Six candidates will compete for a seat on Delta-Montrose Electric Association's (DMEA) nine-member board this spring. The District 3, District 4, and the South Region positions are up for election. The official candidates are as follows:
District 3: North Fork Valley, including Crawford, Hotchkiss, Paonia, Somerset and the surrounding rural areas -- Olen Lund, incumbent; Brad Harding, challenger.
District 4: Rural areas north, east, and southeast of Montrose -- Jim Elder, incumbent; Walter von Helms, challenger.
South Region: Southern half of territory from approximately between Olathe and Delta to the southern territory border -- Tony Prendergast, incumbent; John Fleming, challenger.
Ballots will be mailed to active DMEA members on May 20. In an effort to encourage informed votes and member participation, the co-op has partnered with the League of Women Voters of Montrose and Delta Counties to host two candidate forums. During the forums, candidates will be asked to provide a brief statement and answer questions from the moderator and audience.
The forums will be held on the following dates:
Tuesday, May 17 -- DMEA Montrose office, 11925 6300 Road, Montrose, 6 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 19 -- Hotchkiss Senior Center, 267 West Main Street, Hotchkiss, 6 to 7 p.m.
Mail-in votes must be returned by June 14. Members who choose not to vote by mail can vote in person for their director representatives at the annual meeting on Thursday, June 16, at Montrose County Friendship Hall. Registration and voting will open at 4:30 p.m. An expo display and entertainment will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Crawford local and American Idol contestant Jeneve Rose Mitchell will perform during dinner and sing the national anthem. A free grilled dinner will be served from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
The election will conclude at the start of the business meeting at 6:30 p.m, which will open with a tribute to law enforcement by the Montrose Police Department. Election results will be announced at the conclusion of the meeting. More information about DMEA's annual election can be found online at www.dmea.com.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.