Sandra P. Jenkins, a Marble Falls resident, announced her candidacy for Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) Board of Directors, District 1.
“I’ve been outspoken about the problems at PEC since they were publicly revealed,” Jenkins said. The PEC belongs to the people, and should have a board comprised of directors who respect the members that own it.”
Jenkins continued, saying, “A common fallacy among some of the membership, and even some of the other board candidates, is that the board runs the daily operations of PEC. In fact the board of directors is responsible for overseeing the general manager of the cooperative, for setting policy, for providing guidance and initative and for representing and protecting the concerns of the membership.”
The District 1 seat was previously held by Vi Cloud, who recently announced she was not seeking re-election so she could spend more time with her family. District 6 Director Val Smith has also declined reelection to PEC’s board.
Jenkins cited a long list of problems at PEC as her motivation for running, including the downgrade of PEC’s outstanding first mortgage bonds from AA- to A+, the need to implement cost controls and reforms, and the need to respond to past mismanagement and excessive costs.
Responding to the credit downgrade, Jenkins said, “As a board member, my business experience will be a valuable asset as we work to cut costs, maintain appropriate levels of infrastructure and wisely invest the members’ money into cost-effective sources of energy.”
PEC’s appeal of the $4.7 million settlement, and its subsequent dismissal, is also factoring into Jenkins’ decision to run.
“The appeal of the class action lawsuit settlement, although flawed, has been judicially upheld,” said Jenkins. “So now it’s time to move forward and not lose sight of future goals and challenges. As a new board member, I will continue to correct past mistakes where possible, help create a new board that is more skilled at corporate oversight and foster dedication to serving the members under co-op principles.”
Energy conservation and the use of renewable energy ranks high in Jenkins’ priorities as well.
“Conservation is a big issue for me,” said Jenkins. “We need to take better care of our natural resources so that there’s nothing left for our children. Therefore, programs which reward energy conservation will be a cornerstone of mt board membership.”
Jenkins co-founded ABC Pest Services with her late husband Bob, which touts itself as the largest family-owned pest control company in Texas. She has served on several civic boards and commissions, including the Marble Falls Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board, and the Hill Country Community Theater. She is also the founder, and an active member, of the Hill Country Plungettes. She divides her time between managing her Double Eagle Game Ranch and serving as a real estate broker. Jenkins can be reached via e-mail for more information.Email | Print