Four members run for the Chugach Board; ballots mailed April 13
Four Chugach Electric Association members are running for three seats on the utility’s board of directors in this spring’s election. Chugach is a private company organized as a member-owned cooperative, governed by a 7-member board elected by and from its membership.
Chastain ---- Cooper ---- Dougherty ---- Stafford
The candidates, in alphabetical order, are Bettina Chastain, Stanislava “Sisi” Cooper, Bruce Dougherty and Ron Stafford. Chastain is a self-employed executive and engineering consultant. Cooper is a project engineer with Doyon Anvil, elected to the board in 2012. Dougherty is a health program manager with the State of Alaska, recently appointed to the board. Stafford is a self-employed consultant.
A recent resignation from the board has created a special 1-year term in this year’s election. Accordingly, the two candidates who receive the most votes will be elected to 4-year terms, while the candidate with the third-highest votes will be elected to a 1-year term.
Chugach will host a “Meet the Candidates” event at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, April 16, at Chugach’s headquarters building, 5601 Electron Drive. All Chugach members are welcome to attend.
There is also one proposed bylaw amendment for members to vote on this year.
Amendment would assist in the transition to electronic voting as the primary means of voting in future Chugach elections by making edits to different sections of the bylaws.
The board set April 1, 2015, as the record date for voting in this year’s election and at the annual meeting. Voting packets were sent to the 68,995 Chugach members of record this week. Members have until noon on Monday, May 11 to return mail ballots or until noon on Thursday, May 14 to vote electronically via the Internet or over the telephone.
In-person voting will be allowed at the cooperative’s annual meeting May 14 at the Dena’ina Civic & Convention Center for members who haven’t yet cast a ballot. Registration opens at 6:00 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. Results of the election will be announced at the meeting.
Chugach is the largest electric utility in Alaska, providing power for Alaskans throughout the Railbelt through retail, wholesale and economy energy sales.