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Board Election 2020

UPDATED 8/11/20

Results of board of director elections will be announced during the annual business meeting on Thursday, August 13. The meeting is a telephone town hall-style event. For more information, please click here.

This year’s director candidates are:

  • Running unopposed for one seat is Stephen Burkholder, an incumbent and Nominating Committee nominee
  • Running for the other seat are Vice Chair Suzanne Obenshain, an incumbent and Nominating Committee nominee, and Sally Newkirk, a petition candidate.

Please note that all co-op members may vote for the directors, even though the seats up for election this year are designated for members residing in Rockingham County.

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Voting Instructions

The 2020 SVEC election site opened on June 25, 2020. Members with an email address on file received an email with their unique log in information on June 25. Hardcopy voting materials with the same information appeared in member mailboxes the week of June 29. Voting closed on August 10, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. for online ballots and at the end of the day’s mail delivery to the receiving post office for mail-in ballots.

Members could vote by returning the hard copy election materials via mail, or online at using the unique log-in information found on the election materials.

Election Background

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 2020) due to 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 on June 25, 2020 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.

Ballots are mailing to all members the last week of June. Voting closes on August 10, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. for online ballots and at the end of the day’s mail delivery to the receiving post office for mail-in ballots. Any mail-in ballot not received by the end of postal business or online by 11:59 p.m. on August 10 will not be counted in the election.

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 50 SVEC account holders to the committee. In December, the board selected members for the 2020 nominating committee (listed below). It is the duty of this committee to recommend one candidate for each director seat up for election.

The incumbents this year from Rockingham are Burkholder and Obenshain. On Feb. 12, the nominating committee selected both to be on the ballot.

Petitions were due March 16. Newkirk submitted a petition and will be a candidate on the ballot, running for the seat currently occupied by Obenshain.

SVEC’s board members serve staggered four-year terms, meaning only a handful are up for re-election in a given year. In 2020, the two seats up for re-election both are in Rockingham County. While the people occupying the seats will reside in Rockingham 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 must be at least 21 years of age and 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.


2020 Nominating Committee

  • Eugene F. Bare, Jr., 18833 Runions Creek Road, Broadway, VA  22815
  • Dwight William Newman, 5240 Pleasant Valley Road Harrisonburg, VA  22801
  • Dewey L. Ritchie, 10191 Acorn Lane, Broadway, VA  22815
  • Michael W. Thompson, 10413 Phillips Store Road, Broadway, VA  22815