Director Election Updates
HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative
2020 Board of Director Elections
Members in district 2 and 4 will be mailed ballots included in the April issue of Michigan Country Lines magazine. Those ballots must be postmarked by April 30. Members attending the district meeting shall be issued a ballot if they have not voted by mail. Election results will be announced as soon as possible after the district meeting.
Stebbins, Hansen Seek Re-Election To Co-op Board
Jim Stebbins (District 2) and Kimber Hansen (District 4) have announced they will seek re-election to HomeWorks Tri-County Electric's board of directors this year.
Stebbins was first elected in 2017 and Hansen was first elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2017. District 2 includes members in Barry and Ionia counties. District 5 includes members in Montcalm county, except for Bloomer, Crystal and Evergreen townships (which are part of District 5).
The nominating committee in each district consists of the district's officers (listed on this page), elected by members at the district meeting held in the previous 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.
Interested in Seeking a Board Seat?
If you're interested in running for a HomeWorks board seat yourself, Article VII, Section 2 of the cooperative's bylaws (available at homeworks.org) 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 517-647-1272 for a nominating petition.
- 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 in Michigan Country Lines magazine to members in election districts - April 15
- Members may vote instead at district meeting – May (dates to be announced)
Who Makes Up the District Nominating Committees?
District 2: Barry and Ionia counties
William Nichols, Chair
12543 Turner Rd., Portland, MI 48875
517-526-2392; email: email@example.com
Wilma Bailey (Lake Odessa), Vice Chair
Kristine Ceasar (Portland), Secretary
District 4: Montcalm County (except Bloomer, Crystal, and Evergreen townships)
Lisa Johnson, Chair
12423 Cutler Rd., Lakeview MI 48850
231-298-8083; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Glenn Kebler (Six Lakes), Vice Chair
Elain Rossman (Lakeview), Secretary
Additional Helpful Information:
Here are two board policies, and the appendix to a third, which contain helpful information for anyone interested in becoming a board member.
Board Policy 106 Appendix - Suggested Statement of Qualifications
2018 was the first year to include mail balloting, with the ballot mailed as part of the April issue of Michigan Country Lines magazine, as well as voting in person at the district meetings. The number of members participating in the election increased significantly over 2015, when both seats were also uncontested: