Ballots mailed April 13

FARMINGTON, Minn. (March 27, 2019) — Dakota Electric Association® has canceled its annual meeting scheduled to be held on April 30, but board elections will continue as usual with ballots to be mailed on April 13.

Members can vote online using the electronic passcode included with the ballot, or by mailing the ballot in the postage-paid envelope to Survey and Ballot Systems. Ballots must be received by April 30 to be counted. Ballots should not be dropped off or mailed to Dakota Electric Association’s office.

Following are the candidates running for four seats on the board of directors:

District 1
John (Jack) DeYoe, Lakeville, incumbent

District 2
Bill Middlecamp, Apple Valley

District 3
Margaret D. Schreiner, Eagan, incumbent
James (Jim) Wrobleski, Eagan

District 4
Paul Bakken, Eagan, incumbent
Paul Trapp, Hastings

View candidate bio information.

All directors are elected by membership vote to serve three-year terms on the 12-person board of directors. Also, on the ballot is a bylaw change that, if passed, allows the cooperative to provide a replacement ballot for those who may have lost or never received the original ballot. The Bylaws do not currently allow for a replacement ballot.

This year, ballots will not be able to be brought to the annual meeting since the annual meeting has been canceled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

“As a member-owned cooperative,” Board Chair Jerry Pittman said, “in the past we have chosen to hold an annual meeting as a way to communicate with our members about the operation of the cooperative. Our bylaws do not stipulate that a meeting must be held each year, so given the current situation, we are able to cancel the meeting and still follow our bylaws.”

“The cooperative will make annual meeting reports available online so that members still have access to the information,” he added. “Members should watch the cooperative’s website and social media channels to access the reports.”