Flathead Electric Co-op announces election results

From Left: Jerry Bygren, Emery Smith, Terry Crooks, Doug Grob, Gary Boe, Jay Downen, Duane Braaten, Stacey Schnebel, Alan Ruby.

Meeting in regular session April 22, the Board of Trustees for Flathead Electric Co-op announced election results. Ballots were due to the independent election processing company Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS) by April 9, 2020. Flathead Electric received certification from SBS that a total of 6,973 ballots were received.

Three seats on the Flathead Electric Board of Trustees were up for election this year. Candidates had to be members of the Co-op and live in the district they sought election to represent. The certification stated that, facing no challengers, incumbents Duane Braaten, (District 6), Jerry Bygren (District 8), and Terry Crooks (District 9), held their seats, receiving 5,861, 5,553, and 5,464 votes respectively.

Voters also overwhelmingly passed an amendment to the Bylaws, with 6,110 voting in favor and 420 voting against. Passing this single bylaw amendment (Article XVIII) will save tens of thousands of dollars in members’ money now and in the future by allowing for the full text of amendments to be made available to members on the Co-op’s website, as opposed to being required to mail it to each member. By request, members will still be able to have the information mailed to them, they can choose to peruse it online, or they can simply read a summary of amendments on their ballot.

The Board and staff wish to extend a sincere thank you to those who voted and encourage members to continue to stay involved with the future success of Flathead Electric Cooperative.