Candidates named for OPALCO election; Nominations by Petition due Feb. 23

The volunteer member Elections & Governance Committee has selected two candidates as nominees for the OPALCO Board of Directors election, District 2 (Orcas, Armitage, Big Double, Blakely, Fawn, Little Double and Obstruction islands), in April 2018. The following were nominated by a vote of the committee: Richard (Rick) Christmas and Jeffrey L. Struthers.

There is still time for members to declare their candidacy for the board election. Nominations by petition are due on February 23, 2018 at 12 noon. Co-op members from District 2 may submit their candidacy by

1) collecting no fewer than 20 names and signatures of OPALCO members who live in their district on a petition; and

2) completing the nominations app at

Get more information on OPALCO’s nominations process online:

Candidate forums are scheduled during the week of March 12-16 on four islands to meet the candidates in person. Ballots and voting materials for the 2018 election will be sent to members on March 29, and posted online at The election opens on March 29 and ballots are due online or by mail no later than 10 am. Election results will be announced on Saturday, April 21 at OPALCO’s Annual Meeting on the WSF Tillikum.

Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPALCO) is our member-owned cooperative electric utility, serving more than 11,000 members on 20 islands in San Juan County. OPALCO provides electricity that is 95% greenhouse-gas free and is generated predominantly by hydroelectric plants. OPALCO was founded in 1937. Follow OPALCO @OrcasPower on Facebook and Twitter.


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