Olen Lund has proven leadership, experience

By Glenn Austin

Dear Editor:

I am urging you to vote for Olen Lund, who is running for re-election for the District 3 DMEA board seat. I've known Olen since he was in middle school. He is a man of integrity and character. I've known him to always support farming and ranching, mining, and other wise use of our natural resources.

Olen has the proven leadership and experience that DMEA and its members need. In his first three years he helped keep the cost of our electricity down. He went to Washington, D.C., to help get the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruling which will enable us to buy more locally generated power. He was successful in getting the local micro hydro permitted by the state. He also worked with the farmers of Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association on their hydro projects. In addition, he has used his influence to help bring broadband to our community. By spending countless hours researching, attending meetings, and visiting other co-ops, he was able to help put a plan into action that is projected to cost about a third of the original estimate (this will save our co-op members about $60 million). The DMEA board's plan has a phased approach so that it does not jeopardize the stability of our electric co-op. Their plan also means that the owner members' electric bills will not go up because of this project, and is projected to turn a profit within nine years. This will help keep the cost of co-op members' electricity down.

Olen is committed to keeping safe, reliable electricity at the lowest cost his main goal! I know he will continue to use his commonsense approach if given the opportunity to serve another term. So, I urge you to please vote for Olen Lund.

Glenn Austin
Austin Family Farms