STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY
JOHNSON CITY — In a bid to unseat a longtime incumbent, Burnet County resident Donna Holland Wilcox announced she will run for the Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors District 1 seat.
District 1 for the Johnson City-based utility cooperative includes much of Burnet County and portions of Lampasas, Williamson, and Travis counties.
Incumbent Cristi Clement, who has served on the board since 2009, said she is seeking re-election and begun the filing process.
PEC board members serve three-year terms.
PEC members in District 1 will select a director under the new single-member district system for the first time for that district. The election is the second one since the voting parameters were changed from at-large voting.
Holland Wilcox touted her experience and fiscal priorities as cornerstones of her qualifications for the position.
“I will bring another fiscally conservative voice to the organization and represent all members who expect our co-op to prioritize providing reliable electricity at the lowest cost possible,” Holland Wilcox said in a statement.
Wilcox’s biography stated that she has 25 years’ experience in business development, marketing, and management in the private and public sectors, including participation in real estate projects with Live Oak Lodging and Reveille Peak Ranch.
She currently serves as the director of development for Faith Academy of Marble Falls, where she leads fundraising, public relations, and marketing strategies for the private Christian school.
Her past experience includes serving as the chief operating officer of the World Congress on Information Technology and producing the “IT Olympics,” which were held in Austin in conjunction with then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s office.
Holland Wilcox founded Holland Rich Marketing and Event Strategy that specializes in the start-up of technology companies.
Other national and international experienced she listed in her biography are the Global Commercialization Group at the IC2 Institute at University of Texas at Austin, the Texas Economic Development Corp., and the Economic Development Division of the Austin Chamber of Commerce.
Since 2014, she has served as the Burnet County Republican Party chairperson.
Her past experience on advisory boards and councils includes 360 Summit Inc., the UT Center for European Studies Advisory Committee, International Business Institute of Austin Community College Advisory Board, and Junior Achievement of Central Texas Board of Directors.
Wilcox lives near Marble Falls on a working ranch with her husband, Brad, and their daughter, Christian.
PEC voting for districts 1, 6 and 7, begins in May and ends in June with the cooperative’s annual meeting.
Nomination materials are available for the 2018 PEC election at pec.coop.