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Two seats on the Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) board of directors, each of which accounts for a portion of Hays County, are up for election this spring.

The cooperative announced this week that the forms now are available for anyone seeking either of the positions.

Petition forms and information are posted on PEC’s website at www.pec.coop/nomination. Members also may call 1-888-554-4732 or go to any PEC office to request the materials. The petition materials include instructions and forms for submitting background information, forms for collecting member signatures and maps showing PEC board districts.

The two seats are for Districts 4 and 5. District 4 represents northern Hays County, basically all of the county that lies north of FM 967, along with portions of Travis and Blanco Counties. District 5 touches a sliver of far western Hays County, as well as portions of 16 other PEC counties.

District 4 presently is represented by Dripping Springs resident Chris Perry. District 5 is represented by Ross Fischer, who lives in Kendalia.

Cooperative bylaws require that members seeking nomination for PEC board positions must do so through a petition process. Board hopefuls must produce verifiable signatures from at least 100 members who live within the director nominee’s board district or have designated a voting residence within the district.

Members seeking nomination may obtain a list of members within their board district by emailing openrecords@peci.com or by calling (800) 868-4791, ext. 5163. Completed petition materials must be received at PEC headquarters by 5 p.m. on April 8.

Director nominees have to maintain primary residence in the PEC board district they wish to represent. Directors are democratically elected by the PEC membership and are compensated. The co-op has one director for each of its seven board districts. Directors serve three-year terms.

After verifying petition signatures and nominees’ qualifications, the board plans to consider candidates for the 2013 ballot at its April 15. The ballots will be mailed to co-op members on May 29. Members will be able to vote for director candidates by mail or online between May 29-June 14, or in person at the cooperative’s June 22 annual meeting in Kyle. Election winners will be announced near the conclusion of the meeting.

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