Notice of 2021 OTEC Board of Director Elections
Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative is a member-owned and locally controlled electric cooperative. The Board of Directors makes business and policy decisions in setting the direction of OTEC. To ensure strong local leadership, member-owners elect directors, on a rotating basis, from each of OTEC's four districts.
In 2021, three seats are up for election:
Position 4 - Union County, currently held by incumbent Austin Bingaman.
Position 5 - Baker County, currently held by incumbent Wayne Overton.
Position 6 - Grant County, currently held by incumbent Gary Miller.
Elections will be held in May of 2021.
If you are an OTEC member and interested in running for the Board of Directors, please click on the links below to download, review and sign the documents that begin with "Director" and return the completed forms to OTEC.
The Nominating Committee recommends qualified candidates for the 2021 Board of Director Elections and asks any members interested in running for a board position to contact them on or before February 10, 2021.
Nominations by petitions are due March 16, 2021.
Please call OTEC's Administration office at 541-524-2831 with any questions related to the 2021 Board of Directors Elections.
Article III: Nomination and Election of Directors
Section 3 – Each nomination committee shall submit its nominations to the Secretary of the Cooperative not less than 90 days before the annual meeting in which the director from that district is to be elected. The function and authority of each committee shall terminate upon completion of the annual meeting.
Section 4 – Not less than 90 days before the annual meeting in which the directors shall be elected, the Secretary of the Cooperative shall cause to be posted at the Cooperative’s principal place of business a list of names of candidates selected by the nominating committee. Additional nominations may be made by petition filed with the Secretary not less than 60 days before the annual meeting. A petition shall contain the name of the candidate and the signatures of at least 50 members qualified to vote, and a request that the name of the candidate be placed on the ballot. All candidates so nominated must meet the director qualifications contained in the Section 5 of this article. Members may not nominate a candidate for director from the floor at the annual meeting.
Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative held its first-ever virtual Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at OTEC’s Baker City Headquarters.
Board President Charlene Chase opened the meeting, then turned it over to OTEC’s attorney Ron Williams, who announced the election results for three Board of Directors positions.
Position 1 – Union County
George Galloway – 2,388 votes
Cory Miller – 1,956 votes
Position 2 – Baker County
Aletha Bonebrake – 2,965 votes
Tamyra Keller – 1,486 votes
Position 3 – Harney County
Robert Cargill – 2,443 votes
Laurie Draper – 2,048 votes
OTEC would like to congratulate the board members who were elected and would also like to thank all the candidates for their hard work and interest in their communities and the cooperative.
The cooperative would also like to acknowledge the work and diligence of the election and nominating committee members and thank them for their hard work on behalf of the membership.
OTEC plans to hold its 2021 Annual Meeting in Baker City. The date has yet to be determined. We hope to see you all next year!