The Board of Directors of Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) has made changes to the bylaws governing the process for nominating candidates for election to the Board.
Directors are elected each year at the annual meeting and serve four-year terms. The 2019 meeting is Thursday, June 13, at the James Madison University Convocation Center.
SVEC directors come from jurisdictions throughout the service territory; however, they represent the entire co-op membership as a Board member.
Previous Nominating Method
Until the changes were approved, the process started with a nominating committee – appointed by the Board – that selected two people to run for each director seat up for election. One of the two could be a director seeking re-election.
For anyone who wished to run for the Board, but who was not selected by the nominating committee, he or she was required to submit a petition with 250 signatures at least 20 days before that year’s annual meeting.
What are the changes?
- Contested elections – at least two candidates vying for one seat – are no longer required.
- The nominating committee will nominate a single candidate for each open seat, whether it’s the incumbent or another member.
- The number of signatures for petitions decreases from 250 to 50, for people who are not selected by the nominating committee. Petitions are still due 20 days before annual meeting (May 17 for 2019), or by April 8 to ensure the candidate’s name appears in all publications.
Why make the changes?
- By making the petition nomination route easier (the result of lowering the supporting members required from 250 to 50, an 80% reduction), any member-owner who seriously desires to be a candidate should be able to gain ballot access.
- However, obtaining 50 account holder signatures is not an easy task and would presumably be enough to prevent a member with little support from placing his/her name on the ballot.
- The Cooperative’s current 250-signature requirement for a candidate to submit his/her name by nominating petition was sometimes viewed by our peers as excessive.
- With the change to stop mandatory contested elections, comes an easier path for a member to have his/her name on the ballot.
Who is up for re-election in 2019?
1 – Clarke/Frederick counties/city of Winchester (William A. Orndoff)
1 – Shenandoah/Warren counties (no incumbent)
1 – Page/Shenandoah/Warren counties (David E. Ferguson)
1 – City of Winchester (Robbie F. Marchant)
How to Obtain a Petition to Run for Board of Directors
If a member-owner wishes to submit a petition and appear in all annual meeting publications, information is available from Dale Davenport at (540)-433-2444 and due April 8 by sending it back to Davenport at:
Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative, c/o Dale Davenport, P.O. Box 236, Mount Crawford, VA 22841
To guarantee that your name appears in all co-op printed materials, the petition deadline is April 8. The absolute latest deadline is May 17, but please know you may appear in all publications leading up to annual meeting, including Cooperative Living magazine and the official newsletter.
Anyone interested in running for the Board can also get more information from the following people:
Members from Frederick/Clarke Counties
Ruth Boden, 3026 Woodside Road, Clear Brook, VA 22624
Tammara Canfield, 161 Forgotten Lane, Clear Brook, VA 22624
Members from Page County
Judy Bell, 387 Leaksville Road, Luray, VA 22835
William Fisher, 9 S Hawksbill Street, Luray, VA 22835
Members from City of Winchester
David A. Chandler, 1061 Breckinridge Lane, Winchester, VA 22601
Laura J. Stokes, 511 S. Stewart Street, Winchester, VA 22601
Members from Shenandoah County
Chris Boies, PO. Box 542, Strasburg, VA 22657
James W. Winkfield, Jr., 494 Varghese Drive, Strasburg, VA 22657