Harding thinks outside the box

By Matthew Soper

Dear Editor:

A couple of years ago I became acquainted with Brad Harding and was most impressed with his knowledge, energy and approachability. I see Mr. Harding is running for a position on Delta-Montrose Electric Association's board. Our co-op would greatly benefit from Brad's contribution and leadership skills.

One important question Brad has asked is why are we buying almost all of our electricity from out of our region? Additionally, the owners and shareholders of these giant electric producers could care less about our neck of the woods. I like that Brad is already thinking about ways to produce power in-house or buy power locally.

A few years ago, when I was on Orchard City's Board of Trustees, we wanted to build a hydro-unit. The potential cost savings could have been huge for the town, but the energy credits limited the economic feasibility. The types of proposals Brad has made would allow towns like Orchard City to become electric producers and sell to providers like DMEA. He sees some major potentials in lowering costs and putting money in the back pockets of Delta and Montrose county residents.

Brad Harding and his out-of-the-box thinking deserves your consideration in DMEA's June 14 elections.

Matthew Soper