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Three candidates are up for election to the Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) board of directors. The election will begin on May 29 and conclude on June 14.

In District 4, which includes northern Hays County and southwestern portions of Travis County, the candidates are Jimmy Skipton and Chris Perry (in the order they will appear on the ballot), both of Dripping Springs. In District 5, which is most of Blanco County, James Oakley of Spicewood is running unopposed.

Candidates qualified for the ballot by obtaining 100 member signatures, meeting the eligibility requirements and completing other official paperwork:

PEC will be holding three events where members can meet board candidates and hear them communicate their credentials, experience and views. The first event will be held Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at PEC headquarters, located at 201 S. Ave. F in Johnson City. Each candidate will address topics of their choice and take questions from the audience. A video of the April 18 presentations will be posted to PEC’s website. Members will have the opportunity to ask the candidates questions during and after the presentation portion of the forum.

Two additional “meet the candidates” events will be held at PEC’s offices in Liberty Hill (May 30) and Oak Hill (June 4). These events also will begin at 5:30 p.m. At all three events, a door prize will be awarded to one member in attendance.

Ballots, candidates’ biographical information and voting instructions will be mailed to all PEC members by May 29. The order of candidates on the ballot was determined by a random drawing conducted by representatives of Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS), the independent company managing PEC’s balloting.

Members will be able to vote beginning May 29 by returning completed ballots to SBS by mail using the included prepaid return envelopes or by voting online through SBS’s secure website. Mail-in and online voting will run through June 14. Ballots will not be accepted at PEC’s offices. Members also will be able to vote in person at PEC’s annual meeting on June 22 in Kyle, where election results will be announced.

 

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