Dakota Electric Association will hold its Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 4, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church social hall at 22120 Denmark Ave., Farmington (next to Dakota Electric’s office). The meeting begins at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m., and refreshments will be served before the meeting.

Dakota Electric members will have the opportunity to hear reports from officers and directors, ask questions and hear election results at the meeting.

Balloting materials will be mailed to members on March 19. Members can vote online using the e-signature included with their ballots, or by mailing the ballots in the postage-paid envelope to Survey and Ballot Systems. Ballots must be received no later than noon on April 4. New this year, members may use a mobile device to scan the QR code located with the balloting materials to be quickly logged in to vote.

Ballots should not be dropped off or mailed to Dakota Electric Association’s office. Also, if a person chooses to vote at the annual meeting, they must bring their ballot because no replacement ballots will be provided.
Following are the 11 candidates running for five seats on the board of directors:

District 1 (three-year term)

David Jones, Lakeville, incumbent

District 1 (one-year term)

Bruce Adams, Burnsville
Bill Benning, Lakeville
Bill Coughlin, Burnsville
John (Jack) DeYoe, Lakeville
Richard Simmering, Burnsville

District 2

Jim Sheldon, Apple Valley, incumbent

District 3

Bill Holton, Apple Valley, incumbent
Raymond Yarwood, Eagan

District 4

Paul Trapp, Hastings, incumbent
Buzz Anderson, Eagan

Download PDF of candidate bios. (1.6MB)

All directors are elected by membership vote to serve three-year terms on the 12-person board of directors, except one seat in district 1, which is for a one-year term to fill a vacated position. Also on the ballot are bylaw amendments that clarify language regarding online voting.