Montoya retains seat; two new directors to join the cooperative board
Results of the Board of Directors elections for La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) were announced at the electric cooperative’s Annual Meeting, held today, Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Sky Ute Casino & Resort Events Center, Ignacio.
Incumbent Davin Montoya will retain his seat representing District 2, with new directors Rachel Landis and Guinn Unger elected to represent Districts 3 and 4, respectively. In accordance with LPEA’s bylaws, annually one seat in each of LPEA’s four districts comes up for election. The election in District 1(Archuleta County) was cancelled as incumbent Bob Lynch was the only candidate.
Out of the 24,610 ballots mailed, 7,001 LPEA members cast votes for a 28 percent return. This exceeds ballot return compared to the past several years, with LPEA seeing a 22.5 percent return in 2016; 22.6 percent return in 2015; 25 percent return in 2014; and 22.5 percent return in 2013.
With approximately 8,650 members in District 2, south and west La Plata County, Montoya received 1,374 votes, compared to the 1,068 cast for challenger Kim Martin.
In District 3, City of Durango, with approximately 8,070 members, 1,484 members cast votes for new candidate Landis over the 891 earned by new cadidate R. Michael Bell. District 3 incumbent Jeff Berman did not seek re-election in 2017.
Of the approximately 7,890 members in District 4, which covers north and east La Plata County, challenger Unger received 1,181 votes, unseating incumbent Joe Wheeling, who received 999 votes.
An estimated 430 LPEA members attended the LPEA Annual Meeting. Balloting and tallying was overseen by the La Plata County Clerk’s office, retained by the LPEA Board of Directors as an independent third party.
“As a rural electric cooperative, LPEA exists to serve its members. Everyone has an economic interest and voice in LPEA’s future,” said CEO Mike Dreyspring. “We thank those who cast their votes and took time to participate in the cooperative process.”
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the LPEA Board of Directors is Wednesday, May 17, beginning at 9 a.m. at LPEA’s Durango headquarters, 45 Stewart St. (Bodo Park). Per the bylaws, officers will be elected at that time. Member comment will be heard immediately following.
LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with in excess of 42,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible. For additional information, visit www.lpea.coop.