The Arab Electric Cooperative will elect 3 board members at its annual meeting on Saturday, Aug. 24, in the Arab High School auditorium.

The doors open at 8 a.m., and the meeting begins at 9 a.m.

Anyone who receives a utility bill from Arab Electric can vote in person at the auditorium or by mail-in ballot. Those ballots should begin arriving in mailboxes within the next week or two.

Arab Electric general manager Scott Spence announced recently he is leaving he is leaving to become CEO of Duck River Electric Cooperative in Tennessee.

With Spence’s absence, Arab Electric board attorney Clint Maze and board president Ty Smith plan to preside at the meeting.

The Candidates

Three seats are up for election this year. Because of a bylaw amendment passed three years ago limiting the terms of board members, the three incumbents cannot seek re-election this year.

The incumbents are Roger Head, Mark Holmes and Charles S. Whisenant (not the Arab Tribune editor).

The candidates on this year’s ballot are:

District 2 now represented by Holmes, covers the larger part of eastern Arab, from Fourth Street on the west, north along Fourth Street to 12th Avenue and north to the city limits, back east along the city limits to the beginning of Fourth Street.

Those who qualified are:

  • Brett Barnard, who is the foreman of Marshall County District 1 shop;
  • Chris Hemphill, who ran in 2016 for the Arab City Council.

District 5, now represented by Whisenant, covers the Fry Gap and New Canaan areas. Other communities in District 5 include Thrasher Crossroads, Askea Grove, New Brashiers Chapel, Shoal Creek, Old Georgia Mountain, Grassy and Scant City.

Those who qualified are:

  • Tyler Barnes, who previously ran for the electric board in 2010;
  • Alan Miller, former Arab City Council member and manager of the Arab Redstone Federal Credit Union;
  • Ken Wilks, former owner of Wilks Tires on Main Street.

District 7, now represented by Head, covers the Ruth and Eddy communities along with Mobbs School, Friendship, Rocky Mount, Mount Oak, Pleasant Valley and Egypt.

Those who qualified are:

  • Nathan Clark, owner of Clark Farms;
  • Louis Martin Cranford, a retired truck driver;
  • Scott Sanders, who works at Arab Lumber and Supply.

Those who vote in the Arab Electric Cooperative annual meeting on Aug. 24 – either in person or by mail-in ballot – will receive a $5 credit on their next electric bills.

In addition to the $5 credit, 20 voters – who cast their ballots at the annual meeting, will win $50 each.

Names will be drawn and the winners announced during the meeting.

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