Incumbent board members Terry Alley, of Pagosa Springs, and Harry Goff have been re-elected by La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) member-owners to fill director seats for Districts 1 and 3, respectively. Votes were tallied during the 2010 annual meeting, held Saturday, May 8, at Fort Lewis College.
In District 1, incumbent Alley faced challenger J.B. Smith. Alley received 1,282 votes, with Smith garnering 295. District 1 covers Archuleta County, with nearly 7,400 eligible residential and commercial voters.
In District 3, incumbent Goff received 882 votes, with challenger Harold (Harry) Riegle receiving 620. District 3 is essentially the City of Durango and includes more than 7,100 eligible voters.
In accordance with LPEA’s bylaws, annually one seat in each of La Plata Electric’s four districts comes up for election. Elections in Districts 2 and 4 were officially cancelled by board action on April 21, as incumbent board members Tom Compton (District 2) and Pam Patton (District 4), had no challengers. Pursuant to Article III, Section 5 of the bylaws, Compton and Patton have been reappointed to their seats for the next three years.
Ballots were prepared in accordance with requirements of the La Plata County Clerk, and the county’s electronic voting equipment was used by an independent tally committee to count the ballots.
“We congratulate Terry Alley and Harry Goff on their re-elections,” said LPEA CEO Greg Munro, noting that during their tenures both have been active, involved and conscientious board members.
Alley is currently serving as president of the LPEA Board of Directors. A native of Pagosa Springs, Alley pursued a career in education, earning his bachelor’s degree from Fort Lewis College, master’s degree from Western State College and superintendent endorsement from the University of Colorado. He retired after 31 years with Archuleta County (School) District 50 Joint. During his tenure, he served as teacher, coach and school principal, though for his last 21 years with the district, he was superintendent of schools.
Alley has been involved in a variety of organizations over the years and currently sits on the board of directors for Archuleta Housing, Charles Hughes Foundation, Archuleta Scholarships in Escrow and Archuleta Housing for the Elderly. He is also lending his grant writing expertise to several non-profit organizations.
“As a company, LPEA exists to serve its members. Everyone has an economic interest and voice in LPEA’s future,” said Munro. “We thank those who cast their votes and took time to participate in the cooperative process.”