Co-op District III election today

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During a brief Socorro Electric Cooperative District III candidate forum this morning at 10 a.m., three of the four candidates were present. Leroy Anaya, Melissa Amaro and Donald Wolberg fielded questions from an audience of less than 30 people in attendance for the event. Prescilla Mauldin was not present.

The District III election takes place this afternoon with registration and voting beginning at 1 p.m. and the business meeting following at 3 p.m. at Finley Gym.

In response to a question about what each candidate would be focusing on if they were elected to the board, Wolberg answered first.

Wolberg, an incumbent who serves as the TriState representative for the board, said the board will need to focus on the Public Regulations Commission and upcoming rate structure changes. He also said the city franchise agreement is of importance to address. He said the board will have to look at what is going to happen in the future when electricity must be sourced from at least 10 percent natural resources. He also said the board needs to work to get the membership involved with the co-op.

Amaro, who was a co-op employee for 19 years, said she hopes to address compliance with regulations and make sure the rules are followed.

“The co-op needs to come back together like it used to be,” she said. “Every group would work together. If we are going to stay strong as a community we need to stick together.”

Anaya, who has previously served on the board, said his focus on the board would be on keeping costs affordable and services reliable. He also feels work on policies is needed.

“We need a representative of the employees on the policy committee,” Anaya said.