SVEC opens directors elections, meeting proxy

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~ Press release issued by Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative

ROCKINGHAM — Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative members may now vote in board of directors elections and return their proxies for the annual business meeting, to be held via telephone at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13.

Ballots and information have been mailed to all members and an email was sent to members with a valid email address on file. Ballots and proxies must be returned to the independent third-party vendor managing the election process by 11:59 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10.

By returning a proxy, or registering for the telephone meeting, members help the Cooperative reach its legal requirement for a quorum to conduct the business meeting. Members who return a proxy or register for the meeting will also qualify for entry into a drawing for one of a dozen $250 bill credits.

The deadline to register for the telephonic meeting is 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11. To register, members should visit or call SVEC at 1-800-234-7832.

The transition this year to a telephonic annual business meeting is designed to keep Co-op employees and members safe because of COVID-19.

“As much as we enjoy seeing our members in-person, we prioritize safety at the Co-op. The safe thing to do is to have a meeting that doesn’t put anyone at risk of exposure to the virus,” SVEC Board Chair Larry Howdyshell said. “The telephone meeting is an effective alternative to an in-person gathering.”

SVEC is governed by a 10-person board of directors. Each director is a Co-op member and elected by other members, serving staggered four-year terms. This year, both seats up for election are from Rockingham County. Incumbent Stephen Burkholder is running unopposed for one seat. Vice Chair Suzanne Obenshain, also an incumbent, is running against Sally Newkirk for the second seat.

All Co-op members vote for directors, no matter where they reside. Results of the election will be announced at the conclusion of the telephone business meeting and then posted online. Additional information on the election process and this year’s board candidates is available at

Chartered in 1936, SVEC serves approximately 97,000 meters in the counties of Augusta, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren and the City of Winchester in Virginia.

Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative was the first electric cooperative chartered in Virginia.


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