The results of this year’s Board of Directors election were announced at the CoServ Electric Annual Meeting on July 16, 2020. Due to COVID-19 precautions, the meeting was conducted at CoServ’s corporate headquarters and no public attendance was allowed.
In District 3, unopposed incumbent Chris McCraw received 100 percent of the 5,678 votes cast and will serve another three-year term. In District 6, incumbent Bill Ragsdale received 3,410 votes, and challenger LaNita Adams received 2,906 votes. Because Mr. Ragsdale received a majority of the vote - 54 percent - he was declared the winner and will serve another three-year term.
In District 4, incumbent Clint Bedsole received 2,303 votes; Partick Wamholff received 1,905 votes; Mark Rutledge received 1,344 votes; Richard Jones received 548 votes; and John Genuise received 495 votes. None of the five candidates received more than 50 percent of the vote. Per the CoServ Bylaws, if no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the initial election, a special Member meeting must be called for a runoff election between the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes. Initially, these two candidates were Mr. Bedsole and Mr. Wamhoff. However, on August 6, 2020, Mr. Bedsole notified CoServ that he was withdrawing from the runoff election.
Since the CoServ Bylaws require a candidate to receive a majority of the vote to be elected as a Director, the candidate with the next-highest number of votes after Mr. Wamhoff in the initial election is in the runoff election. Therefore, the runoff election for District 4 is between Mr. Wamhoff and Mr. Rutledge.
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HOW TO VOTE: CoServ Members will receive the official mail-in ballot in the September edition of Texas Co-op Power magazine, which begins mailing on August 25. If you have questions about your ballot or do not receive one by September 4, please contact Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS) at (866) 909-3549 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHO CAN VOTE: Board Directors serve at-large, which means that all eligible CoServ Members – not just those who reside in District 4 – can vote in the runoff election. Each magazine includes a postage-paid envelope addressed to SBS, the election firm that assists CoServ’s independent Election Official in tabulating and certifying the results. To be counted, SBS must receive ballots by 5 p.m. Friday, September 18, 2020.
RESULTS: Runoff Election results will be announced at the special Member meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 24, 2020, at CoServ’s headquarters, 7701 S. Stemmons Freeway in Corinth. Due to continuing COVID-19 precautions, no public attendance will be allowed; instead, the special meeting will be broadcast on CoServ.com. The election results will be the only business conducted, and all successfully completed ballots will be entered in a random drawing for one of 50 $50 electric bill credits.