Take time to vote in HEA election

That oversized Homer Electric Association envelop you got in the mail? Relax, it’s not an extra bill. Six good folks are running for three seats on the HEA board of directors and that envelope contains your ballot.

Kudos if you already marked your choice and sent it back.

If not, I hope it didn’t end up in the trash! Please don’t let your HEA ballot molder under that pile of junk mail either. Unlike commercial or municipal utility ratepayers, HEA members have a say in how the coop is run. So it’s in your interest to elect a person most likely to represent your concerns to the board of directors.

Between 2009 and 2013 I volunteered with the HEA Members Forum to attend and report on all board meetings. My backside sure got sore but it became clear that the coop works best when HEA members take an interest.

No matter who wins, we should appreciate the present candidates’ willingness to run and serve on the HEA Board. It’s a time consuming, demanding volunteer job. All but one were kind enough to respond to a Members Forum questionnaire regarding coop issues. You can go to https://inletkeeper.org/resources/contents/homer-electric-association-me... to see their answers.

It’s not too late to vote. If you already dumped the mail-in ballot you can still vote in person at the May 4 annual HEA meeting at Soldotna High. Based on the candidates’ questionnaire responses, public statements and our personal experiences with most of them, we support the following three people:District 1, Kate Veh; District 2, Dick Waisanen; and District 3, Jim Levine.

We believe that these candidates will invest the time and energy to fully understand important issues facing HEA and make informed decisions. They appear to be genuinely interested in hearing from HEA members and considering our concerns in their deliberations.

Your vote matters. In last December’s deregulation election more of us voted than ever before, successfully demonstrating to HEA management and board overwhelming member support for Regulatory Commission of Alaska oversight. Voting now is your next opportunity to help make HEA serve you better.

 

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