Co-op members have participated in four trustee district meetings this month for the purpose of selecting candidates for the co-op’s board of trustees in Districts 3, 5, 7 and 9.
At the District 9 meeting held at the Citra Community Center Thursday night, Karen Hastings of Citra received 46 votes and Sheldon Skolfield of DeLeon Springs received one vote. The District 9 meeting was a special election held for the purpose of selecting one or two candidates to replace the late trustee Angus Hastings. Both candidates will appear on the ballot at the Annual Meeting.
At the District 3 meeting on Jan. 13, incumbent trustee Susan Reeves was nominated as a candidate. On Jan. 15, John Henry Whitehead, incumbent trustee for District 7, was nominated as a candidate. Dewitt Hersey, incumbent trustee for District 5, was selected as a candidate on Jan. 20. All three candidates were unopposed.
Each year, three positions on the co-op’s nine-member board of trustees are up for election. Members within the respective districts select one or two members to be candidates for the board of trustees. These candidates are voted upon by all members who attend and register to vote at the Annual Meeting, which will be held Thursday, Mar. 26 in Keystone Heights.
For the first time, members who can’t attend the cooperative’s Annual Meeting can vote on the candidates via absentee ballot. Beginning Feb. 9, members can request an absentee ballot. More information about the absentee ballot process will be provided in the February Kilowatt newsletter.