Voters in Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s districts 1, 6, and 7 elected directors in this year’s annual election. The results were announced at the conclusion of the cooperative’s June 23 annual meeting.
District 1 elected Milton Rister to serve as its board director. Rister replaces former director Cristi Clement, who served District 1 for nine years. District 6 re-elected Paul Graf to continue representing them. Graf has served the cooperative for three years. District 7 re-elected incumbent Amy Lea SJ Akers to represent their cooperative interests. Akers has also served the cooperative for three years.
In addition to board elections, members celebrated PEC’s 80th anniversary, enjoyed family-friendly activities and received a cooperative update from CEO Julie Parsley and Board President Emily Pataki.
“Since I arrived at the cooperative six months ago, I have learned what the cooperative difference really means,” Parsley said. “The cooperative difference is shown at PEC in many different ways, but it’s primarily shown through our commitment to service and the fact we are guided by principles, not profit.”
Pataki, who also serves as district 2 director, addressed members, citing PEC’s rich 80-year-history and highlighting the cooperative’s values and dedication to members.
“No matter our size, we remain committed to our founding principles. We work hard to keep your rates low through comprehensive operations and cost control measures,” Pataki said. “We focus on the reliability of your electric distribution system, defend you from electrical hazards, scams and other dangers with active communications, system safeguards and education. We’re honored to volunteer in your neighborhoods and schools and give back to our communities through grants, scholarships and more.”
Board officers will be elected in August during the cooperative’s regularly scheduled board meeting.