certificate through the National Rural Electric Association.

    Pursuant to LPEA's Bylaws, one-third of the 12 Board seats are up for election annually, one in each of the four districts. Board members must be members of the cooperative and be permanent residents of the district they seek to represent. View a map of LPEA's Districts.

    Directors eligible for re-election are:

    LPEA Bylaws – Section 2 – Qualifications and Tenure (page 13)
    In order to be eligible to become or remain a director of the cooperative a person shall:

    a. be a member of the cooperative,
    b. be a bona fide resident of his director district and a permanent occupant receiving electric
    service from the cooperative at his primary residential abode,
    c. not be in any way employed by a business selling electric energy or a major supplier of the
    cooperative,
    d. not be employed or have a spouse or child employed by the cooperative in any position.
    Procedure for filing for a board position:

    Procedure for Filing for a Board Position

    Deadline for returning petitions and candidate materials to the LPEA office in Durango or Pagosa Springs is 1:00 pm on Friday, March 11, 2016.

    LPEA Board Election Packet Materials

    Information Available to all Candidates upon Request

    All candidates will be notified if additional items have been requested by a candidate(s) and will be afforded the same opportunity to obtain the requested items.

    All candidates will be notified if additional items have been requested by a candidate(s) and will be afforded the same opportunity to obtain the requested items.

    Further questions can be directed to Jeannie Bennett, jbennett@lpea.coop or 970.382.3505.

    Voting Information

    Ballots will be mailed to the membership on or before April 15, 2016.

    Deadline for mail-in ballots is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2016.

    Vote in person at the annual meeting, May 7, 2016.