Results of board of director elections will be announced during the annual business meeting on Thursday, August 12, 2021. Additional details about the meeting will be shared later this year and more information is below.
The one seat up for re-election in 2021 is from Augusta/Highland County. This year’s ballot will list two names running for the Augusta/Highland County seat. In January, the nominating committee selected the incumbent, Larry C. Howdyshell, to be on the ballot. M. Shaun Mooney submitted a petition to the nominating committee in March and will be running against the incumbent. For more information, please click here: 2021 Director Election and Candidate FAQ.
Ballots will be sent to all co-op members in late June. Voting, both through mail-in and online ballot, will open well before the meeting date and will continue for several weeks. Proxy forms, which basically serve as RSVPs to help the cooperative establish a quorum for the meeting, will be mailed to members at the same time as ballots, along with complete voting information.
Annual Business Meeting
SVEC’s annual business meeting will again be held by phone this year, as a precaution because of COVID-19. The telephone town hall-style event will be held on Thursday, August 12 beginning at 6 p.m.
Members can expect to receive updates from the cooperative’s leadership on the business and latest projects happening at SVEC. The results of the election for the board of directors will also be announced during the meeting.
Those who are interested in participating in the annual meeting will be asked to register through SVEC to be included on a call list the night of the event. The meeting was held by phone for the first time in 2020, for the 84th annual meeting. This new method was well-received, and the introduction of mail-in and online voting resulted in thousands more members voting in director elections compared to prior years. Previously, the only method to cast a ballot was to attend the in-person meeting.
We hope for the same level of enthusiasm and participation in this year’s meeting. Ever-popular door prize drawings, in the form of bill credits, will again be offered to those who return proxy forms.
One of the advantages of electric cooperative membership is local governance. Every member receiving service has a vote in director elections, and all directors who serve on the board are members, making decisions on your behalf. All voting this year will take place through each member’s choice of online ballot or postage-paid mail-in ballot (no in-person voting or proxy delivery for 2021) because of the cancellation of the in-person annual business meeting.
This change is due to precautions chosen by the board of directors to prevent spread of COVID-19 because we do not know what phase of health our region will be in by the time of the annual meeting. Voting will open in summer 2021 for online and mail-in ballots and proxies. Members may mail in proxies and ballots together in the same postage-paid envelope or enter both online.
To be a candidate on the ballot, a member must either be selected by SVEC’s nominating committee or submit a petition with the signatures of at least 50 SVEC account holders to the committee. In December, the board selected members for the 2021 nominating committee (listed below). It is the duty of this committee to recommend one candidate for each director seat up for election.
SVEC’s board members serve staggered four-year terms, meaning only a handful are up for re-election in a given year. While the person occupying the seat up for election in 2021 will reside in Augusta/Highland County, they will represent the entire co-op membership as a board member.
Qualifications of a Board Member
Potential candidates for the board must be members of SVEC and bona fide residents of its service area. The cooperative’s bylaws say that candidates may not, in any way, be employed by a competing enterprise or a business selling electric energy or supplies to the cooperative.
To read SVEC’s Director Candidate Recruitment Policy, please click here.
2021 Nominating Committee
Nick Collins, 850 Hotchkiss Road, Churchville, VA 24421
Josh Puffenbarger, 1056 Mt. Solon Road, Mt. Solon, VA 22843