One of the great benefits of our electric co-op is that we are led by our members.
From our Bylaws to our Board of Directors, how we power our communities is up to us!
Each April, we hold our annual membership election and our annual membership meeting. Members that would like to run for the open Board of Directors seats can apply in January, with the election in April. Members will receive their voting materials by mail and/or electronically at the end of March and early April.
This year’s full membership election saw an 11% voter turnout (up from 9% in the last at-large election). Among members who voted, 51% voted online using their SmartHub account while 48% voted by mail-in ballot, and 1% voted in-person at the Annual Meeting. The preliminary election results are shown below and the election results will be certified in a Special Meeting of the Board on May 9 at 3:00 p.m. at Palmer Headquarters.
Restated Bylaws - Shall MEA adopt the Restated MEA Bylaws?
Yes 90% (5,465votes)
No 10% (586 votes)
At-Large Director Seat
Christian Hartley 44% (2,647 votes)
Arthur Keyes 56% (3,435 votes)
Eagle River District Seat
Lee Cruise 6% (87 votes)
Mark Hamm (Incumbent) 53% (733 votes)
Paul Park 18% (247 votes)
Robert (Bob) Seitz 23% (322 votes)
Next year’s election will include two At-Large Directors seats. Candidate applications will be posted in December, and the election will be held in April 2023.
2022 Annual Membership Meeting
This year’s Annual Membership Meeting was held on Tuesday, April 26th, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. Nearly 500 members attended the annual meeting which was provided on Zoom or in-person at the Curtis D. Menard Center in Wasilla.
You can watch a recording of the 2022 Annual Meeting by clicking here.
MEA's seven member Election Committee currently has two seat vacancies. If you are interested in serving on the committee to help with our annual membership election process, please fill out and submit the committee application (.pdf)