By Ann McCreary

Three positions on the Okanogan County Electric Cooperative (OCEC) board of directors are up for election this spring, and interested co-op members are encouraged to become candidates.

The current board members in those seats are seeking re-election. They are at-large representatives Ray Peterson and Dale Sekijima, and Ardis Bynum, representing District 2, which includes most of the town of Winthrop and the Chewuch River area. Candidates for the at-large seats run together, with the two candidates receiving the most votes elected to the seats. All co-op members vote for district and at-large positions.

The co-op has formed a nominating committee, as required by its by-laws, to ensure qualified candidates are on the ballot. March 7 is the deadline to submit names to the committee and be placed on the election ballot.

Ballots will be mailed to OCEC members on March 25, and the ballots will be counted on April 16, two days after the annual meeting.

People interested in running for a board position should contact David Gottula, OCEC general manager, at 996-2228.

The co-op has set its 75th annual meeting for April 14 at the Winthrop Barn, with registration opening at 6 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 7 p.m. The first 100 members to register for the meeting will receive an energy efficient LED light bulb, valued at $15.

Meeting topics include a 75-year history of OCEC, an update on the Dark Sky Initiative, an update on OCEC’s special capital credit distribution for members 80 years or older who request it, and an update on propane operations.

OCEC’s line crew will give a safety demonstration on the dangers of contacting overhead and underground electrical lines.