SDCEA Board of Directors Election Results
Jeff Fiedler and Mark Boyle will serve 3-year terms as SDCEA board seat representatives for At Large and Rural Lake/Chaffee County, respectively. Blake Bennetts, the incumbent town of Buena Vista representative, was unopposed for re-election. The new and incumbent directors were seated at the June 28 board meeting.
Fiedler defeated incumbent Michael Robinson to represent At Large members, 1,664 to 977, votes. Boyle defeated incumbent Joe Redetzke to represent cooperative Rural Chaffee/ Lake County members, 1,761 to 890 votes. As he was unopposed, Bennetts did not appear on the ballot.
All 11,926 SDCEA members as of April 7 were eligible to vote in the election, which was held by mail-in or online balloting. In this year’s election, 22.53% of eligible voters cast ballots — 2,687 valid ballots were returned, 1,285 voters elected to vote online, 1,454 elected to mail their ballot.
Self-reported campaign expenditure disclosure forms are available on the website homepage under the Board Info tab.
SDCEA is an electric cooperative, a form of business owned and controlled by the people who use it members, who are consumer account holders. As it is not possible for members to directly make all cooperative decisions, SDCEA is governed by a board of directors, elected by the membership. Acting as a group, directors employ the cooperative’s Chief Executive Officer, establish operating policy, and direct the cooperative’s overall business operating goals.
7 board members govern SDCEA’s business operations and represent geographic areas in SDCEA’s service territory. Board member terms of 3 years are staggered to ensure continuity of governance. All cooperative members are eligible to vote in elections, regardless of the district in which they live.