Two seats on the SVEC board of directors will be filled at the annual business meeting on Thursday, August 13, at Stonewall Jackson High School in Quicksburg.
- 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.
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.
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. Voting will begin this summer. Mail-in balloting and online voting will then continue for several weeks leading up to the annual business meeting on Thursday, Aug. 13, at Stonewall Jackson High School in Quicksburg. In-person voting will be available at the meeting.
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