PEC ballot set; James Oakley draws three challengers

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Pedernales Electric Cooperative District 5 Director James Oakley and District 4 Director Jim Powers have both drawn challengers in the upcoming PEC board elections. Photos courtesy of PEC

Pedernales Electric Cooperative District 5 Director James Oakley and District 4 Director Jim Powers have both drawn challengers in the upcoming PEC board elections. Photos courtesy of PEC

Candidates for the Pedernales Elective Cooperative Board of Directors are set with the two incumbents drawing challengers.

The PEC board approved the ballot for the 2019 election during its April meeting. The election is for districts 4 and 5 directors.

Early voting is May 24-June 14 online, by mail, and at several PEC offices. PEC members can also vote in person during the cooperative’s annual meeting June 22 in Horseshoe Bay.

District 5 Director James Oakley drew three challengers: John A. Watson, Kenneth Reneau, and Lisa Ivie Miller.

The eastern portion of District 5 includes a portion of southern Burnet County, southeastern Llano County, a stretch of Travis County, which snakes along the Colorado River and Lake Travis, and the bulk of Blanco County. The western portion of District 5 includes Kimble County as well as swaths of Edwards, Sutton, Menard, and Kerr counties and part of Gillespie and Mason counties.

In the District 4 race, incumbent Jim Powers will face challengers Kathi Thomas and Joe Pool.

District 4 encompasses the northwest portion of Hays County as well as a strip on of southwestern Travis County with a small portion of Blanco County.

PEC members can learn more about the candidates during a forum at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at PEC headquarters, 201 S. Avenue F in Johnson City. Board candidate will have five minutes to present their platforms. They will also take questions from members in a moderated format. PEC will post links to videos from the event at pec.coop/election.

Along with early voting by mail or online, members can go to PEC offices in Johnson City, Dripping Springs, Marble Falls, Cedar Park, Junction, and Oak Hill to vote through June 14.

Only PEC members in the two districts on the ballot are eligible to vote in this election. Election results will be announced before the conclusion of the June 22 members meeting.

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