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Three candidates running for Middle Parks Electric board

The Grand Lake area has three candidates vying for a District 5 seat on the Mountain Parks Electric Board of Directors.

Mail ballots are due to arrive in District 5 residents’ mail boxes this week for a vote that will serve to fill outgoing-board-member Don Campbell’s seat.

Mail ballots must be received no later than the close of the business day on May 15.

As an alternative, Mountain Parks Electric members may vote in-person at the Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 16, at Middle Park High School.

Campbell served 22 years representing Mountain Parks members in the Grand Lake area. Retiring as “one of the most highly regarded cooperative directors in Colorado,” according to Mountain Parks General Manager Joe Pandy in a newsletter to members, Campbell served as president of the Colorado Rural Electric Association and chaired the national Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s insurance and employee benefits committee, as well as served on the board of directors of Tri-State Generation and Transmission where he was a member of the executive committee.

Glenn Harrington, Jeff Hauck and Leslie Williams all of Grand Lake are contending for the board position.

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Although the Fraser Valley area’s District 2 seat is up for re-election, incumbent board member Richard Zieff ” a resident of the Fraser Valley and a Mountain Parks Co-op member since 1981 ” is running uncontested. Therefore, District 2 residents will not be receiving a ballot this term election.

Jeff Hauck has lived in Grand Lake for the past 13 years with his wife and two daughters. Hauck has owned and operated a small electrical contracting business in Grand County since 2005. Prior to being self-employed, he worked as a deputy sheriff and investigator for 12 year upon studying at the Ft. Lewis College and the University of Northern Colorado.

“I am running for the board of directors to see that the Cooperative continues to provide high quality customer service and meet the growing demands of its members, while keeping costs at a minimum,” Hauck said.

“The Cooperative should grow with its members in a financially responsible manner. I believe the Cooperative should continue to broaden its portfolio in clean, alternative, green energy as to meet Colorado mandates and to lessen the effects of carbon on the environment.”

As part of Hauck’s campaign promises, he commits to “attending all meetings of the board” and “insists the Cooperative is run efficiently and responsive to member needs.” Keeping members’ electric rates low and company costs down are a priority, he said.

Glenn Harrington has lived full-time in Grand Lake for the past 25 years. He and his wife first became acquainted with the area in 1960 when Harrington served as a Park Ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park. The couple has three daughters, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Harrington has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Midwestern University and a Master’s Degree in science from the University of South Dakota. He is a retired science teacher having served in public education for 34 years in Texas and in Colorado. Prior to beginning his career in education, Harrington served in the Korean War.

In the 1980s, Harrington was a member Chaffee County Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment. He also served as the president of the Salida Chamber of Commerce. Since living in Grand County, Harrington has served on the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce Board, the Grand County Housing Authority Board, the Grand County Water Information Network Board, the Three Lakes Watershed Association Board, and on the Grand Lake Town Board. He is also an elder of the Stillwater Community Chapel in Grand Lake as well as an active member of the Rotary Club of Grand Lake.

“My personal interest in the application of science technology has included residential solar energy projects along with other forms of alternative energy and energy conservation,” Harrington said. “One of my firm beliefs is how our way of life and the future of Earth centers on how that interaction focuses on energy. The various forms of energy and how it is ultimately made available to the general public will in large part determine our future.”

Les Willams has owned a home near Grand Lake since 1988, but moved full time to the area in June 2007.

Upon Williams’ retirement, he and his wife started Williams Tree Service, during which the candidate witnessed first-hand the impact of the beetle-kill blight affecting power issues in the Mountain Parks Electric area.

A retired Marine colonel, Williams served as a pilot during a 30-year active-duty and reserve career. In civilian life during a 25-year career, Williams was employed as a police commander as well as managed a communications center with a $1 million budget. “Both of my careers required that each dollar be spent usefully with accountability,” Williams said, adding, “I always balanced my budgets.”

Williams touted his availability to attend meetings and willingness to listen and learn.

“Throughout my life I have learned that listening and teamwork are great leadership tools and using them results in favorable outcomes,” he said.

“I have chosen to run for this position because in my two careers prior to retirement, I managed departments and organizations with large budgets. Those budgets were highly impacted by energy costs. I was part of the decision-making process when considering building and equipment issues that were energy-dependent and because of these positions have always had an interest in electric consumption.”

Williams added that as alternative sources of power come available, he will take interest in that mix and support it “with an eye on maintaining affordable energy for the consumer, both public and private.”

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