Board of Directors Election Process Begins

November 26, 2018


You have a voice in the operation of your Cooperative

Umatilla Electric is a member-owned and locally controlled cooperative. The Board of Directors makes business and policy decisions for the membership and sets the direction of UEC. To ensure strong local leadership, members elect directors, on a rotating basis, from each of seven districts.

Director Terms Expiring in 2019

Lee Docken
District 1
(Boardman area)

Jeff Wenholz
District 2
(Irrigon Area)

Timeline of Election

> October 2018
UEC’s Board of Directors appoint nominating committees for the elections scheduled in April 2019.

> Jan. 1, 2019
Each nominating committee will recommend, no later than Jan. 1, candidates who are qualified to serve as a director for their district. (See details below.)

> Jan. 31, 2019
Nominations for a director’s position may be made by petition, if filed at the cooperative no later than Jan. 31, 2019. (See details below.)

> April 20, 2019
In late March, ballots will be mailed to district members who are qualified to vote. Ballots must be returned by the UEC Annual Meeting on April 20, 2019, to be counted.

Who Qualifies to Run for Office?

Any person who meets the following qualifications is eligible to serve as a Director of Umatilla Electric Cooperative. To qualify, applicants must:

  • Be a bona fide resident in Umatilla Electric’s service territory and reside in the district he or she wishes to represent. While either party of a jointly held membership may serve as a director, the position cannot be shared by two people at the same time.
  • Not be employed by, or financially interested in, a business selling energy or supplies to Umatilla Electric.
  • Not the incumbent of, or a candidate for, an elected public office with a paid salary.

Two Options to Qualify for the Ballot

Nominations by Committee

Each committee will recommend candidates who are qualified to serve as a director for their district. Call UEC at 541-564-4388 if you wish to be considered by the committees.
District 1
Doug Pope
Mike Slankard
[To Be Determined]

District 2
Don Eppenbaugh
Bob Byrd
Wes Wise

Nominations by Petition

Nominations for a director’s position may be made by petition if filed at the cooperative no later than Jan. 31, 2019. Petitions must include the candidate’s name, voting district and required 25 valid signatures. Call UEC at 541-564-4388 for further information and a blank petition form.

Questions?

If you have questions about the election process, please contact Katrina Ward at Umatilla Electric at 541-564-4388 for information.