Dakota Electric Association will hold its board election as usual with ballots being mailed April 12, but the annual meeting will not be held due to COVID-19.

Members can vote online (www.dakotaelectric.com) using the electronic passcode included with the ballot, or by mailing the ballot in the postage-paid envelope to Survey and Ballot Systems. Ballots must be received by noon on April 29 to be counted. Ballots should not be dropped off or mailed to Dakota Electric Association’s office.

Following are the candidates running for four seats on the board of directors:

District 1 – Jerry Pittman, Lakeville, incumbent; Kevin Grass, Burnsville

District 2 – Clay Van De Bogart, Lakeville, incumbent; Michael Hanninen, Lakeville

District 3 – Kenneth Danner, Apple Valley, incumbent; Jarod Griswold, Apple Valley

District 4 – Judy Kimmes, Hampton, incumbent; Vijendra (VJ) Agarwal, Inver Grove Heights; Michael Cahn, Rosemount; Philip Hernick, Eagan; Paula Overby, Eagan

All directors are elected by membership vote to serve three-year terms on the 12-person board of directors. Also, on the ballot is a bylaw change that provides guidance for the removal of a director who died or is incapacitated.

This year, ballots will not be able to be brought to the annual meeting since the annual meeting has been canceled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. The election results will be available on Dakota Electric’s website in the afternoon on April 29.

“As a member-owned cooperative,” Board Chair Jerry Pittman said, “we hold an annual meeting as a way to communicate with our members about the operation of the cooperative. Fortunately, our bylaws do not stipulate that a meeting must be held each year, so given the current situation, we are able to cancel the meeting and still follow our bylaws.”

The cooperative will make annual meeting reports available online through video so that members still have access to the information. Members should watch the cooperative’s website and social media channels to access the reports at the end of April.

A customer-owned, nonprofit utility since 1937, Dakota Electric Association provides electricity to more than 110,000 members throughout Dakota County and portions of Goodhue, Rice and Scott counties. Dakota Electric is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative.

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