Ken Fox has been elected as a new director in LPEA District 1. Election results were announced at the LPEA Annual Meeting, held Saturday, May 14, at Sky Ute Casino and Resort.
Voters from all four of LPEA’s districts also overwhelmingly passed the four proposed bylaw amendments on the ballot, the majority of which were necessitated to put LPEA in compliance with new Colorado state statues.
“The re-election of the incumbent directors (Jeff Berman and Joe Wheeling, in two other districts), as well as the relatively low return of ballots is actually a vote of confidence for the cooperative,” said Greg Munro, LPEA CEO. “Because we are a cooperative we truly want our members to vote, but history has shown us that when our members are generally satisfied with the job we’re doing, our election returns are lower. That holds true in local, state and federal elections as well.”
Typically, according to Munro, LPEA receives an average 20-percent return during elections. This year, approximately 14 percent of member-consumers cast ballots.
In accordance with LPEA’s bylaws, annually one seat in each of LPEA’s four districts comes up for election. The 2011 director election in Districts 2 (west and south La Plata County) was officially cancelled by board action, as incumbent board member Davin Montoya had no challengers. Pursuant to Article III, Section 5 of the bylaws, Montoya has been reappointed to his seat for the next three years.
With the retirement of Director Harry Cole in District 1, LPEA members in Archuleta County selected Fox as their new representative. Of the 1,081 members who returned ballots, 615 members voted for Fox, with challengers Brad Carey and J.B. (James B.) Smith receiving 316 and 150 votes, respectively. District 1 contains approximately 7,500 eligible voters.
Ballots were prepared in accordance with requirements of the La Plata County Clerk, and the county’s electronic voting equipment was used by FredrickZink & Associates, the independent accounting firm retained to tally the votes.
Fox, currently an active member of the Archuleta County community, is retired from the U.S. Air Force where he held various command and staff positions throughout his career. A Pagosa Springs resident for more than 23 years, he has applied his experience and talents to agencies ranging from the Archuleta County Airport Authority and Archuleta Board of County Commissioners to the Area Agency on Aging and the Archuleta County District 50 JT School Board. He was co-owner and partner of K and K Aviation, Inc., and served as Archuleta County Airport manager. Raised in Tucson, Ariz., Fox earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Arizona and a Masters in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, in addition to his studies with Air Command and Staff College with the USAF.