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Grand Valley Power's members elect their board by mail-in ballots or in-person at the Annual Meeting held each fall. If three or fewer members seek election, then Grand Valley Power will forego the mail ballots and the election of the Directors will take place during the annual meeting. Grand Valley Power's board members, elected at-large, serve three-year, staggered terms.
Each Grand Valley Power member has the right to vote for up to three directors to be elected. Members have only one ballot per election, regardless of the number of accounts with Grand Valley Power. The account holder or spouse, but not both, is eligible to vote. All election and voting issues are overseen by an independent election supervisory committee.
Unlike governmental elections, not all registered voters in the household can vote in the Grand Valley Power elections. Members who are unclear of their membership or account status are urged to call Grand Valley Power's Member Services department at 970-242-0040 for verification.
Running for the Board of Directors
To be eligible to become or remain a director, a person must be a Grand Valley Power member and receive electric service from Grand Valley Power at the member's primary residence. A director cannot be engaged in a competing enterprise or in other businesses involving a conflict of interest. Grand Valley Power's bylaws provide in-depth information on director qualifications, terms, elections, meetings and officers.
Ballot Mailing Deadline
If a contested election is held, mail ballots will be delivered in July. Mail ballots should be deposited with the USPS so they are received prior to the close of business on Thursday, August 6, 2020. Ballots may also be deposited, prior to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2020, in the ballot box located in the lobby at GVP's office located at 845 22 Road, Grand Junction, Colorado 81505. Ballots received after the deadline will not be counted.
2020 GVP Board of Directors Election Results
Grand Valley Power, an electric cooperative serving over 18,000 members in Mesa County and surrounding areas, announced on Friday, August 7, 2020 that the members have elected three directors to the Board - Janie VanWinkle, Don McClaskey and Joe Burtard.
VanWinkle and McClaskey both ran as incumbents. They will be sworn in, along with Burtard, at the August 19, 2020 monthly board meeting. Each will serve a three-year term and join the six other sitting directors on the cooperative’s board.
The tabulation of ballots for the 2020 Board of Director’s election was conducted by the local CPA firm Chadwick, Steinkirchner, Davis & Co., P.C., under the supervision of the Grand Valley Power Election Supervisory Committee. The final vote count was:
- Janie VanWinkle 1,709 votes
- Don McClaskey 1,249 votes
- Joe Burtard 1,070 votes
- Robert Saunders 1,064 votes
- Tom Benton 820 votes
Mail ballots for the election were directed to a post office box maintained by Chadwick, Steinkirchner, Davis & Co. Cooperative members were also able to vote in-person by dropping off their ballot in a secure ballot box located at Grand Valley Power’s office.
News Release announcement: https://gvp.org/grand-valley-power-announces-2020-board-directors-election-results