Directors Pohl, Oplinger Seek Re-Election
Members in Districts 3 and 6 vote on their director seat in 2015. The nominating committees in both districts set their incumbents to run unopposed. Download an absentee ballot request form here or use the one published in the May Country Lines.
Here are your candidates, and their election statements, as published in the May issue of Michigan Country Lines:
Luke Pohl (incumbent)
District 3 - Clinton County, except for Bingham, Duplain and Greenbush townships
Luke Pohl is owner of Pohl’s Travel Plaza north of Grand Ledge, and coaches boys’ varsity basketball at Pewamo-Westphalia Schools. He and his wife, Janet, have three sons, Gavin, Austin, and Landon.
He has been a member of HomeWorks Tri-County Electric since 1981, and was appointed to the board in September 2014 when longtime director Carl Morton retired.
He is president and co-founder of Austin’s House in Westphalia, and belongs to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where he is an usher and previously chaired the parish finance committee. He also served as a director of Westphalia Broadband, chairing the board for 10 years, and formerly owned Pohl Oil and Propane Company. He graduated from Central Michigan University in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Education.
“I have a lot of experience in the business world,” he points out. “I also understand the costs families face in today’s environment, and will work to keep our members’ energy affordable, with exceptional service.”
Ed Oplinger (incumbent)
District 6 - Clare, Isabella counties
Ed Oplinger is a full-time farmer of beef cattle, hogs, and cash crops in the Weidman area. He and his wife, Sandy, have three grown children and three grandchildren. His granddaughter will be the 6th generation of the family to be involved with the farm.
He has been a member of the cooperative since 1977, was elected to the board in 2009, and is currently chairman of the board of directors for both HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative and its subsidiary, Tri-Co Services, Inc. He completed board training to earn the Credentialed Cooperative Director and Board Leadership certificates through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He currently serves as a trustee on the Sherman Township board.
A 1972 graduate of Chippewa Hills High School, he served as the state vice president of Future Farmers of America in 1972-73. He was Mecosta County Fair beef superintendent from 1993-2009, and has served as president of the Michigan High School Rodeo Competition. He has also served on the Isabella County Soil Conservation District board (1978-90); Barryton Co-op board (1989-93) and the Chippewa Hills school board (1991-95), including a term as secretary.
“This board is probably the most important board I’ve been on in my life, because of the impact reliable and affordable electricity has on businesses and our communities,” he says.