WCEC IS CALLING FOR NOMINATIONS
FOR A DIRECTOR FOR DISTRICT 7
The business and affairs of WCEC is managed by a 7 Member Board of Directors, each representing one of the 7 WCEC Districts. With Lewis Young's retirement, the cooperative is seeking candidates to run for election to the District 7 position. The election results will be announced October 9, 2020 at the WCEC Annual Meeting. Directors serve a 3-year term and can run and serve for multiple elected terms.
Per WCEC's bylaws, there are 2 ways for a member to become a potential Director candidate: (1.) Nomination by the Elections Committee, or (2.) by submitting a valid petition with the signatures of one hundred or more Cooperative Members. Members interested in serving as a Director should call the office to request a Director Candidate Package to be filled out and returned by August 10, 2020.
No matter how a potential candidate is nominated, the Bylaws also provide that it is the job of the Elections Committee to certify that all potential candidates meet all the criteria and the nomination complies with the Bylaws. Accordingly, a member desiring to be nominated may not be included on the Director election ballot if the Election Committee determines that they do not meet the qualifications identified in the Bylaws, or their petition is not valid.
Qualifications to be considered for placement on the ballot, per Article V of WCEC's Bylaws include:
No person shall be eligible to become or remain a Director of the Cooperative who:
(a) is not a Member in the area served or to be served by the Cooperative and of the district he or she is to represent;
(b) is regularly, directly, and substantially employed by or financially interested in a competing enterprise or a business selling goods or services to the Cooperative, or a business primarily regularly engaged in selling electric or plumbing appliances, fixtures or supplies, to the Members of the Cooperative;
(c) is not a resident of the district they represent; or who does not purchase all electric energy used at their residence where they actually live and reside from the Cooperative. A resident of a district is an individual who resides and is registered to vote with an address located in the district;
(d) is an employee or has been a former employee of the Cooperative within the seven (7) years prior to the election at which such Member is to be placed on the ballot;
(e) has not been a Member of the Cooperative for a period of twenty-four (24) consecutive months, preceeding the election;
(f) has been convicted of a felony or a crime of moral turpitude in this state or any other state;
(g) who is a close relative of an employee of the Cooperative;
(h) does not have the capacity to enter legally binding contracts; or
(i) is a close relative of an existing Director of the Cooperative.
For purposes of these Bylaws "close relative" shall include an individual who:
(a) is either related by blood, law, or marriage, including half, step, foster, and adoptive relations, a spouse, child, grandchild, parent, grandparent, or sibling; or
(b) resides in the same residence.
When a membership is held jointly by a husband and wife, either one, but not both, may be elected a Director, provided however that neither one shall be eligible to become or remain a Director or to hold a position of trust in the Cooperative unless both shall meet the qualifications hereinabove set forth. Nothing in this section shall or be construed to affect, in any manner whatsoever, the validity of any action taken in any meeting of the Board of Directors
Completed packages and petitions, including all member information and a background check authorization form, must be delivered/mailed to the attention of: WCEC Elections Committee, 501 S. Main St. Quitman, TX, 75783, for receipt no later than August 10, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
An Elections Committee comprised of members will verify all potential candidates' qualifications, as well as petition signatures, and will announce the qualified director candidates.
Complete details may be found in the governing document, Article V of WCEC's bylaws, which are available on