Meet the 2017 CCEC Director Candidates
Cass County Electric Cooperative - 2017 Annual Meeting
April 18, 2017 - 5:30 registration - 6:30 business meeting
Ramada (soon to be Delta by Marriott), 1635 42nd St S, Fargo
Members of the CCEC board of directors are elected to three-year terms at the cooperative’s annual meeting every April. Directors must be members of the cooperative, and they are voted in by fellow members. That means you, as a member, can have a say in CCEC operations by voting for your directors. Democratic member control is one of the principles that sets cooperatives apart from other types of businesses.
Directors are elected by ballot for a three-year term. Nominees in Districts 4 and 5-2 must be a bona fide resident of the director district in which they are seeking directorship.
"I appreciate the opportunity I’ve had to serve on the Cass County Electric Co-op board as a director for the past 9 years. I feel I can continue to contribute to the success of Cass County Electric Co-op now and into the future. My fellow CCEC board members have elected me as Treasurer, and I also serve as a representative on the Statewide board that meets quarterly in Mandan ND. Thank you for your past and future support, as I will work hard for all the members of Cass County Electric Co-op."
"I grew up in a family that was served by, understood, appreciated, and was very active with several rural cooperatives in our area; it is part of our life. As a board member of CCEC I would be a strong voice for the membership, the cooperative’s current business, and its future endeavors. My personal values are well aligned with the cooperative goals, and I would work hard to maintain and enhance the goals for now and into the future. I believe I can bring a fresh perspective to the CCEC director position. I have the talents and abilities to effectively work with local, state and federal government agencies as an advocate for America’s, North Dakota’s, and Cass County’s rural electric cooperatives. Thank you for your support."
"CCEC has exceptional employees and Board members with vision. Through my experience serving on ND State Senate committees, various city committees as a city alderman, many local, state and national committees as a member of the SRT Communications, Inc. cooperative over the last 20 years, I have gained insight and a deep understanding of the many challenges and opportunities that cooperatives grapple with on an ongoing basis. My wife, Anita, would say that I am a creative person with vision and leadership especially in the fields of technology and business, my expertise areas. My daughter Jenny Huschka and son Dan Seymour have a great interest in technology too. As a native of Cavalier, ND and with college degrees from MSU, UND and CSU, I feel that I understand the culture and needs of our cooperative members."
"I currently work part time as the Finance Director for Open Door Center in Valley City. My husband, Greg, and I operate a family farm ten miles west of Valley City where we grow wheat, corn, soybeans and raise cattle. I love being an advocate for the members of CCEC and believe education is a valuable tool to help me in that endeavor. I have achieved my CCD and Board Leadership certifications since being elected to the board 5 years ago. This past year, I was humbled to be elected the Secretary of the Board by my fellow directors and I continue to serve as our CCEC director on the Square Butte Power Board. I appreciate all the opportunities given me and I will not take those privileges for granted."
Longtime district 5-2 director Steve Swiontek will not be running for re-election at this year’s annual meeting.
“It really has been a privilege for me to have served as a Director for the last 21 years,” says Swiontek. “We are so fortunate to have a wonderful group of employees who do everything possible to provide exceptional customer service and to keep the lights on.”
Cass County Electric Cooperative thanks Swiontek for his years of dutiful service as a director. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.