HUGHESVILLE, Md.—The 2013 Nominating Committee for Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) met on Saturday, May 18, and chose candidates for the five available seats up for election on SMECO's Board of Directors. SMECO is a cooperative which is owned equally by each of its customers, who are technically referred to as "customer-members." As a cooperative, each customer is entitled to vote for board members, as well as nominate their own candidates.
The list of nominations follows:
Calvert County: W. Michael Phipps
Charles County: Gilbert O. Bowling, Richard A. Winkler
Prince George's County : James A. Richards
St. Mary's County: P. Scott White
In addition to nominations made by the Nominating Committee, any 15 or more SMECO members acting together may make other nominations by petition. SMECO customer-members running by petition should also complete and submit a Board of Directors Candidate Application. To obtain a candidate application and petition, contact Lisa Oliver at 301-274-4489 or Lisa.Oliver@smeco.coop. Completed candidate applications and petitions must be submitted or mailed to SMECO, Attention: Joseph Densford, Board Attorney, 15045 Burnt Store Road, P.O. Box 1937, Hughesville, Maryland 20637 by Friday, June 14, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. Nominations will be posted in each SMECO office and available online.
SMECO customer-members will elect five directors to serve three-year terms by voting for one Board seat in Calvert County, two seats in Charles County, one in Prince George's, and one seat in St. Mary's County.
Members may vote in person at SMECO's 2013 Annual Members' Meeting on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf. The venue provides ample parking, comfortable seating, and accessibility.
Absentee mail-in ballots are also available to members who wish to vote but cannot attend the meeting. To request an absentee mail-in ballot, call 1-888-440-3311, extension 4722, or visit the Co-op's website at www.smeco.coop. Requests for absentee mail-in ballots must be made by 4 p.m., Monday, August 5, 2013.
SMECO will mail member identification cards with information about the meeting to customer-members in mid-July.