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Four seats on LPEA Board of Directors up for election

Election packets for those interested in running for a seat on the La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) board of directors will be available Monday, March 7, 2011, at LPEA offices in Durango and Pagosa Springs. To be placed on the ballot, candidates must return completed petitions to the Durango office (45 Stewart St.) by 2 p.m. on March 30.

Pursuant to LPEA bylaws, one-third of director seats are up for election annually, one in each of LPEA’s four districts. Incumbent directors are Harry Cole (District 1 — Archuleta County), Davin Montoya (District 2 — south and west La Plata County), Jeff Berman (District 3 — the City of Durango) and Joe Wheeling (District 4 — north and east La Plata County). Directors are elected for a three-year term.

“LPEA is a cooperative, owned by and operated for the benefit of those who use its services,” said Greg Munro, LPEA CEO. “So, if you purchase your electricity from La Plata Electric, you are also a member-owner entitled to elect the directors who determine company policy.”

Ballots for the director elections will be mailed to LPEA’s full membership on April 22, and the results, tallied by an independent accounting firm, will be announced at the LPEA annual meeting, Saturday, May 14, at Sky Ute Casino, Ignacio.

Candidates for the LPEA board of directors must be member-owners of the cooperative in good standing, and be permanent residents of the district that they seek to represent. Completed election petitions must contain 15 or more signatures from co-op members in a candidate’s district.

The candidate packets contain additional election information and instructions, including copies of LPEA’s bylaws and board policies. Further information is available at LPEA from Jeannie Bennett, (970) 382-3505 or

“We do urge everyone to be involved in the cooperative by serving as a director or most certainly by casting a vote,” said Munro. “The company exists to serve its members. Everyone has an economic interest and voice in LPEA’s future, and that’s important as we go forward, especially since we are facing an imminent rise in energy costs.”

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