Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative announced the results of its 2019 board election at the co-op’s 81st annual meeting June 7. Three incumbent directors were re-elected in Co-op Districts 4, 5 and 6.
Voter participation was 17.66%, with 997 ballots received (883 paper, 114 web) from 5,647 eligible members.
In Co-op District 4, incumbent Joe Metro of Balsam Lake was re-elected with 217 votes. He was opposed by Adam Majeske of Balsam Lake, who received 159 votes. District 4 includes the towns of Balsam Lake, Apple River, Beaver, Clayton and Almena.
In Co-op District 5, Jeff Traynor of Balsam Lake ran unopposed and was re-elected with 277 votes. District 5 includes the towns of McKinley, Maple Plain, Georgetown, Johnstown and Crystal Lake.
In Co-op District 6, Wilfred Owens of Frederic ran unopposed and was re-elected with 314 votes. District 6 includes the towns of LaFollette, Dewey, West Sweden, Lorain, Roosevelt, Luck, Clam Falls and Bone Lake.
Metro, Traynor and Owens will serve three-year terms on the co-op board, beginning with the June 24 regular board meeting. Directors meet monthly to make policy and budget decisions. They are elected by members and each represents a district in the co-op’s service territory. Overall, nine co-op directors serve on the Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative board.
Other Polk-Burnett board directors are: Cindy Thorman, Osceola, District 1; Mike Morris, Luck; District 2; Ed Gullickson, Amery, District 3; Jerry Okonek, Spooner, District 7; Chuck Brookshaw, Webster, District 8 and Tom Swenson, Webster, District 9.
Polk-Burnett is a not-for-profit, member-owned cooperative that provides reliable electricity with efficiency and extraordinary service to 20,000+ homes, farms and businesses across 2,000 square miles.