2019 Trustee Election
Three Flathead Electric Cooperative Board of Trustee positions are up for election this year. Thank you in advance for participating in this important process. By doing so, you ensure that your Cooperative is working for you. Five names will be drawn from those voting to receive a $50 dinner certificate.
How to Vote
- Check your mail for your official ballot (mailed to all Flathead Electric Co-op members on March 15).
- Vote for only one trustee per district.
- Mark your selections by filling in the box next to the candidate of your choice. Detach ballot and place in the enclosed prepaid postage return envelope.
- Mail ballot to Survey & Ballot Systems, 7653 Anagram Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344. Please allow sufficient time for delivery.
- Do not deliver to the Flathead Electric offices.
- Ballots must be received on or before April 4, 2019 to be considered valid.
Replacement ballots can be requested before March 28 by calling Flathead Electric Cooperative offices at 406-751-1834.
Members had an opportunity to hear from each candidate during the Co-op’s Annual Meeting on March 16. For members who are not able to attend the meeting, a video of the candidate introductions is available on this page.
The candidates for each district are listed below:
Stacey Schnebel is a Credentialed Cooperative Director who lives in Coram with her family. She represents Flathead Electric Co-op members on the statewide Montana Electric Cooperatives Association board of directors, and she also represents the electric cooperatives of Montana in a governor-appointed position on the Upper Columbia Conservation Commission.
Through her leadership positions, Stacey has consistently demonstrated her commitment to delivering quality services for reasonable fees with increasing returns. For Flathead Electric, Stacey employs her business and organizational acumen to balance members’ energy needs today, with strategies for the future in the Flathead.
FEC Trustee since 2002, Doug is a third-generation Flathead Valley resident. Honors graduate of the University of Montana, Doug taught high school in Australia and spent several years abroad in New Zealand, Asia and Europe.
Current board president, Doug’s focus has been on BPA and power supply issues. His considerable experience includes serving on the Montana Electric Cooperative Association and as past President of the Western Montana G&T.
Doug serves on many boards (see fectrustee4.com) and as alternate on the Public Power Council Executive Committee in Portland, Oregon. Doug has received award recognition from his peers both statewide and regionally.
A third-generation Montanan, Wallace Sutton seeks to be your new, clear voice on the Co-op’s Board.
Currently serving on the Flathead 4-H Foundation Board, Wally served on several church boards and 12 years on the Roundup for Safety Board terming out as President. He helped facilitate over $2 million in grants to local non-profits.
Wally has worked for City Service/Valcon for 19 years and prior to that he was the Agronomy Manager for Equity Supply, a local farmer-owned Co-op.
I would appreciate your vote so your voice, concerns and opinions are represented on the Flathead Electric Cooperative Board. Thank you.
Gary has been a Flathead Electric Cooperative Trustee since 2016, serving as Secretary/Treasurer since 2017. His education includes an MBA from the University of Montana and REA’s Cooperative Director’s Gold Leadership Certification. Raised on a ranch near Big Timber, Montana, Gary’s extensive resume includes D. A. Davidson & Co., Director of Operations/Investments for Missoula County, President of Northwest Business Group and Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Navy (see fectrustee7.com). Gary advocates fiscal conservatism, low rates and keeping FEC on the cutting edge of technology. Gary’s education, financial experience and congenial manner serve FEC well. Please re-elect Gary Boe District 7.
Shawn Benware is the owner and operator of SDK Janitorial, a cleaning company he founded in 2007. In addition to cleaning, Shawn co-operates Absolute Sun Tanning with his wife Devonna. Being a native of Montana and raised in the Valley, Shawn began working at the young age of 10 years old. When not working, Shawn enjoys much of Montana’s beauty through hiking and fishing.
Shawn can be reached at: (406) 314-8816