With the pandemic lingering into this year, United Power is gearing up for its 2021 Annual Meeting & Director Election a little differently. The cooperative had planned to hold its previous Annual Meeting in-person before COVID. The pandemic forced the cooperative to consider alternate options for members. The result was the first-ever virtual meeting. This year, we are moving forward with the second consecutive virtual format that will allow members to follow along by telephone or via livestream on the cooperative’s website from the comfort of their own homes.
All members are invited to attend the Annual Meeting to hear from United Power leadership about the exciting ways the cooperative has continued to serve members through tumultuous times over the previous year. From the cooperative’s proactive response to the pandemic to its dedicated efforts to pursue competitive rates for members, our leadership has much to share. Members who attend will have the opportunity to win one of several door prizes, announced the following day.
In addition to the Annual Meeting, members have the unique opportunity to have a say in the future of their electric cooperative by voting in the director election. Each year, your votes determine who represents members on United Power’s Board of Directors. Your participation in the election is critical to helping the cooperative better serve you.
Seven candidates will be running for election to the Board of Directors. This year, one seat in each director district is up for election. The director candidates are Steve Douglas and Tim Erickson in the East District; Stephen Whiteside in the Mountain District; Brad Case and Ken Kreutzer in the South District; and Vicki Hutchinson and Brian McCormick in the West District. (Candidate statements can be found here.)
The cooperative mails out director ballots – including candidate statements – in late March and encourages all members to vote and mail in their ballots prior to the deadline. This year there will be no ballot drop boxes and no in-person balloting. Please return your ballots in the postage-paid envelope before the April 14 deadline. Although directors live in specific geographic districts, they represent all members and are therefore elected on an “at-large” basis. This means members should cast a vote for a director in each district and not just their own.
Attending the Meeting
Member registration for the Annual Meeting is now open on the cooperative’s website. Members who register will receive a phone call from the cooperative on Wednesday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. Election results will be announced prior to adjournment. To learn more about the Annual Meeting, read about candidates running for a seat on the board, or to register, visit the Annual Meeting page.