Trustee Election Information

Board of Trustees

2021 Trustee Election

Three seats on Flathead Electric Co-op’s Board of Trustees are up for election in 2021. Trustee seats up for election are currently held by:

  • Charlotte Housel – District # 2 (Lower Valley, Somers, Lakeside, Creston, Rollins, and Cooke City)
  • Jay Downen – District # 3 (Whitefish, Big Mountain, Olney)
  • Alan Ruby – District # 5 (Kalispell, North of Highway 2)


Per Article VI, Section 3 of the FEC Bylawsany person shall be eligible to become or remain a Trustee who: 

  • Is a member of the Cooperative and is not otherwise disqualified; 
  • Maintains primary residence within the district which he or she represents; and 
  • Is a natural person. 

Review the FEC District Map>


Per Article VI, Section 4 of the FEC Bylaws, a member shall not qualify for the office of Trustee or shall become disqualified to serve as a Trustee if: 

  • The member has been an employee of the Cooperative for any length of time within the immediately preceding seven (7) years; 
  • The member or a member of his or her immediate family is, or becomes, an employee of the Cooperative; 
  • The member Trustee fails to attend three (3) monthly meetings of the Board in a calendar year without approval of the Board; 
  • A conflict of interest exists which includes but is not limited to situations in which the Board candidate or member: 
    • Is employed by, is an agent of, or is an immediate family member of an employee or agent of the Cooperative; 
    • Is employed by or materially affiliated with any other Trustee; 
    • Regularly and directly competes with the Cooperative or any entity that the Cooperative controls or in which the Cooperative owns a majority interest; 
    • Owns an interest greater than 10% or holds a management position in a business wherein more than ten percent (10%) of the goods or services sold are sold to the Cooperative or one of its subsidiaries, or combination thereof. 

Position Summary 

Interested parties should carefully review the following FEC Board Policies to ensure they can meet the expectations of serving as an FEC Trustee: 

FEC Board Policy “B” Duties and Responsibilities of the Board of Trustees

FEC Board Policy “C” Code of Ethics & Standards of Conduct 

FEC Trustees must be willing and able to give the time to prepare for and attend monthly and other meetings of the Board; state, regional and national association meetings; and Trustee training and education. The following sample calendar outlines the typical annual commitments of a Trustee. This list is not all inclusive, but intended to give an idea of the schedule: 

FEC Trustee Meetings & Events Calendar 

Each FEC Trustee is expected to attain their Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate (CCD) within 18 months of being elected. 

How to Run for Election

Nominating petitions are due at least 12 business days before the annual meeting, but the Co-op requests that petitions be submitted no later than February 15. Eligible candidates will be added to the ballot. 

Nominating Petition Requirements:

  • 25 signatures from Co-op members who also live in the candidate’s district
  • A high resolution photograph to be used on the ballot insert
  • Candidate’s biography (100 words or fewer) to be used on the ballot insert

To obtain a nominating petition, or with questions, contact Elizabeth Nelson at 751-4444 or by email.

Selection Process 

Candidates will have the opportunity to give a three-minute speech to the membership at the Annual Meeting on March 13. Ballots will go out March 11 for a mail-in election.