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COVER: Newly elected and re-elected PEC board members: Paul Graf of Spring Branch; Cristi Clement of Marble Falls and Amy Lea SJ Akers of San Marcos. SUBMITTED PHOTO


JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative members elected two new board directors representing districts that include large portions of Hays County, according to results announced today.

In District 6, Paul Graf, a management and energy industry consultant who lives in Spring Branch, won 13,330 votes to beat incumbent Larry Landaker, a Wimberley real estate agent who won 7,727 votes. Max Hosford, a Fischer resident employed as the finance director for a real estate consulting firm, won 1,632 votes. A past PEC board president, Landaker was elected in 2009 and re-elected in 2012.

In District 7, San Marcos attorney Amy Lea SJ Akers won a tight race with Jeff Barton, a former Hays County commissioner and Mountain City area resident, 9,943 votes to 9,327. A third candidate, Douglas Kadjar of Kyle, won 3,357 votes. Akers also represents parts of Hays and Caldwell counties on the Edwards Aquifer Authority board of directors, a position to which she was elected in November.

In the only other directorship election on the ballot, incumbent Cristi Clement of Marble Falls kept her board seat with 11,500 votes to Burnet resident Mark Axford’s 11,228 votes. Elected in 2009 and re-elected in 2012, Clement is set to serve a third three-year term that will expire in 2018.

Although PEC’s 8,100-square-mile service area is divided into board director districts, any cooperative member can vote in every director election, regardless of where they live. Of 226,880 cooperative members eligible to vote, 23,404 cast ballots, about 10.3 percent, said officials of Survey & Ballot Systems Inc., an Eden Prairie, Minn.-based firm contracted to conduct the election on behalf of PEC.

Most members, 15,024, cast ballots by mail with 8,232 casting ballots by Internet. Another 148 voted at the cooperative’s annual membership meeting on Saturday, held this year in Cedar Park.

After new members we seated today, the board elected James Oakley, a Spicewood area resident elected to the board in 2013, as president and Emily Pataki, a Cedar Park resident elected in 2014, as vice president. Graf was elected secretary-treasurer.

A quick look at the election results:

District 6

Southern and western Hays County including Woodcreek and most of the Wimberley area. Also, western Blanco and northern Comal counties including Canyon Lake area and Bulverde.

PEC District 6 Map [pdf]

Max Hosford1,632
Paul Graf13,330
Larry Landaker7,727

District 7

Northeastern and central Hays County including Kyle, Buda, Niederwald, Uhland and Driftwood. Southern Travis County including Manchaca and Creedmoor.

PEC District 7 Map [pdf]

Douglas Kadjar3,357
Jeff Barton9,327
Amy Lea SJ Akers9,943

District 1

Burnet County and portions of Travis and Williamson counties.

PEC District 1 Map [pdf]

Cristi Clement11,500
Mark Axford11,228
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