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Annual meeting and election May 14

Four Chugach members are running for three seats on the cooperative’s board of directors in this year’s election. Election results will be announced at the May 14 annual meeting.

Chugach is a utility organized as a member-owned cooperative. The organization is governed by a 7-member board elected by and from the membership. The candidates in the 2015 election are Bettina Chastain, Sisi Cooper, Bruce Dougherty and Ron Stafford.

Chastain is a self-employed executive and engineering consultant. Cooper is a project engineer with Doyon Anvil, elected to the board in 2012. Dougherty is a health program manager with the State of Alaska, recently appointed to the board. Stafford is a self-employed consultant.

A recent resignation from the board has created a special 1-year term in this year’s election. Accordingly, the two candidates who receive the most votes will be elected to 4-year terms, while the candidate with the third-highest votes will be elected to a 1-year term.

Members will also vote on one proposed bylaw amendment. It would assist the transition to electronic voting as the primary means of voting in future Chugach elections by making edits to different sections of the bylaws. The proposed change is supported by the bylaws committee, board of directors, and election committee. Chugach began offering members the opportunity to vote electronically in 2011. In 2014, 12.5 percent of the membership voted in the election, with 37.5 percent of the votes cast electronically via the Internet or phone.

The board set April 1 as the record date for voting in this year’s election. Members have five ways to vote: using the Internet, telephone, mail service, secure drop box, or in person at the Annual Meeting. Election materials will be sent via mail or email by April 14. Members have until noon on Monday, May 11 to return a ballot by mail, or until noon on Thursday, May 14 to vote electronically.

In-person voting will be allowed at the cooperative’s annual meeting May 14 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.