The North Western Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees is a group of seven member-owners who are elected by their fellow member-owners 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 member-owners are invited to vote for candidates from two or sometimes three districts. At the 2021 Annual Meeting candidates from the following two districts will be on the ballot:
District 1 comprised of Florence, Northwest and St. Joseph townships in Williams County
District 2 comprised of Hicksville and Milford townships in Defiance County and Carryall Township in Paulding County
All the member-owners in districts 1 and 2 will receive a letter inserted in their billing statement due on December 10th to alert them that the election process has begun. A copy of that letter will also be available online at that time.
The incumbents for both these districts will be eligible to remain candidates, if they wish, and will be automatically placed on the ballot.
The process for those member-owners 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 member-owners who were interested in being placed on the 2021 Official Ballot to do so in one of two ways:
- By submitting the official petition forms to the NWEC office by the deadline which will be announced in the notification letter. All petitions received by the deadline date will be verified and only those meeting the qualifications will be placed on the ballot for the 2021 election. 2021 Official Petition Packet
- Or, by being nominated from the floor during the annual meeting. 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 member-owners will be considered write-in candidates. If there are no qualifying petitions received for a particular district and no further nominations at the meeting then the incumbent shall be considered elected by affirmation and no election shall be deemed necessary for that particular district.
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.