Socorro Electric Cooperative: District III election candidates

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A board trustee position candidate will be elected during the Socorro County Electric Cooperative District III member/owner meeting to be held Saturday Nov. 16 at the Finley Gym in Socorro. Registration and voting begin at 1 p.m. The general meeting begins at 3 p.m.  Candidates for the position are Prescilla Mauldin, Melissa Amaro, Leroy Anaya and Donald Wolberg. SEC trustee positions are 4-year terms. There will be a District III candidate forum, also at Finley Gym on Nov. 16, starting at 10 a.m.
Mail-in ballots must be received in the Rio Rancho election administrator’s office by Nov. 15. Anyone who can’t attend the meeting that would like to vote can request a ballot by Nov. 8 by calling 505-891-6534 or emailing emarquez@electionpeople.com.

Name:  Prescilla Mauldin
Age: (not provided)
Occupation:  Administrative Secretary, NM Tech
Education:  High School
1. Personal experience you feel relates to the position of the trustee’s seat:
I have taken classes to educate myself by completing my CCD (Credentialed Cooperative Director) certificate. I have also taken seven of the 900 classes offered by NRECA to become a more informed trustee.
2. What are the unique and specific needs of your district in relation to the coop?
To maintain safe, affordable and reliable electricity and improving the quality of life for all the membership.
3. What are the most pressing and immediate needs of SEC?
I feel like we need to finalize the bylaw changes so that they are within state law and they don’t conflict with each other so the majority of the members can accept and vote on them.
4. Why are you the right person for this seat?
When I was elected four years ago, I wanted to make a difference for the members. That is still my position.  I feel I have communicated honestly with members and have tried to answer their concerns in the best way that I can.
5. Why is it important for member/owners to care about voting and attending meetings?
We need more member participation. We need members to get involved in our co-op.
6. Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a DWI or felony?
NO. Not either.

Name: Melissa Amaro
Age: 40
Occupation: Secretary II
Education: Socorro High School graduate
1. Personal experience you  feel relates to the position of the trustee’s seat:
I have worked for Socorro Electric Cooperative for over 19 years and have had the opportunity to learn the business from some great bosses and meet a lot of very interesting people in the process.
2. What are the unique and specific needs of your district in relation to the co-op?
Well I’m not just concerned about my district, but for all the SEC’s districts as well. I feel that the SEC has gotten off track and forgotten about its member/owners and their rights. I feel the membership/trustees are divided and need to come together as one once again.
3. What are the most pressing and immediate needs of SEC?
The most pressing and immediate needs of the SEC are to stop all the conflict between member/owners and trustees and to regain trust and respect throughout our community. Als a big issue is to re-establish relations with our community leaders and be able to work together as we once did.
4. Why are you the right person for this seat?
I feel I am the right person for the seat because, as I stated above, I did work for SEC for so many years and I had the opportunity to learn the business and I would like the opportunity to continue to help the members/owners to the best of my ability.
5. Why is it important for member/owners to care about voting and attending meetings?
It is very important for the member/owners to vote because their voice needs to be heard. I have heard many complaints about SEC lately, but if we don’t get out there and vote, all we’re doing is saying we are ok with whatever happens. PLEASE VOTE EVERYONE!!
6. Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a DWI or felony? NO

Name: Leroy Anaya
Age: 59
Occupation: Retired / Part-time bus driver for EMRTC
Education: High school
1. Personal experience you feel relates to the position of the trustee’s seat:
As a former trustee with eight years experience, three of those as a Tri-State representative, the needs of those we serve namely the members is the primary reason I wish to serve.  My main concern is to bring the best service to our members at the lowest cost possible as well as to restore the trust of our members and the morale of the employees.
2. What are the unique and specific needs of your district in relation to the Co-op?
Keeping the power on at the most affordable cost and all the members satisfied.
3. What are the most pressing and immediate needs of the SEC?
Reliability, satisfaction, and good public relations
4. Why are you the right person for this seat?
As an elected trustee to the SEC Board for eight years I would like to continue serving the community and District III to the best of my ability.
5. Why is it important for member/owners to care about voting and attending meetings?
Their involvement is very important;they are the owners and who they elect is their voice on the Board, ultimately the members are the voice.
6. Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a DWI or felony? No

Name:  Dr. Donald L. Wolberg
Age: Younger than a dinosaur, older than the hills.
Education: Ph.D. (geology) and life experience with Patsy Reinard; energy policy, resources, laws and regulations that apply to cooperatives, green and traditional energy and environmental issues at local, regional and national levels.
1. Personal experience you feel relates to the position of the trustee’s seat.
Teaches renewable energy and environmental courses; certified training and voting delegate by National Rural Electric Cooperative Association; Board of Directors of Socorro Electric Cooperative and chairman and member of several committees; Board of Directors of the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association, chairman of publications committee, member of education committee;  board of TriState Generation and Transmission Association and vice chair of external affairs committee.
2. What are the unique and specific needs of your district in relation to the co-op?
a. The overriding purpose of the SEC and its charter is to provide safe, reliable  electricity as economically as possible to the membership.
b. We must finalize the SEC-city of Socorro franchise agreement to bring stability to the benefit of both the cooperative and the city
c. Explore partnerships with the city in renewables at both larger scale and smaller scale  residential/commercial modalities.
3. What are the most pressing and immediate needs of SEC?
a. Protecting the interests of the membership by maintaining the sound economic footing of the SEC and ensuring the professionalism of SEC staff. The board needs to be an active participant in decisions.
b. Supporting the maintenance and our power supply infrastructure of 41,000 power poles over 3,500 miles of line and 11,500 sq. miles of territory.
4. Why are you the right person for this seat? All of the other candidates are fine and honorable peoples. But even they would candidly admit they cannot compete with my record of informed independence, contributions to the SEC, education, and active experience in cooperative and other boards, and my recognized expertise in national energy and environmental issues.
5. Why is it important for member/owners to care about voting and attending meetings?
The Socorro Electric Cooperative provides affordable and reliable electrical energy to an area of 11,500 sq. miles, over 41,000 power poles supporting 3,500 miles of electric line. The tasks are daunting; the active participation of an informed membership, the owners of the cooperative, can and must provide input for effective management and planning.
6. Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a DWI or felony: NO