The North Western Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees is a group of seven members who are elected by their fellow members to serve three-year terms. Their duty is setting policies and making decisions for the continuation of the cooperative and as an elected representative that are accountable to the membership.
At the annual meeting held in March or April (with preference given to April), the members are invited to vote for candidates from two or sometimes three districts. At the 2020 Annual Meeting candidates from the following three districts will be on the ballot:
- District 4 comprised of Brady, Center, Jefferson and Pulaski townships in Williams County
- District 5 comprised of Farmer and Mark townships in Defiance County and Crane Township in Paulding County
- District 6 comprised of Springfield Township in Williams County, Ridgeville Township in Henry County and Adams and Tiffin townships in Defiance County
All the members in districts 4, 5 and 6 received a letter inserted in their billing statement due on December 10th to alert them that that the election process has begun. A copy of that letter can be viewed HERE.
The incumbent in District 4, Dean Harrington, is obligated to vacate his seat due to term limits, therefore there will be an open seat without an incumbent trustee. The incumbents in Districts 5 and 6, Charles (Tom) Case and Jordan Ruffer respectfully, have chosen to remain candidates and will automatically be placed on the ballot.
The process for those members who are not currently serving on the Board to become a candidate for the North Western Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees is described in ARTICLE IV, Section 4 of the North Western Electric Cooperative Code of Regulations. It requires eligible members who were interested in being placed on the 2020 Official Ballot to do so in one of two ways:
- By submitting the official petition forms to the NWEC office by 4 PM ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2020.
- All petitions received received by this date will be verified and only those meeting the qualifications will be placed on the ballot for the 2020 election.
- Or, by being nominated from the floor during the annual meeting to be held on April 18, 2020 at Edon Northwest School in Edon, OH. The Chairman of the Board (or his designee) will call for additional nominations from the floor during the meeting and if there are nominations, those members will be considered write-in candidates. For Districts 5 and 6, if there are no qualifying petitions received and no further nominations at the meeting then the incumbents shall be considered elected by affirmation and no election shall be deemed necessary for those particular districts.
If you are an eligible candidate and can commit the time and energy, then please consider this opportunity to become part of your cooperative's governing body.
If you have any questions regarding the election process, please contact our office.