Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative holds elections each spring for co-op board directors. This year, board positions in co-op districts 7, 8 and 9 will be on the ballot. Members residing in those districts have an opportunity to get involved in co-op decision making by running for a seat on the board. Applications for the 2021 board election are now being accepted from co-op members in districts 7, 8 and 9. The deadline to apply is March 5.
District 7 includes Webb Lake, Scott, Jackson, Chicog, Casey and Rusk townships. The incumbent director is Jerry Okonek of Spooner.
District 8 includes Swiss, Oakland, Union, Meenon and Sand Lake townships. The incumbent director is Chuck Brookshaw of Webster.
District 9 includes Marshland, Lincoln, Grantsburg, Wood River, Daniels, Siren, Anderson and Trade Lake townships. The incumbent director is Tom Swenson of Webster.
As a cooperative, Polk-Burnett is owned by its members and governed by a board of directors elected from its membership. Board directors serve a three-year term and attend monthly meetings to guide policy and budget decisions for Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative.
All co-op members in districts 7, 8 and 9 will have the opportunity to cast their votes in the 2021 Polk-Burnett board election. Ballots will be mailed in early May and members can vote by mail or online. Election results will be announced at the co-op’s annual meeting June 11.
“Members of Polk-Burnett have the opportunity to make their voices heard and represent their neighbors by taking an active role in cooperative governance,” said Steve Stroshane, general manager. “Democratic member participation is one of the great advantages of a cooperative. I encourage you to consider participating in the co-op 2021 board election.”
Co-op members interested in running for a board position to represent district 7, 8 or 9 may contact the general manager’s office at Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative, 800-421-0283, ext. 313, for an application packet.