Four candidates are standing for election to three open seats on the Yampa Valley Electric Association Co-op Board, with ballots scheduled to be mailed to members on May 27.
The nominees would hold a three-year seat on the board, which oversees an annual budget of $57.7 million in 2021 and serves about 21,000 electric members in an area of 7,113 square miles, according to YVEA.
Dan LeBlanc and Ed MacArthur vie for the District 7 board seat in the Steamboat Springs city limits. Both would be newcomers to the YVEA board.
Patrick Delaney is running again, unchallenged for District 5 as Hayden’s representative. Another board freshman, Steven Booker, is running unopposed for District 4, representing southern Moffat County.
All cooperative members can vote for all board candidate districts. To be counted, each ballot must be signed by the member whose name appears on the label, and the ballot must be mailed to the third-party counter by June 23. Or members who fail to turn in a ballot on time can vote in person at the annual meeting scheduled for June 28 at the YVEA offices in Craig, according to YVEA.
More information is available online at yvea.com/annual-meeting-election.
Patrick Delaney, District 5 – Hayden’s incumbent candidate
I am interested in continuing to serve District #5 as a board member of the Yampa Valley Electric Association. Board leadership in the cooperative requires knowledge of governance and politics as well as power generation and distribution. I achieved certification as a Credentialed Cooperative Director and started earning a Board Leadership Certificate. This knowledge will help you keep your electricity safe, clean and affordable. The way power is generated and distributed is changing rapidly and YVEA is working hard to ensure our system is up to date and able to adapt to changes.
I have over 30 years of managerial experience in the property management and hospitality industry of resorts. I excel at strategic thinking, innovative problem solving, making informed decisions and building relationships.
Hayden has been my home for 28 years and I am a fifth generation Coloradan. With my wife, Tammie Bowes Delaney, we own Wild Goose Coffee and the Hayden Granary. We are committed to local companies, social commitment and the preservation of monuments. I strive to always make decisions in the best interests of the collective membership and am committed to our region.
Our Colorado and Wyoming region is facing unprecedented changes, particularly in the way electricity is generated. I will continue to work to keep our power clean and local whenever possible.
Thank you for the opportunity to continue to serve you and your family. I appreciate your support and look forward to ensuring that the Yampa Valley Electric Association makes a meaningful contribution to our communities.
Dan LeBlanc, District 7 – Candidate for Steamboat Springs
Since 2015 my wife Jessica and I with our two boys have made the Yampa Valley our home. Since then we have become part of this vibrant community. Our family helped establish and expand the Steamboat Montessori School, where Jessica is a kindergarten teacher and I have been the volunteer facility manager since 2016.
That same year, I founded Colorado Building Performance, a general contractor and consulting firm offering energy retrofits, efficiency guidance, and new home testing. Most of my customers are cooperative members, so I know very well your concerns about energy consumption.
Energy has been the focus of my work for over 20 years. Before founding my company here, I worked for ten years as an energy consultant for buildings, helping project teams design efficient buildings. My clients ranged from schools to developers to housing authorities, each with different ideas about energy efficiency. With a hands-on, collaborative approach to problem solving, I have successfully managed more than 50 projects throughout Colorado.
During this time I also worked closely with Xcel Energy’s efficiency rebate program. This allowed me to see firsthand how targeted incentives can lower customer bills. I will bring these skills and knowledge to our cooperative.
My projects in Yampa Valley are smaller but just as enjoyable. As a general contractor, I work on energy-related renovations and conversions. I have a passion for making older buildings work again and I learn something new with every project. I often find that installing efficiency improvements also yields other benefits, such as improvements in comfort, drafts, ice dams, and indoor air quality, among others. This is a win-win for the customers and something I would like to share with the cooperative.
When I’m not on site, I conduct energy assessments and prioritize which upgrades to make and when. This allows customers to make practical decisions to improve their buildings. I also work in new construction, doing performance tests and house energy assessments. In this role, I serve as an honorary technical advisor to the Brown Ranch Planning Committee. Our cooperative will be an important partner in making this project a success.
My work gives me insights into how cooperative members use energy, the challenges they face and the cost-effective remedies available. As a board member, I will work hard to ensure our cooperative is doing everything in our power to turn your challenges into opportunities to reduce your bills while providing reliable and affordable power.
YVEA needs steady leadership during this period of transition in the energy industry. Understanding this changing landscape and how these changes can benefit our cooperative is an essential qualification of every YVEA board member. With the knowledge from over 20 years of experience, I can provide this on the first day of my term.
I ask for your support for Dan LeBlanc, District #7. On Facebook: Dan LeBlanc for the YVEA Board.
Ed MacArthur, District 7 – Candidate for Steamboat Springs
Owners of the Yampa Valley Electric Cooperative,
My name is Ed MacArthur, a member of the cooperative since 1980. I am Chairman of Native Excavating, Yampa Valley Bank and Managing Partner of Alpine Aggregates. During my time at YVEA I used electricity in residential and industrial buildings. I have grid power to run pumps, screens and crushers in a gravel mine. My relationship with the staff and management dates back many years, both as a sub-department developer and as a subcontractor providing trenching services for multiple projects.
I am applying for a seat on the Board of Directors as my schedule now allows sufficient time to productively serve the association that keeps our lights on and business operations running smoothly. My background in construction will assist in future decisions about infrastructure upgrades and replacements, while my background in banking will assist in the financial decisions that the board will need to consider.
Consistent flow and affordable access to electricity are critical to the long-term success of any community. Technology continues to find new sources of power generation and I look forward to incorporating these solutions as they become feasible. As the Board considers these changes, reliability and affordability must be top priorities to protect our communities in the future.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you, the Owners Group, on the Board of YVEA.
Steven Booker, District 4 – South Moffat County
Steven Booker declined to submit information directly to Steamboat Pilot & Today.