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Director Nominees Selected

Nominees will appear on ballot at Annual Membership Meeting September 12

Like other electric co-ops, South Plains Electric Cooperative is guided by an elected board of directors that represents its members when making important decisions. Being a member of the co-op’s board is an important and highly responsible position in the community, and directors volunteer considerable time and energy to the cause of powering our communities and empowering co-op members to improve the quality of their lives.

A director’s decisions affect issues such as service rates, rights-of-way and capital credits, as well as strategic, financial and work plans. The post requires savvy, selfless men and women who understand their community’s needs and work to represent the members’ best interests.

All electric co-op boards benefit from the experience and accumulated knowledge of incumbent directors, many of whom undergo substantial education on topics such as the electric industry, technology, governance, risk management, rate-setting and policy development. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association offers training for directors to achieve national benchmarks such as Credentialed Cooperative Director or Board Leadership certifications. Established directors provide continuity and a depth of knowledge for the Cooperative.

Nominees will be on the ballot presented at the Annual Membership Meeting on September 12 in Lubbock. Members will cast their ballots, and the candidate receiving the most votes will be declared the winner.

District 4 Nominee
Marvin Schoepf

District 6 Nominee
David Gossett

District 9 Nominee
Glenn Jones

District 11 Nominee
Larry Browning

District 4 Nominee

Marvin Schoepf, Lorenzo

Lorenzo High School graduate

Current occupation: Farmed 5,500 acres in western Crosby County for over 50 years but is now retired and has turned the reins over to his sons, Mark and Bryan, and their families.

His wife of 58 years is Loreeta. Their sons, Mark and Bryan, daughter, Janet Joiner, and grandsons, Matthew, John and Josh, are all members of South Plains Electric Cooperative.

Qualifications and Experience: Served 10 years as a committeeman with High Plains Underground Water District #1; 27 years past director with Pleasant Hill Co-op Gin; 24 years as director with South Plains Electric Cooperative; earned his National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Credentialed Cooperative Director certification; participates in additional training from the national and statewide associations; 10 years with Texas Pest Management representing Crosby and Floyd counties; six years as a committeeman with Crosby County USDA/ASC; member of First Baptist Church of Lorenzo.

District 6 Nominee

David Gossett, Slaton

Slaton High School graduate

Attended West Texas State University and Texas Tech University

Current occupation: Farmer/Ag Chemical Dealer

His wife is Kathy, and they have two grown children. He is a member of First Baptist Church–Slaton where he serves as a deacon.

Qualifications and Experience: “In serving as board chairman for two different boards previously, my philosophy is to hire good people and allow them to do their jobs without micro-managing. I have served on the Slaton ISD Board of Trustees for 15 years and served as board chairman for 12 years. I have also served on the Slaton Co-op Gin Board for more than 20 years and currently serve as board chairman. My experience on the Slaton ISD Board of Trustees and Slaton Co-op Gin Board has taught me to see the big picture and to make logical and rational decisions based on facts and not emotions. I presently live on the farm that has been in my family for more than 100 years.”