Democratic Member Control is on full display during the first half of the year.
Between nominating meetings in February and petition deadlines in April, this is the time when members have the opportunity to place themselves, or other members, on the ballot for board elections, which take place in September. Cooperative Principle No. 2, Democratic Member Control, takes center stage during each of these events.
Cooperatives are not-for-profit businesses that exist to serve a need—in our case, the need for reliable, affordable energy in South Texas. We are owned—and governed—by every member that gets a bill from us each month. The strategic direction of the cooperative is set by the board of directors, whom members elect to represent their interests.
Each year, three seats on the board are open—one in each of the cooperative’s three voting districts. Nominations for those positions are taken during each of the nominating meetings, which were held last month at our offices in Hondo, Dilley and Rio Grande City. Members who are interested in serving on the board of directors and were not nominated during one of the meetings last month may still be placed on the ballot through the petition process.
The petition process is outlined on our website at MedinaEC.org/Nominee. To get started, visit that page and download the petition form for the voting district where you are qualified to run. Those forms can be found under the Paperwork Required for Nominations heading. Requirements are outlined on the document, but you’ll need to get 30 signatures from members in your voting district and submit it by the petition deadline for your area. You can also find director qualifications and other required documents at that link. Other documents that must be turned in along with your petition include the Qualifications to Serve as a Director, Background Check Authorization and Declaration Form.
If you have any questions on the process or the paperwork that needs to be competed and submitted, contact us at 1-866-MEC-ELEC (632-3532), extension 1008, or email us at MyCoop@MedinaEC.org and we can walk you through the process.
Members interested in serving on the board of directors can submit a petition to be placed on the ballot.
Voting District 1: April 6
Voting District 2: April 3
Voting District3: April 2
Find petition information at Medinaec.org/nominee.