Director Election Updates

Director Election Updates

2018 Board of Directors Elections Set for Districts 3, 6

Pohl, Oplinger Seek Re-Election To Co-op Board

Luke Pohl of Westphalia and Ed Oplinger of Weidman have announced they will seek re-election to HomeWorks Tri-County Electric's board of directors this year.

Pohl was elected to his first full term in May 2015. District 3 includes members in Clinton County, except for Bingham, Duplain and Greenbush townships.

Oplinger has served District 6, comprised of members in Clare and Isabella counties, since he was first elected in 2009. 

The nominating committee in each district consists of the district's officers (listed on this page), elected by members at the district meeting in May. Each committee is required by the co-op's bylaws to nominate at least one candidate on or before Feb. 5. Candidates may also be nominated with a petition signed by at least 25 members from within the district. Petitions must be turned in by Feb. 20.

Names of nominees will be posted at the cooperative's offices by Feb. 28.

Learn more about your Annual District Member Meetings here.

Interested in Seeking a Board Seat? (January 2018)

If you're interested in running for a HomeWorks board seat yourself, Article VII, Section 2 of the cooperative's bylaws states you must be an individual member of the cooperative in good standing, at least 21 years old, residing in the district which you are to represent, and a U.S. citizen.

To become or remain a director, the bylaws continue, the candidate must have the capacity to enter into legally binding contracts; comply with standards of conduct as laid out in the bylaws; and meet all reasonable conflict of interest qualifications found in Article VII, Section 3.

Also, within the 10 years immediately prior to becoming a director, a candidate shall not have been convicted of or pled guilty to a felony or misdemeanor crime involving issues of moral character.

If you meet these qualifications and would like to be nominated, contact your district nominating committee, listed on this page, or call HomeWorks Tri-County Electric at 517-647-1211 for a nominating petition.

Who Makes Up the District Nominating Committees?

District 3: Clinton County, except Bingham, Duplain and Greenbush townships

Mary Jo Straub, Chair
3800 Essex Center Road, Saint Johns, MI 48879
989-640-1504; email:

Floyd Messer (Fowler), Vice Chair
Helen Goodknecht (Fowler), Secretary

District 6: Clare and Isabella counties

Richard Donley, Chair
1037 Lincoln Drive, Lake Isabella, MI 48893
989-330-0284; Email:

Bob Thompson (Weidman), Vice Chair
Rose Nedry (Edmore), Secretary


For more information, please read these board policies:

Board Policy 102 - Functions of the Board of Directors

Board Policy 106 - Director Replacement (including Appendix A - Suggested Statement of Qualifications for a Director of HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative)

New Election Timeline

Nominating Committee submits candidate names to Co-op - Feb. 5

Candidate credentials reviewed, names posted at Co-op - Feb. 15

Nominations by petition (25 signatures) due at Co-op - Feb. 20

Final candidate list posted at Co-op - Feb. 28

Ballots mailed to members in election districts - April 15

Members may vote instead at district meeting - May

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