Amaro's seat on co-op board certified

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The Socorro Electric Cooperative board of trustees certified the District III vote for Melissa Amaro at its meeting Nov. 21.

Co-op attorney Lorna Wiggins read a memo she had written outlining co-op bylaw, state law and Robert's Rules of Order in regard to the need for a quorum to be present at a district meeting.

However, she said, because there is ambiguity in the bylaws, she and her firm believe it was up to the board to decide how to proceed.

"While it is undisputable that a quorum was not present in person at either time a quorum count was taken," she said, "the board can decide whether to interpret the bylaws as not requiring a quorum present in person if enough members have registered to vote."

She added that as a practical matter, none of the other trustee candidates intend to dispute the results of the election, which was held Nov. 16 and at which Amaro received many more votes than any of the other three candidates.

"We also understand that none, except Ms. Amaro, intend to run again should the opportunity present itself in an election held within the year," Wiggins said.

The board vote was unanimous. Amaro will represent District III on the board beginning in January 2014.