Forum for SVEC board of directors candidates set for Wednesday

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LURAY — The Page County Public Forum will present a virtual opportunity to get to know candidates for the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative‘s Board of Directors on Wednesday evening.

In its promotion of the event, the Forum identified issues the regional power provider’s Board of Directors will face, such as a review of electrical rates, working with emerging regional solar projects and expanding access to broadband.

The upcoming forum being hosted by the non-profit organization is another in a continued series of events and panel discussions to inform the public about various topics that impact our community. The upcoming discussion will offer an opportunity to meet two candidates, hear their views on these key issues, and engage in some question-and-answer dialogue with constituents.

The two candidates for the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors being featured during the forum are:

Larry Howdyshell, a farmer, is an incumbent, who has served on the SVEC board since 1992. He is currently on the SVEC Finance Committee and Strategic Planning Committee, and has previously served as the SVEC Board of Directors’ Secretary/Treasurer, Vice Chair and Chair. Howdyshell also previously served as chair of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors.

Shaun Mooney, now in his seventh year as director of James Madison University’s Valley Scholars program, is passionate and informed about holding rates down, solar issues and broadband. He believes SVEC should play major role in extending broadband to every home.

The Page County Public Forum’s virtual discussion with these candidates for the SVEC Board of Directors gets underway on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 9.

To participate, go to

The passcode is: 789201

Following Wednesday night’s discussion, the Forum plans to offer its first in-person discussion since the COVID-19 pandemic hit coming up in August, when they breakdown the county’s current efforts to expand broadband service.



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