DISTRICT 4 RUNOFF ELECTION UPDATE
At the CoServ Electric Annual Meeting on July 16, none of the five candidates for District 4 received more than 50 percent of the vote. Per the CoServ Bylaws, if no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the initial election, a special Member meeting must be called for a runoff election between the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes. Initially, these two candidates were Clint Bedsole and Patrick Wamhoff. However, on August 6, 2020, Mr. Bedsole notified CoServ that he was withdrawing from the runoff election.
Since the CoServ Bylaws require a candidate to receive a majority of the vote to be elected as a Director, the candidate with the next-highest number of votes after Mr. Wamhoff in the initial election will be in the runoff election. The runoff election for District 4 will be between Patrick Wamhoff and Mark Rutledge. You can read their candidate profiles here.
CoServ Members will receive election ballots in the September edition of Texas Co-op Power magazine, which will also include the candidate profiles for Mr. Wamhoff and Mr. Rutledge. Results of the runoff election will be announced at the special Member meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 24, 2020, at CoServ corporate headquarters, 7701 S. Stemmons Freeway in Corinth. Due to continuing COVID-19 precautions, no public attendance will be allowed; instead, the special meeting will be broadcast on CoServ.com.
2020 CoServ Electric Board of Directors election
The results for the 2020 CoServ Electric Board of Directors election were announced at the Annual Meeting on July 16, 2020. You can find them—and the full video of the meeting here: CoServ.com/AnnualMeeting.
Per CoServ Electric's Bylaws, each year, eligible CoServ Electric Members can apply to be candidates for election to the Board of Directors, vote in the Board of Directors election and attend the Annual Meeting, where the election results are announced. Ballots are returned to and counted by an independent Election Official.
Interested in serving? Article IV of CoServ Electric's Bylaws covers election, tenure, voting districts, terms, nominations and qualifications.
Every year, letters giving notice of an election of a CoServ Electric Board Director in two or more of CoServ's districts are mailed to CoServ Electric Members who live in those districts. The District Notices outline the nomination process, deadlines, and how to obtain nomination petitions and other required forms.
2020: District 4 Runoff
2021: Districts 1 and 5
2022: Districts 2 and 7
2023: Districts 3, 4 and 6
2020 Election Timeline
February 17: Record date for District Notices. (If you became a CoServ Electric Member after this date, you will not receive a District Notice.)
April 7: District Notices mailed to CoServ Electric members residing in Districts 3, 4 and 6—the Districts from which a Board Director seat is up for election this year.
May 4: Last day to return Director nomination petition packets—the formal application by CoServ Electric members wishing to be candidates—to CoServ's corporate office by 5 p.m. CST and by appointment only.
May 22: Last day for Board candidates to withdraw in writing from the election.
June 29: Scheduled date for mailing of Annual Meeting Notice and ballot to eligible CoServ Electric Members.
July 14: Voting closed at 5 p.m. CoServ extends voting deadline for Board Director Election due to U.S. Postal Service delays. Learn more.
July 16: Annual Meeting | Election results announced
August 25: Scheduled date for mailing of Special Meeting Notice and District 4 runoff ballot to eligible CoServ Electric Members.
September 18: Voting closes at 5 p.m.
September 24: Special Member Meeting | Runoff election results announced