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Sam Houston EC Members to Elect Board of Directors

Elections are here! Ballots for the Sam Houston Electric Cooperative Board of Directors election have been distributed by mail to Sam Houston EC member-­‐owners. All voting will be done by mail. Your ballot must be received no later than 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 12, 2012.

Members who return their ballot by the early bird deadline of Nov. 6, 2012, will be eligible for a grand prize drawing that will take place at the Co-­‐op’s Annual Meeting of Members on Nov. 13, 2012. Prizes include an American Sportworks Trail Wagon, an HD television, an Apple iPad and electric bill credits.

The Annual Meeting will once again take place at the Alabama-­‐Coushatta Tribe Multipurpose Facility located at 571 State Park Road 56 (off Highway 190 halfway between Livingston and Woodville). Shuttles will be available from the parking lot to the facility.

To elect the Board of Directors, a quorum of at least 10 percent of the membership is required. So, get your vote in! To ensure equal representation of more than 52,000 Sam Houston EC members living in 10 counties, the Cooperative’s service territory is divided into five districts. Collectively, there are 11 Board members, each living in the district that they serve.

The Cooperative Elections Committee met on Aug. 7, 2012, to review all potential candidates. Two incumbents were placed on the ballot for this election. The Committee did not receive any petitions for election from the membership. District 1, serving Angelina, Polk and Trinity Counties, has two Directors up for re-­‐election. Candidates recommended by the Elections Committee are Don Boyett to fill Place One and Lynn Hendrix to fill Place Two.

“As a member-­‐owner, you are an important part of the decision-­‐making and policy setting at the Co-­‐op,” Sam Houston EC Manager and CEO Kyle J. Kuntz wrote in a letter published with the ballot materials sent to members. “That means you have the right to vote annually for your Board of Directors.”

Sam Houston EC members are encouraged to mark their calendars for the Annual Meeting of Members taking place on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. and the meeting will commence at 2:30 p.m. Snacks and entertainment will be provided. Door prizes including, home electronics, power tools, electric bill credits, and gift cards from area retailers will be given away. Cooperative managers will also report on Co-­‐op business, including the announcement of the Board of Director election results.

Sam Houston EC received its charter May 16, 1939, and has been providing electricity to East Texas ever since. The Cooperative was founded by a handful of farmers and rural residents who dreamed of bringing “power to the people.” In the early 1940s, there were just over 600 Co-­‐op members. Today, Sam Houston EC serves 52,000 members and 68,000 meters across parts of 10 counties.