Dorough wins District V co-op seat

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In the Socorro Electric Cooperative District V election held Saturday at Datil Elementary School, Anna Dorough won the trustee seat by defeating Buster Green by a margin of 12 votes, 60 to 48. The vote count included mail-in ballots as well as votes cast at the voting site.

Dorough, a 67-year-old retired computer programmer and analyst, thanked everyone involved in the voting process when she addressed the crowd, even those who didn’t vote for her. In the Oct. 20 edition of The Chieftain she wrote in her candidate questionnaire that “the board of trustees needs to make a concerted effort to set aside their differences and work together for the benefit of the members and the cooperative as a whole.”

The meeting, which did manage to just achieve quorum, also addressed a number of suggested amendments to the district bylaws, including ensuring proper parliamentary procedures during district meetings, ensuring fair voting practices, and specifying when and how often the district meeting should take place.

In regard to ensuring proper parliamentary process, or abiding by Robert’s Rules of Order, the amendment to the bylaws in question was intended to make sure the district had a state certified parliamentarian present at meetings. Dorough pointed out the state only had five total certified parliamentarians, so the amendment was amended to include that a certified parliamentarian didn’t necessarily need to be a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians.

The district also took steps to ensure the bylaws provided fair voting procedures, including clear and accurate information on mail-in ballots.

During the meeting, the district also voted to hold official district meetings on an annual basis as opposed to the current semi-annual basis, and that meeting should continue to be held anytime from the beginning of April to the end of May.

Dorough will begin to serve her four-year term on the co-op Board of Trustees on Jan. 1, 2013.