JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative is hosting a candidates forum for two board of director seats up for election this year. The meeting will be held 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24 at PEC Headquarters, 201 S. Ave. F in Johnson City.
The event will also include discussion of a ballot referendum on whether to switch to single-member district elections for board directors. Currently, the cooperative’s 8,100 square miles of territory is divided into seven districts but all of the cooperative’s 220,000-plus members can vote in every election, regardless of where they live.
PEC Election 2014 Forum
Two board directors, William D. Boggs of Leander and Kathryn Scanlon of Austin, are seeking new three-year terms. Voting begins May 22 and runs through the cooperative’s annual membership meeting, scheduled this year for Saturday, June 21 in Cedar Park.
Four potential challengers to Boggs and Scanlon must first pass muster with the cooperative’s board-appointed Qualifications Review Committee, which is charged with conducting criminal background checks on candidates and searching for potential financial conflicts of interest. The committee makes recommendations to the board of directors, which will announce the official candidate slate on April 21.
Pedernales Electric provides electricity to residents in 24 counties, including nearly all of Hays County except for a corner serviced by either the city-owned San Marcos Electric Utility or Bastrop-based Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative.
Video of the forum will be posted on the cooperative’s website.
Boggs, a former serviceman assigned to the Army Security Agency, was elected in 2011 to represent a portion of western Williamson County that lies within PEC’s District 2. After retiring from Corpus Christi Petrochemical Co. where he worked for 30 years as a process technician, Boggs moved to Leander in 2008 and is currently a real estate agent.
Emily Pataki, a Cedar Park resident who owns a small health foods and cosmetics business, has petitioned to run against Boggs. A past president of the Williamson County Republican Women group, Pataki has been endorsed by a slew of elected officials including State. Sen. Charles Schwertner, State Rep. Tony Dale, Williamson County Commissioner Cynthia Long and Cedar Park Mayor Matt Powell.
Scanlon, an Austin accountant who owns Scanlon & Scanlon CPAs with her husband, was elected to the PEC board of directors in 2008 and re-elected in 2011. She represents District 3, which straddles the Travis-Williamson county line and includes the affluent north shore of Lake Travis and a portion of Cedar Park.
Don Zimmerman, who owns an Austin information technology consulting firm, and two other candidates, Arnold LeVine and Judy Pokorny, have petitioned to run against Scanlon.
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