SDCEA Director Candidates Q&A

In 2023, three SDCEA board seats are up for election. Candidate question and answer surveys follow. Please also check our website for more information on scheduled candidate forums to be held in Buena Vista May 16; 5:30-7 p.m. May 4 at Howard Hall in Howard; and 5:30-7 p.m. at the Wet Mountain Valley Saddle Club in Custer County May 8.

  • One board seat from Rural Chaffee/Lake County is contested. Incumbent Joe Redetzke is running for the seat, challenged by Mark Boyle.
  • The At-Large seat held by Michael Robinson is also contested. He is being challenged for election by Jeff Fiedler.
  • Incumbent Blake Bennetts, town of Buena Vista representative, is running unopposed.

Starting May 1, ballots will be mailed out to all members of the cooperative with instructions on how to cast a ballot online or by mailing their vote in. Members and voting delegates with current email addresses on file with the cooperative will also receive an email with voting instructions. All ballots must be received by election company Survey & Ballot Systems, or cast online by 1 p.m., June 8 to ensure they are counted.

SDCEA will sponsor board of director candidate forums from 5:30 – 7 p.m. May 4 in Howard at Howard Hall; May 8 in Westcliffe at the Wet Mountain Saddle Club; and May 16 in Buena Vista at the SDCEA Community Room in conjunction with the League of Women Voters organization. All candidates have been invited by SDCEA to attend these events. 

The election will be completed on June 12; therefore, no voting activities will take place at the annual meeting.



Rural Lake/Chaffee

Choose one.

SDCEA Candidate Questionnaire – Joe Redetzke

SDCEA Candidate Questionnaire – Mark Boyle


Choose one.

SDCEA Candidate Questionnaire – Michael Robinson

SDCEA Candidate Questionnaire – Jeff Fiedler

Town of Buena Vista

SDCEA Candidate Questionnaire – Blake Bennetts (unopposed)