Meet the OPALCO Board Candidates March 9; Ballots hit the mail March 10
As a member-owned cooperative, OPALCO members elect the Board of Directors who are responsible for setting policies and rates, essentially guiding the course for our electric utility. The 2023 nominations process is complete and the slate of candidates is:
District 1 (one open position):
Vince Dauciunas - Incumbent
District 2 (one open position):
Rick Christmas – Incumbent,
OPALCO is hosting a Candidate Forum for members to hear from the candidates on March 9th at 5 pm. The virtual event will be moderated by Steve Bowman, of the League of Woman Voters, and members are encouraged to come with questions for the candidates. Register for the candidate forum online: www.opalco.com/events.
Ballots and voting materials will be sent to all co-op members on March 10th via regular mail and e-mail (if there is an email address on file). OPALCO is required to get a quorum of at least 10% of the membership and will be encouraging voter participation by sending paper ballots to every member. Our third-party election vendor, Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS), has measures in place to make sure each voter gets only one vote. All members vote for all open board positions every year regardless of where they live.
Candidate information is available on OPALCO’s elections hub: www.opalco.com/election
The election closes on April 26 @ 10:00am PT. Ballots must be submitted online or by mail to SBS; no ballots can be accepted at OPALCO offices. Election results will be announced at the virtual Annual Meeting via Zoom on Saturday, April 29th starting at 9 am and then posted online and published in local papers.
Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPALCO) is our member-owned cooperative electric utility, serving more than 11,400 members on 20 islands in San Juan County. OPALCO provides electricity that is 97% greenhouse-gas free and is generated predominantly by hydroelectric plants. OPALCO was founded in 1937. Follow OPALCO @OrcasPower on Facebook and Twitter.