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For immediate release
April 3, 2009
For more information, contact
Patti Bogan, 762-4736

Chugach annual meeting April 30

Chugach Electric Association's annual membership meeting and election will be held the evening of April 30 at the Egan Civic & Convention Center. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. Chugach is a member-owned cooperative electric utility, governed by a board of directors elected by and from the membership.

Four Chugach Electric Association members are running for two seats on the cooperative's board of directors in this year'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.

Ballot packets were mailed to the 66,034 members of record March 30.

Members have until noon, April 27, to return mail ballots to the election post office box. Members may vote in-person at the meeting if they have not returned a valid mail ballot.

Election results will be announced at the annual meeting. For more information, call Chugach's Public Relations department at 762-4736.

Chugach is the largest electric utility in Alaska, providing power for Alaskans throughout the Railbelt through retail, wholesale and economy energy sales.

Uwe Kalenka

Pat Kennedy

Jim Nordlund

Steve Pratt