Somewhere in the stack of bills and junk mail piled up with summer’s arrival is the ballot for Lower Valley Energy’s board of directors.
The deadline to submit ballots is 4 p.m. Thursday, which means they probably have to be mailed today or tomorrow or dropped off at Lower Valley’s Jackson office on Highway 89.
Two seats are up for grabs, with Denny Emory challenging incumbent Ted Ladd for one seat and three candidates, including incumbent Nancy Winters, vying for another. All cooperative members, i.e. anyone who receives a power bill, can vote for both seats.
Emory, who lives in Wilson, has advocated for a better pricing system for electricity, so that heavy residential users pay a higher service charge commensurate with their use. Average homeowners who use less power could see a reduction in the service charge, he said. The base charge for all residential users currently is $15 per month.
Anyone who submits a ballot will be entered in a drawing for five $100 prizes to be applied toward utility bills.
Update 6/29: Incumbents Ladd and Winters won re-election.