The Ontonagon County Rural Electrification Association is comprised of seven districts, with directors elected for three-year terms. This year the term will expire for the director representing District 4 – Aura. The incumbent for District 4 is Calvin Koski. There is also a seat open for District 7- Lake Linden. To comply with the cooperative bylaws, the seven districts were realigned in 2017 so that each will contain as nearly as possible the same number of members. In redistricting, some existing districts were combined and a new district, Lake Linden, was created. As such, there is no incumbent for District 7.
If you are interested in running for these open positions on the board of directors, you must call or stop by the co-op’s office to request a nominating petition. A petition must be returned to Ontonagon’s office by Monday, May 7. Due to a change in co-op bylaws enacted at the 2002 annual meeting, nominating petitions will no longer be sent to each member residing in these districts.
In order to be valid, a nominating petition requires the signature of five active members of the co-op that receive electric service in that district (husband and wife are considered one member so either may sign, but not both). The member who is being nominated must also sign the petition.
Ballots will be mailed to each member of the district 30 days before the annual meeting, which is scheduled for Saturday, June 16. All ballots must be returned to the co-op office no later than noon on Monday, June 11. Ballots will be counted, and results shared at the annual meeting.