Socorro Electric Co-op still at odds, new board elected

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The annual meeting of the Socorro Electric Cooperative was held on June 8 after being continued by a vote at the end of the May 15 annual meeting. It was announced there were 142 people who registered. People present who had previously sent in mail-in ballots were not allowed to register in person for the meeting because they had not been at the previous one. There were 189 mail-in ballots submitted at the original meeting, so only 97 in-person members were actually needed to fill the requirements for a quorum, if the mail-in ballots are allowed to count. There are 9,528 members of the co-op and 286 are needed for a quorum. A resolution still has not been made as to whether the items discussed or passed at either of those meetings will be considered valid or not.

Elva K. Osterreich/El Defensor Chieftain

Unofficially Melissa Amaro would have won the District III co-op election with a total of 140 votes; Leroy Anaya received a total of 77 votes; Prescilla Mauldin received a total of 27 votes; and Donald Wolberg received a total of six votes. The co-op board certified the District III vote for Amaro at its meeting on Nov. 21. The co-op board will now be made up of five members, as the full reform number kicked in on Jan. 1.

Elva K. Osterreich/El Defensor Chieftain