There are two contested seats in this year's La Plata Electric Association board election. The election will occur in May rather than in September so any change in association governance comes earlier in the fiscal year. That makes sense.
Herb Brodsky, a member of the board since the early 1990s and a past president, is being challenged by John Beebe.
Beebe had a career as the chief operating officer of a large Dallas law firm, now lives in Bayfield and does some real estate development. In Dallas, he was active in banking associations and nonprofits. He offers progressive conservatism, he says.
Brodsky was in senior management for a commercial real estate developer before moving to Pagosa Springs and then Durango, and has been involved here in leading nonprofits.
For the second seat, there are three competitors. The incumbent, John Gardella, is not seeking another term.
Connie Imig was the local director of Habitat for Humanity and now is a member of the board guiding the relatively new Regional Housing Authority. Imig claims the need for progressive thinking on the board and a broader array of energy sources. Like others, she has been generous with her time and serves on local-lands and youth-support boards.
Bobby Lieb has been a leader in economic development initiatives, serving as chief executive officer of the former La Plata Economic Development Action Partnership and overseeing its merger with the Durango Chamber of Commerce. He now is the project manager of the Durango Industrial Development Foundation's industrial park taking shape between County Road 309 and the La Plata River. Lieb grew up in a family that enjoys real estate and starting businesses. Their Durango Threadworks and day care center were successful in their time.
Harry Reigle is an optometrist and former U.S. Air Force pilot with a degree in engineering who is passionate about alternate energy and energy efficiencies. He is a member of the Sustainability Alliance and the San Juan Citizens Alliance.
For member-utility experience, vote for Herb Brodsky. For a corporate-management background and some new ideas, vote for John Beebe.
For the second seat, Bobby Lieb would bring local business leadership. For alternative energy and conservation, that would be Harry Riegle. For progressive thinking from a nonprofit background, vote for Connie Imig.
Ballots are being mailed now and must be returned by the annual meeting in Pagosa Springs on May 9.