The Homer Electric Association board of directors is looking for someone to fill an open seat in District 1 (Kenai-Nikiski) left by Fred Braun's resignation last month. As of the 5 p.m. deadline on Friday, 10 applications for the position were turned in.
"The number one thing is that they're committed to the consumers of HEA ," said board president Dave Carey. "Personally, I am looking for someone who brings knowledge or constituency to the board that we do not now have."
Interested applicants have to be a current Homer Electric member, or customer, and must live within the boundaries of District 1. The person selected will serve until the next membership election May 4.
Carey said in his 15 years as a board member, this was the largest response he recalls.
"We had three times that we've filled vacancies on the board, and usually there are only three or four candidates," he said. "The applicants that I'm aware of are very strong."
The applicants are as follows:
n Carl Glick of Kenai has worked for the Chevron Refinery in Nikiski for 15 years and has been a HEA member for 31 years. He has served on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board, the Kenai Peninsula College Advisory Board and currently serves on the Kenai Planning and Zoning Commission.
n Richard Blake Johnson of Kenai is co-owner of Peninsula Advertising and the business agent for Laborers Local 341. He has 20 years of building construction experience and serves on the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council.
n David Larson of Kenai is a teacher at Kenai Central High School and served as head of the negotiation team for the Kenai Peninsula Education Association during recent contract negotiations.
n Curt Morris of Nikiski is the owner and operator of M&M Market in Nikiski and was a board member of the Copper Valley Electric Association from 1974 to 1977.
n Michael Nugent of Kenai recently retired as the plant manager of Agrium Kenai Nitrogen Operations in Nikiski. He has a background in mechanical engineering and management in the mining and oil and gas industry and has board experience with several Kenai organizations.
n Ronald Rainey of Kenai served on the Homer Electric board from 1995 to 2003, acting for one year as president and another two years as vice president. He has experience in utility management and was district manager and member services manager of Homer Electric from 1985 to 1991.
n Paul Shadura of Kenai is a commercial fisher and a 20-plus-year member of HEA. He currently is the president and acting executive director of the Kenai Penin-sula Fishing Association, and a board member of the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association, the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council and other commercial fishing organizations.
n Harold "Hal" Smalley of Kenai is a retired school teacher who taught for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District from 1976 to 1997. He served in the state House of Representatives from 1999 to 2001 and was a member of the Kenai City Council from 1989 to 1999.
n Preston Williams of Kenai is a retired lead electrical inspector for the state of Alaska and served on the Nikiski Fire Board for 23 years.
n Robert Wiseman of Kenai owns the Ammo Shop in Kenai.
The board will interview all candidates for the position Tuesday at 3:15 p.m. at the Kenai office. Interviews are open to Homer Electric members. The new member will be seated at the Oct. 14 board meeting.
For more information, contact Joe Gallagher at 283-2324.
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