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Annual Meeting and election May 22    

Four Chugach members are running for three seats on the utility’s board of directors in this year’s election. Election results will be announced at the May 22 annual meeting.

Chugach is organized as a member-owned cooperative. The organization is governed by a 7-member board elected by and from the membership. In 2013, nearly 13 percent of the more than 68,000 members voted in the election.

The candidates in the 2014 election are Harry Crawford, James Henderson, Jeffrey Landfield and Janet Reiser. Crawford, Henderson and Reiser are incumbents on the board, while Landfield served on the 2014 Bylaws Committee.

Crawford is a former Alaska State Legislator, retired iron worker and a small-real estate developer. Henderson is a principal with New American Financial Group in the financial services industry. Landfield is an account executive at Network Business Systems. Reiser is the Director of Business and Resource Development for The Aleut Corporation.

In 2013, following a change in the state statute on electric and telephone cooperatives, Chugach members approved a bylaw changing director terms from 3 years to 4 years. The 2014 election provides a transition to those new terms. The two candidates who receive the most votes will be elected to 4-year terms, while the third-highest vote getter will be elected to a 3-year term.

Members will also vote on a pair of bylaw amendments. One would add more time for candidates to submit election materials and the other calls for notice in the annual election pamphlet when director compensation changes.

The board set April 3 as the record date for voting in this year’s election and at the annual meeting. Ballot packets will be sent to members of record on April 22. Members will also be able to vote via the Internet, and -- for the first time – by using the keypad on their phone. Members have until noon on Monday, May 19 to return a ballot by mail, or until noon on Thursday, May 22 to vote electronically.

In-person voting will be allowed at the cooperative’s annual meeting May 22 at the Dena’ina Civic & Convention Center for members who haven’t yet cast a ballot. Registration opens at 6:00 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.