REA Board of Directors
REA Board Members
Gary (Andy) Anderson, Board Vice President
Parkers Prairie, MN
Barbara Johnson, Board President
Audrey Hjelle, Director
David Staples, Board Treasurer
Mike Loken, Board Secretary
Clif Patrick, Director
Matthew Mattson, Director
How to Run for the REA Board of Directors
Each year districts elect directors. Districts 1 & 4 hold elections in one year, Districts 2 & 5 the following year, and Districts 3, 6 & 7 the year after that. When the district in which your membership resides is having an election, you may seek nomination to be a director candidate at the District Meetings usually held in January or February. Nomination by petition is also available with fifteen or more signatures from members in your district within fifteen days after the District Meeting. Please see the Director Qualifications below.
Directors are elected by voters in their district. Ballots are mailed to each eligible member. They may be returned by mail, in person or members may vote at the Annual Meeting.
Districts 1 & 4: 2022
Districts 3, 6 & 7: 2023
Districts 2 & 5: 2024
From Runestone Electric Association Bylaws ARTICLE III Section 7. Qualifications.
No person shall be eligible to become or remain a director of the Cooperative who:
(a) is not a bona fide member of the Cooperative receiving electric service from the Cooperative in the district that the director represents or would represent if elected;
(b) is not a bona fide resident of the district from which he or she is elected or for which he or she is a candidate; (bona fide resident shall be defined as occupying and continuously and materially purchasing electric service at a location within any director district from which the director is elected or for which he or she is a candidate for at least nine (9) months each calendar year);
(c) is in any way employed by or substantially financially interested in an enterprise substantially competing with the Cooperative or any Cooperative-affiliated business;
(d) within five (5) years preceding a director candidate’s nomination was or during service on the Board of Directors is adjudged to be guilty of a felony;
(e) within five (5) years preceding a director candidate’s nomination was a full-time employee of the Cooperative;
(f) within five (5) years preceding a director candidate’s nomination was an employee of a statewide association of electric cooperatives, an electric generation and transmission cooperative, or any other entity in which an electric cooperative is a member.
(g) within five (5) years preceding a director candidate’s nomination or during his or her term if elected was or becomes employed by a labor union which represents, has represented, or has endeavored to represent any employee of the cooperative;
(h) is a close relative of an incumbent who is not up for reelection at that time;
(i) is a close relative of an employee of the Cooperative;
(j) is or becomes the full-time employee or agent or, who is or becomes the full-time employer or principal of, another director;
(k) does not have the capacity to enter legally binding contracts;
(l) is absent from three or more regular meetings (“Unexcused Absences”) of the Board of Directors during any consecutive twelve month period, unless excused for good cause (an “Excused Absence”) by the Board. If a director participates in more than one regular meeting during any consecutive twelve month period by electronic communication, that director shall be considered absent from that meeting for purposes of determining the number of the director’s Unexcused Absences, unless the attendance by electronic communication is approved for good cause by the Board.
A “close relative” as used in these Bylaws is a person who:
- is by blood, law, or marriage (including half, step, foster, and adoptive relations) a child, grandchild, parent, grandparent, or sibling); or
- is a spouse or resides in the same residence.
A member that is an authorized farm corporation or family farm corporation may select an individual member residing on or actively operating the farm to be eligible for election to the board.
How to Vote in Elections
A ballot marked “Ballot for Director District ________” containing the names of all the nominees with the names in alphabetical order, with the notice of the meeting to the members of districts in which a director is to be elected. The ballot shall not specify the manner of nomination of the nominee. The Secretary shall also mail with the notice of the meeting a statement of the number of directors to be elected. Such statement of the Secretary shall also inform the members of each district in which a director is to be elected, of the manner in which the members of that district may vote for a director. Any member of a district in which a director is to be elected, who is absent from any such meeting, may vote by mail for a director by marking the ballot opposite the name of a candidate and enclosing the ballot in a sealed envelope inside another envelope bearing the name of the member or otherwise indicating the member’s identity, addressed to the Cooperative or to a location designated by the Cooperative. When such ballot so enclosed is received by mail from any absent member, it shall be accepted and counted as a vote for the director by ballot for the district of such absent member at such meeting. In every election, the nominee from each district in which a vacancy exists, receiving the largest number of votes of members in that district shall be elected to the Board of Directors. In the case of a tie vote, the winner shall be determined by a flip of a coin.
Members may not nominate from the floor of an annual or special meeting of the members an individual to run for election as a director candidate.
Uncontested Elections. If for any director election there is only one nominee for a board position so that the nominee is running unopposed, ballots need not be provided by mail or electronically to the members in that district, and the election shall be made by the chairperson of the member meeting entertaining a motion to elect the single candidate by a voice vote, show of hands, or other appropriate means.
Any questions on voting or elections can be answered by a phone call to the REA office at 1-800-473-1722.