04/03/2017: "Meet The OPALCO Candidates"
OPALCO is a member-owned cooperative membership. OPALCO members will have a chance to vote for two open board positions in the election that opens on April 13th. There are three candidates for the two open positions in District 1 (San Juan, Brown, Henry, Pearl and Spieden islands): Vince Dauciunas, Mark Madsen and Bill Severson. All
Co-op members vote in all elections, regardless of their home district.
The three candidates participated in election forums on four islands during the week of March 28th, presenting their campaign platforms and answering questions from members in attendance. In addition, each candidate completed a written Q&A which will be posted online at www.opalco.com/elections. You can also find candidate bios, the Voter’s Guide and a video of the San Juan Island Candidate Forum posted online in OPALCO’s Resource Library (see link above).
Ballots and voting materials will be sent on April 13th to members via email or mail, depending on each member’s stated preference. All ballots must be returned online or by mail before the deadline of Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 10:30 am PDT. Please be aware that there will no longer be any voting on the boat during the annual meeting, in order to have more time for member activities and discussion. Any paper ballots must be mailed in time to meet the May 4th deadline and will not be accepted in OPALCO offices. Election results will be announced at the Annual Meeting.
OPALCO will celebrate its 80th Anniversary at the Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 6th aboard a Washington State Ferry. The travel schedule is available online in OPALCO’s Resource Library. Members traveling from San Juan Island must make a reservation by calling 376-3549.
Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPALCO) is our member-owned cooperative electric utility, serving more than 11,000 members on 20 islands in San Juan County. OPALCO provides electricity that is 95% greenhouse-gas free and is generated predominantly by hydroelectric plants. OPALCO was founded in 1937.