Four members run for Chugach board
Four Chugach Electric Association members are running for two seats on the cooperative's board of directors in this spring's election. Each seat is for a 3-year term.
The candidates are Uwe Kalenka, Elizabeth "Pat" Kennedy, Jim Nordlund and Steve Pratt. Nordlund is an incumbent. There are also three bylaw proposals for members to vote on this year.
Kalenka is a self-employed property manager who has been a Chugach member since 1970, and previously served on the board. He is an NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director and received the NRECA Board Leadership certificate.
Kennedy is a self-employed state-licensed private guardian and conservator who has been a Chugach member since 1980. She is also a former board member and an NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director.
Nordlund is a self-employed homebuilder and general contractor who has been a Chugach member since 2004. He is currently serving as vice chair of the Chugach board and is an NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director.
Pratt is an energy/economic consultant who has been a Chugach member since 1995.
There is a candidate meet and greet scheduled for 6 - 8 p.m., Thursday, March 19, at the Millennium Alaskan Hotel.
The board set March 18, 2009, as the record date for the 2009 election and annual meeting. Only members of record - or the designated voting representatives of non-natural members -- may vote by mail. In-person voting at the annual meeting is available for those members who have not cast a valid mail ballot. However, non-natural members, like businesses and organizations, have the opportunity to designate an authorized voter after the March 18 record date but by April 20. A special mailing explaining these procedures was sent to non-natural members in mid-February.
Mail-voting packets will be mailed to about 66,000 Chugach members of record the week of March 30. Members have until noon on Monday, April 27 to return mail ballots. Voting will also be allowed at the cooperative's annual meeting April 30 at the Egan Civic & Convention Center. Results of the election will be announced at the annual meeting.
Chugach is the largest electric utility in Alaska, providing power for Alaskans throughout the Railbelt through retail, wholesale and economy energy sales.