STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY
LEANDER — Pedernales Electric Cooperative members re-elected an incumbent to a second term in District 2 and welcomed a newcomer to District 3 who defeated several challengers.
Emily Pataki will hold on to her seat in District 2, while Randy R. Klaus fended off three other candidates to win the District 3 spot.
Officials announced the results during the annual membership meeting June 17 in Leander.
“It’s an honor to serve my fellow member-owners for another term on the board,” Pataki said in a statement. “Low electric rates and excellent service continue to be my priorities, and I believe PEC is positioned to perform well in both areas in the years ahead.”
Pataki has served as board president for the past year.
For the first time, PEC members selected candidates using the single-member district method instead of at-large voting.
Approximately 6,200 people out of about 71,000 eligible voters cast ballots in the two races by mail, online, or in person.
In District 2, Pataki received 2,840 votes to challenger William D Boggs’ 570 votes.
District 2 primarily covers the Leander area in Williamson County as well as a portion of Cedar Park.
Klaus will replace former director Kathy Scanlon, who chose not to run again after serving on the board for nine years.
Candidates for District 3 were Klaus, Eric Stratton, Mathew S. Weldon, and Judy Lawler Pokorny.
Klaus garnered 952 votes; Stratton, 859; Pokorny, 648; and Weldon, 303.
District 3 includes a portion of Cedar Park east and west of U.S. 183 as well as the Lake Creek area.
Board officers are scheduled to be sworn in during the cooperative’s regular board meeting July 17 at PEC headquarters, 201 S. Ave. F in Johnson City.
Go to pec.coop for more information.