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June 1st, 2009
Letter to the Editor: PEC destiny in voter's hands

Dear Editor,

The best efforts by State Senator Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) and State Representative Patrick Rose (D-Dripping Springs) have been stopped. Their efforts to codify statutory protections for electric cooperative members, including steps to make open meetings and open records permanent, have failed in the final hours of the Texas Legislature. As a result, Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s (PEC) destiny is in your hands. Member-owners will determine the direction PEC takes in this year’s annual election for directors.

Between now and June 12, PEC members have the opportunity to determine their future. You may elect candidates in sympathy with the now disgraced holdover board or elect highly qualified reform candidates who favor transparency. The lack of a firewall against unchecked power, greed and secrecy has cost PEC member-owners untold millions of dollars.

If you believe the business of the board is the business of the members, you will vote for candidates who support reform. Member-owners deserve the whole truth about the financial condition of their cooperative. The 2008 Navigant Report is must reading for anyone uncertain about how to vote and can be found on PEC’s website ( It weaves a tale of authoritarian rule, incompetence and malfeasance that begs for reform.

Member-owners must act and vote in this election. Reform is tenuous and efforts must be ongoing. Members must remain vigilant. If elected, I will introduce permanent reform with member-written By-Laws that can only be changed by member ratification.

As a reform candidate, I ask for your vote so that we can finish the job.

Larry Landaker
Candidate for PEC Director, District 6

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0 thoughts on “Letter to the Editor: PEC destiny in voter's hands

  1. Larry,

    Your comments show you have no idea what is happening at PEC. Bylaws that put control of open meeting, open records, and director elections in the hands of the membership (not the board) have already been approved by the board for institution once the senate bill dies. So, you are promising to do something that’s already been done.

    None of the candidates have sympathy for the old guard board members. They all support continued reform, clean energy, and sound fiscal management. The difference between the other candidates and you is that they are honest and informed.

    I understand the real estate business is hard these days, Larry, but that’s no excuse for attempts to profit off the ratepayers through misinformation. Do the right thing and drop out of the race.

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