HEA Members Forum supports candidates

Ballots for the Homer Electric Association Board of Directors election were mailed to HEA members on April 1. Please don’t throw yours in the trash. Decisions made by the HEA Board determine much more than our electric rates. The types and location of generation, transmission, and distribution projects approved have far reaching consequences for communities, local economies, and the environment.

It’s important that we all vote for people who will represent us effectively. Based on input from members in all election districts, the HEA Members Forum recommends candidates Dan Chay (HEA District 1), Mike Swan (HEA District 2), and Bill Fry (HEA District 3). The HEA Members Forum is an ad hoc group of Homer Electric Association members who support open governance of our rural power cooperative and informed member participation in setting policy and making decisions.

Dan Chay and Mike Swan have been actively involved in central peninsula communities for many years. Dan served three years as a Kenai Peninsula Borough Assemblyman. He was Director for United Fishermen’s Association and Concerned Area M Fishermen and has wide experience in mediation, dispute resolution, and as facilitator for board strategic planning sessions. Mike is a long time Land Surveyor and Well and Septic Inspector throughout peninsula communities. He has served on the Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District, Alaska Association of Conservation Districts, and the National Association of Conservation Districts. Both men will bring fresh eyes to the HEA Board and their experience gives them solid understanding of how co-ops should function.

Bill Fry is the only incumbent running to retain his seat. During his first full term as a Director Bill proved to be conscientious and willing to do his homework to obtain a sound understanding of issues before the Board. He has shown himself to be an independent thinker but seems willing to listen to others and consider what they say when discussing and voting on HEA matters.

We believe these candidates will be guided by the Seven Cooperative Principles which govern all rural electrical co-ops like HEA. Two of them are of particular importance to remember when you cast your vote.

Principle 2: “Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting polices and making decisions. The elected representatives are accountable to the membership.”

Principle 7: “While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their members.”

HEA Members Forum participants invite you to join us in voting for Dan Chay, Mike Swan, or Bill Fry.

Mail-in ballots must be received by HEA no later than April 30. If you miss that deadline you may also vote at the annual meeting at Kenai Central High on May 1.

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