Candidates have been nominated to run for expiring Board of Trustee positions at Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative, Inc. The Trustee positions are three-year terms that begin on January 1, 2015. Members will vote by mail ballot in December for the Trustee position open in their district.
District 1: Kenneth Becker (incumbent), Sylvan Grove; and Robert A. Fredrickson, Ellsworth
District 2: Bryan Boyles (incumbent), Burr Oak; and Paul R. Wilson, Burr Oak
District 3: Justin Trost (incumbent), Concordia
Rolling Hills Electric Board of Trustees approved the nominees at a special meeting on October 13, 2014. The Board of Trustees encourages members to become informed about the candidates and to exercise their right to vote. Trustee elections allow members to participate in the governance and have a voice in their Cooperative.
The nominees were selected by nominating committees that met October 13 at each of the three district offices in Ellsworth, Mankato, and Belleville. Each committee nominates at least one candidate to appear on the ballot for the expiring Trustee position. The Board would like to thank the nominating committee members for their service:
District 1: Gene Meitler, Lucas and Larry Hiitter, Lincoln
District 2: Mark Overmiller, Smith Center and Tim Wiles, Hunter
District 3: Arlan Benyshek, Cuba and Nick Hansen, Belleville
A Trustee candidate must meet eligibility requirements specified in the Cooperative Bylaws, which includes being a member of Rolling Hills Electric, residing in the District, and receiving electrical service at his/her primary residence from the Cooperative.
Trustee nominations for election may also be made by petition according to the Bylaws. Any member who wishes to file by petition must do so on or before December 1, 2014 at any Cooperative office. The petition must be signed by not less than five percent of the members of the district from which the member seeks to be elected.
All candidates for Trustee positions are posted in each district office and will be published in the December 2014 issue of the Kansas Country Living magazine.
Trustee election ballots will be mailed to members the week of December 8, 2014. Members may return ballots by mail in the return envelope provided or in person at any Rolling Hills office. Voting members must properly complete the information on the back of the return envelope to certify Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative membership. Envelopes with incomplete or missing certification will not be opened and enclosed ballots will not be counted. All ballots must be postmarked or received at the Cooperative offices on or before January 1, 2015. Ballots will be counted the week of January 5, 2015.