Chugach Electric members elected Stuart Parks and re-elected Harry Crawford to the utility’s Board of Directors. Election results were announced Thursday night at the electric cooperative’s annual meeting held at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center. Crawford, Parks, and Ron Stafford ran for the two open seats. Crawford will serve a three-year-term, and Parks will serve a four-year term.
Chugach shifted to electronic voting for 2017, and the voting total surpassed 2016 levels. Of Chugach’s 68,826 members of record, 7,436—or 10.8 percent—cast ballots in the 2017 election, a significant increase over the 6,329 valid ballots cast last year. A total of 224 members registered at the meeting, with total attendance estimated at approximately 450 people.
Following the meeting, the board met to elect officers to serve for the next year. Janet Reiser and Sisi Cooper were re-elected as board chair and treasurer, respectively; while Bettina Chastain was elected as vice-chair, and Jim Henderson as secretary.