La Plata Electric candidates weigh renewables, costs


La Plata Electric candidates weigh renewables, costs

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David Holub/Durango Herald illustration

La Plata Electric candidates weigh renewables, costs

David Holub/Durango Herald illustration
LPEA may require candidates to disclose campaign finances

Besides selecting La Plata Electric Association board members, voters will also decide whether candidates should be required to disclose campaign contributions in future elections.
LPEA board members have never been required to disclose campaign-finance donations, said Ron Meier, manager of engineering and member relations.
The details of how the rule would be implemented will be set by the LPEA board after the election.
Former LPEA board member Pam Patton recommended campaign-finance rule changes a few months ago.
Other bylaw changes on the LPEA ballot include:
Extending the notice of an LPEA election from 60 days to 75 days before the day of the election.Changing the deadline for filing a petition to run for the board from 45 days to 60 days before an election. LPEA staff recommended the change in deadlines.Clarification about how members of LPEA can request changes to bylaws.Minor changes to make bylaws more gender-neutral.

To vote

La Plata Electric Association ballots were mailed Tuesday. The deadline to return ballots by mail is 4 p.m. May 11. LPEA members can also vote in person at the annual meeting on May 12 at the Sky Ute Casino Resort.

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