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Elections

Director Elections
San Miguel Power members elect their board of directors by secret ballot at the Annual Meeting of Members held each summer or by mail-in vote. Board members are elected from the membership, by the membership. They are chosen from seven different districts within SMPA's service territory. Each district contains approximately 1,500 members and votes for their specific director representative. SMPA's board members serve four-year terms.  View the director district map.

SMPA directors have the responsibility of setting the strategic direction for the cooperative. Directors are required to represent the membership on a fair and impartial basis for the best interest of all members and attend regularly scheduled board meetings. Attendance at national, state and local meetings, where the interest of San Miguel Power is concerned, is often necessary as well.

Notice of Right to Nominate Directors (District #1 & District #4)

SAN MIGUEL POWER ASSOCIATION, INC.
NOTICE OF ANNUAL ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
NOTICE OF RIGHT TO NOMINATE DIRECTORS

San Miguel Power Association, Inc. (Cooperative) will hold its Annual Election of Directors to be concluded on Thursday, June 11, 2020.  Two directors will be elected; one from each of the following districts:

District #1 – Four-year term: includes Parts of Montrose, San Miguel, Ouray and Dolores Counties including Basin, Bedrock, Naturita, Nucla, Paradox, Redvale, Slick Rock and Uravan.
T40N R13-14W, T41N R13-18W, T42N R11-18W, T43N & T44N R12-19W, T45N R12W Sections 31-36, T45N R13W Sections 18, 19, 30-36, T45N R14-19W, T46N R10-19W, T47N R10-20W, T47N R10-20W, T48N R16-20W

District #4 – Four-year term: includes Parts of Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel Counties including Colona and portions of Log Hill Village and Telluride.
T43-45N R9W, T46N R8W Sections 1-12, T46N R9W, T47N R8-9W

Please see your bill or contact SMPA to verify the District in which you reside.

Nominations may be made only by petition, which must be signed by fifteen (15) or more members certified from the district in which the election is being held.  In order to be nominated for director you must be a member of San Miguel Power Association, Inc. (Cooperative) and live within the District you are seeking to represent.  You must also meet the qualification requirements for a director of the Cooperative.
(See www.smpa.com/content/elections.)

Such petitions must be delivered to one of the following offices of the Cooperative:
•    Nucla, Colorado at 170 W. 10th Avenue
•    Ridgway, Colorado at 720 N. Railroad Street,
...or received by mail at San Miguel Power Association, Inc., P.O. Box 1150, Ridgway, Colorado 81432 during regular business hours, on or before 5:30 p.m. April 27, 2020.  The Cooperative will not be responsible for lost, slow, or misdirected mail.

Petition forms and information concerning qualifications for prospective nominees and petition signers are available at any of the above noted offices.  Information can also be obtained by telephone during regular business hours at (970) 626-5549 (Ridgway) or (970) 864-7311 (Nucla) 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and at www.smpa.com.

Doylene Garvey, Secretary/Treasurer
San Miguel Power Association, Inc. Board of Directors

 


 

Voting

All SMPA members have the right to vote for the director representative in their district and to run for election in their district.  Members elect their board of directors by secret mail-in ballot or at the Annual Meeting of the Membership.  Mail-in ballots must be received the day before the Annual Meeting or members may vote at the Annual Meeting.  The next Annual Meeting will be held at the SMPA Nucla Office (170 W. 10th Ave.) on Thursday, June 11, 2020 from 4:30 PM to 7 PM and will feature elections for Board districts #1 & #4.  All mail-in ballots must be received by Wednesday, June 10th, 2020.

 

Please Note: To validate the ballot, the voter's signature must correspond to the name on the account. (This name is shown on the outside envelope in which all voting materials are enclosed.) Ballots of joint memberships may be signed by either party. For voting members other than individuals, signatures should include a title.

 


 

Interested in Becoming a Candidate for the SMPA Board of Directors?

The qualification process has been modified to accommodate social distancing best practices during the elevated threat of a local COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. If you are interested in running for the board, you may follow these steps to submit your petition:

  1. If you are unsure of your board district, you may call our offices during regular business hours to get more information.
  2. If you would like to get certified as a candidate, obtain a digital version of the petition packet by emailing alex@smpa.com.
  3. Within this packet, all forms marked with a purple “Complete and return” stamp must be returned to SMPA. You are encouraged to return the 1) candidate photo, 2) interview answers and 3) contact information and permissions in digital form. (Scan to .pdf or .jpg, and email to alex@smpa.com.)
  4. The original notarized attestation of nominee certification should be turned in physically.  When this is ready to submit, please call (970) 209-5593 to make arrangements on where and when to drop it off.
  5. All petitions nominating members for candidacy must be submitted by April 27thFifteen valid nominations are required  These may be submitted in several ways:
    • Traditional Nomination utilizes petition pages that are physically circulated and signed.  For purposes of this election, a document like this containing original signatures is still considered legitimate.  If you are planning to submit one of these, please call (970) 209-5593 to make arrangements on where and when to drop it off.
    • In response to the special circumstances regarding social distancing and the COVID-19 virus, SMPA has identified three alternative methods for collecting signatures. These alternatives are explained in this update.
  6. Time permitting, before the deadline, we will check over your signatures and give you a call to let you know if you have submitted the minimum number of valid signatures, or if there are any other requirements that you still need to meet.
  7. After submitting your packet, you will be contacted by our Independent Election Monitor. If you have met all the certification requirements, he will certify your candidacy over the phone.

 

 

Candidate Qualifications

SMPA members wishing to run for a seat on the SMPA Board of Directors must review these qualifications and attest that they meet them and that, if elected, they will continue to meet them throughout their directorship.

  1. A candidate for election as Director of a district, each Director elected to serve, and each Director appointed by the Board of Directors must be and remain throughout that person’s term as Director:

(i) a natural person; (ii) a Member in good standing of the Cooperative; (iii) legally capable of entering into legally binding contracts;

(iv) not convicted of or plead guilty to a felony within the past five (5) years; (v) not be financially interested in a competing enterprise or business selling electric energy or electric supplies to the Cooperative;

(vi) not be employed in a managerial or sales capacity by a competing enterprise or a business selling electric energy or electric supplies to the Cooperative except local renewable and net meter accounts which have agreements with the Cooperative and are in compliance with Cooperative policies; (vii) free of any continuing and substantial personal interest that is in conflict with the best interests of the Cooperative; (viii) not a relative (as defined in the Bylaws) of any employee of the Cooperative; (ix) not be employed by the Cooperative within the past three (3) years; (x) not be an attorney hired by the Cooperative within the past three (3) years; and (xi) a resident of that district.

 

  1. The candidate/director shall, if elected, discharge his/her duties in good faith, with care an ordinary prudent person would exercise, and in the Cooperative’s best interests.

 

  1. The candidate/director should be willing to represent the membership on a fair and impartial basis for the good of and in the best interest of all members.

 

  1. The candidate/director must be willing to attend regularly scheduled board meetings and to attend national, state and local meetings where the interest of the Cooperative is concerned.  The nominee must also be willing to attend Director training institutes and seminars, which will aid in keeping him/her informed on matters affecting the interests of the Cooperative.

 

  1. The candidate/director should be aware that members of the Board of Directors serve without salary and on a fee basis for the time given to regularly scheduled affairs of the Cooperative, and in addition, they will be reimbursed for all reasonable expenses in connection with such scheduled activities.

 

  1. The candidate/director should agree to serve the term of office to which elected until a successor has been appointed or elected. 

 

  1. The candidate/director understands that, if elected, no relative (as defined in the Bylaws) of the nominee will be eligible to become or remain an employee of the Cooperative.

 

  1. The candidate/director must be willing to uphold the mission of the Cooperative which is to demonstrate corporate responsibility and community service while providing our members with safe, reliable, cost effective, and environmentally responsible electric service. 

 

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