2023 United Electric board elections will be held for Districts 3 and 6. United Electric Cooperative members residing in Districts 3 and 6 will be eligible to vote in the 2023 director elections. The 2023 United Electric director elections will be held in May. Members residing in Districts 3 and 6 are eligible to run for the board (see District 3 and 6 by county and township listed below). A mail-in ballot will be sent to every member in Districts 3 and 6. Mail-in ballots provide everyone in these districts the opportunity to vote, including those who do not, or cannot, attend the annual meeting. United Electric’s 2023 Annual Meeting will be held Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at the Brady Township Community Center in Luthersburg. More information about the 2023 election will be in future issues of Penn Lines. Members residing in Districts 3 and 6 who are interested in running for the United Electric Board of Directors should read the following bylaws carefully:


SECTION 2. Districts

DISTRICT NO. 3. Clearfield County — Pine, Sandy and Union Townships; Jefferson County — Polk and Snyder Townships.

DISTRICT NO. 6. Indiana County — Canoe and West Mahoning Townships; Jefferson County — Beaver, Clover, Knox, McCalmont, Oliver, Perry, Porter, Ringgold, Rose, Union and Young Townships.

SECTION 3. Qualifications

No person shall be eligible to become or remain a Director of the Cooperative who is not a member in good standing of, and receiving electric service as required in Section 2 hereof from the Cooperative at such member’s primary residential abode for a minimum period of one continuous year immediately preceding his/her election within the particular district which such member is to represent. No person shall be eligible to become or remain a Director of, or to hold any other position of trust in, the Cooperative who:(a) is in any way employed by or financially interested in a competing enterprise; including, but not limited to, the sale and distribution of electric power;(b) is engaged in regularly selling, at wholesale or retail, goods, equipment, or material that is used in and about the business of the Cooperative;(c) is unwilling to become acquainted with the business and working of the Cooperative;(d) does not complete half (50%) of the required NRECA Director Certification Training within three (3) years of election or appointment, and complete NRECA Director Certification at the conclusion of the Director’s second term in office;(e) shall miss three (3) consecutive regular meetings of the Board without just cause and excuse filed with the Secretary and approved by the Board;(f) is not willing and able to attend all regular and special meetings of the Board, unless prevented by unavoidable circumstances;(g) is in any way employed (or is the spouse of an employee) by the Cooperative or has been an employee (or is the spouse of a former employee) of any electric cooperative or association;(h) has been convicted of a felony within the last five (5) years;(i) is the parent, husband, wife, son, daughter, brother or sister of a person regularly employed by the Cooperative, whether by the whole or half blood or by adoption;(j) has been removed as a Director of this Cooperative by vote of the Members or the Board. ‘Ineligibility’ under this subsection may be waived by the Board, at the Board’s sole discretion, if the Director was removed by the Board. Upon establishment of the fact that a nominee for Director lacks eligibility under this Section or as may be provided elsewhere in these bylaws, it shall be the duty of the Judge of Elections, as hereinafter provided, to disqualify such nominee. Upon the establishment of the fact that any person being considered for, or already holding a position of trust in the Cooperative lacks eligibility under this Section, it shall be the duty of the Board to withhold such position from such person, or to cause such person to be removed therefrom, whichever be the case. Upon establishment of the fact that a Director is holding office in violation of this Section, it shall be the duty of the remaining Directors on the Board to remove such Director from office. Nothing contained in this Section shall, or shall be construed to, affect in any manner the validity of any such action taken at any meeting of the Board of Directors; PROVIDED the action taken was one in which none of the Directors had an interest adverse to that of the Cooperative.

SECTION 4. Nominations.

All incumbent Directors are automatically nominated to run for the office of Director and shall be one of the nominees to run for the office of Director, unless they decline and/or refuse to run. Any additional nominations for director shall be made by the submission of a written petition signed by not less than twenty-five (25) members of the Cooperative in their respective district. Such petition shall contain the following information:
1. Statement Release for Background Check Information;
2. Signed Review of the Director Oath of Office;
3. Signed statement that petitioner has reviewed the qualifications and is eligible to be elected as a Director of United Electric;
4. Brief Biography of Petitioner.
All such nominations by petition shall be addressed to the Judge of Elections and must be received at the Cooperative headquarters office no later than 4:30 PM on the last business day in January immediately preceding the annual meeting. Nominations by petition not received in a timely manner or with incomplete, untrue, or inaccurate documentation will be disqualified. There will be no nominations taken from the floor and there will be no write-in candidates.

To receive the petition forms and additional information to be completed for nomination for director, please contact Kristy Smith, Marketing and Member Services Supervisor, at the cooperative office by calling 888-581-8969, Ext. 8507.

* Please note that completed petitions must be returned to the cooperative headquarters in DuBois no later than the last business day of January 2023 (Tuesday, January 31, 2023).