All candidates interested in running for a seat on the Board of Directors during 2020 are now required to disclose all monetary and in-kind contributions, valued at $20 or greater. A formal disclosure form is included with candidate materials and posted on LPEA’s website.
As of March 18, 2020, LPEA’s independent election supervisory committee has verified candidates for the cooperative’s 2020 Board of Directors election as follows. For more details on the candidates, including personal statements, view the candidate packet that will be mailed to all members along with their ballot. Please note that as the race in District 1 is uncontested, ballots and candidate packets will not be mailed to members to save costs.
District 1, Archuleta County:
Bob Lynch, current LPEA Board President, is running unopposed. Pending formal approval by the LPEA board, Lynch will be reappointed.
District 2, South and West La Plata County:
Two new candidates, Doug Fults and John Lee Jr., are vying to fill the seat to be vacated by retiring director Davin Montoya.
District 3, City of Durango:
Incumbent Rachel Landis is being challenged by new candidate Dave Nulton.
District 4, North and East La Plata County:
Incumbent Guinn Unger is being challenged by new candidate Sue McWilliams.
Election results will be confirmed at LPEA’s Annual Meeting, currently scheduled to take place on May 16, 2020 at Pagosa Springs High School. Given the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the meeting may need to be postponed. In this instance, the current directors will continue to serve until the Annual Meeting can be held to officially confirm the new directors. For the latest details on the Annual Meeting, visit https://lpea.coop/annual-meeting.
As per LPEA bylaws, one-third of the directors’ seats are up for election annually, one in each of LPEA’s four districts. Candidates are required to be members in good standing and permanent residents of the district they seek to represent and cannot work for a competing enterprise or supplier of the cooperative, plus not be employed or have a spouse or child employed by the cooperative in any position. A complete list of director qualifications can be reviewed in LPEA’s bylaws (https://lpea.coop/bylaws).
Complete Board Director Candidate Material Packet
Individual Board Director Candidate Materials (PDF files)
Submitted election petitions must contain at least 15 signatures from co-op members in a candidate’s district. A map of LPEA’s voting districts is available on the cooperative’s website (www.lpea.coop/company_info/board/district_map.html).
Directors are elected for three-year terms. Incumbent directors up for re-election in 2020 are Bob Lynch (District 1 – Archuleta County), Davin Montoya (District 2 – south and west La Plata County), Rachel Landis (District 3 – City of Durango), and Guinn Unger (District 4 – north and east La Plata County).