A pair of board seats for Pedernales Electric Cooperative will be voted on this year, and nominations for those seats open Jan. 15.
PEC, which serves Cedar Park, Leander, Jonestown, Lago Vista and portions of Northwest Austin, will elect board members for Districts 4 and 5 this year. Jim Powers currently serves as the director for District 4, having been elected in 2016. James Oakley serves as the director for District 5, and was first elected in 2013.
Beginning Jan. 15, members may access petition forms and information on PEC's website, by calling 888-554-4732 or by requesting materials at any PEC office. These materials include qualifications, instructions, an application, maps of PEC board districts, and forms for submitting background information and collecting member signatures.
New this year, applicants may access the nomination petition forms online, download them, and fill them out at their convenience. Once complete, signed original petition materials must be mailed or hand-delivered to the Board Recording Secretary at PEC Headquarters no later than 5 p.m. on March 26.
According to PEC, members seeking nomination for PEC director positions must maintain a primary residence and receive continuous electric service for at least one year in the PEC board district in which they seek election, obtain verifiable signatures from 50 members who live within the nominee’s board district or have designated a voting residence within that district, and return the completed petition materials to PEC headquarters by the March 26 deadline.
A qualifications review committee composed of members will verify nominees’ qualifications. After petition signatures and nominees’ qualifications are verified, PEC plans to announce the director candidates on April 15.