Wagner wins SEC District II election held in Alamo

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At the District II Socorro Electric Cooperative meeting Nov. 10, incumbent Trustee Charlie Wagner was voted in for another term on the co-op board of trustees. Wagner received 119 votes to opponent Manny Marquez’s 80 votes.

Elva K. Österreich/El Defensor Chieftain: Officials count registered Socorro Electric Cooperative member/owners present at the District II Socorro Electric Cooperative meeting held at the Alamo Wellness Center to establish the presence of a quorum for the business meeting. Seventy-four people were counted at the beginning of the meeting, enough to make a quorum.

The meeting itself had a quorum, 74 District II members were registered and so several proposals were able to be brought forth and passed.

After several proposals were passed, however, an audience member stood up and asked for a count and it was found the meeting had lost its quorum. Fifty-nine members were needed and only 53 registered member/owners were left in the room at the Alamo reservation Wellness Center where the meeting was held.

The proposals made were approved to be placed up for voting in the 2014 SEC general meeting.

Colette Foard proposed changes to Article III of the co-op bylaws, essentially clarifying that mail-in ballots should count toward a quorum at meetings.

Meeting chairperson Dave Johnson, after listening to co-op trustee attorney Patty Williams for a moment, said he had been informed the motion submitted is in direct conflict with state law.

When an audience member questioned Williams for the actual statute in state law, Williams said she did not have it with her.

“Vote at your own peril,” Williams said.

“What is my peril as a voting member of this co-op?” the audience member asked.

Johnson said the question would have to be put aside for the day and the proposal voted on.

Another audience member asked for the people up on the platform to be identified.

” … I’m an attorney at Wiggins, Williams and Wiggins which is the attorneys for the co-op — board,” Williams said.

The question was called and the proposal made by Foard was passed by the majority of ayes with two nays speaking up.

Charlene Wagner stood up to introduce another proposal that allows trustee candidates to have the names of members in their districts for campaigning purposes. The motion carried with resounding ayes and two nays.

Charlene Wagner suggested a proposal to include ballots in the election notices going out to all members. Audience members moved and seconded to make the motion.

Another audience member raised an objection, saying it would be costly to do so in terms of mailings. Someone else responded if the co-op would stop running the costly advertisements on the backs of the Enchantment newsletter, the money would be better spent sending ballots out.

Before discussion was over and a vote could be held on this proposal, a count for a quorum was called and it was declared the quorum was lost.

The chairman declared the meeting over.

The District III Socorro Electric Cooperative election takes place this Saturday at Finley Gym in Socorro with registration beginning at 1 p.m., the business meeting at 3 p.m. and a candidate forum at 10 a.m.