2020 DIRECTOR ELECTIONS
2020 Director Elections - Districts 2 & 4
On March 23, the HomeWorks Tri-County Electric board of directors voted to indefinitely postpone the 2020 district meetings, scheduled for May, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this, director elections being held in districts 2 and 4 this year will take place entirely via mail-in ballot. Members in districts 2 and 4 should watch their mailbox the week of April 6 for their April Country Lines magazine, which will include their ballot and candidate profiles. Candidate profiles for both districts are also posted below. If you misplace your ballot or don't receive your Country Lines, you can call HomeWorks Executive Assistant Michelle Huhn at 800-562-8232, ext. 1272, to receive a replacement ballot. Ballots must be received by May 1 to be counted. Election results will be published on this website and on our HomeWorks Facebook page by May 8.
MEET YOUR DISTRICT 2 DIRECTOR CANDIDATE!
NOTE: In District 2, the incumbent director, Jim Stebbins, is running unopposed this year.
Jim Stebbins (incumbent): (To get to know Jim better, view his candidate video here.)
Jim Stebbins, of Clarksville, is a former independent dairy farmer. He has also worked for the National Farmers Organization as state livestock coordinator, as a lab technician at Hastings Manufacturing Company, and as a line and shipment inspector for Bradford White Corporation. He has five children and five grandchildren.
Jim has been a HomeWorks member since 1974. He was appointed to the board in early 2017 to fill the District 2 seat left open by the passing of longtime director Wayne Swiler, and was elected to his first full term later that year. He has successfully completed board training to earn the Credentialed Cooperative Director, Board Leadership, and Director Gold certificates through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Grand Valley State University. Jim was a member of the Campbell Township Board of Review for 10 years, president of the Woodland Fraternal Order of Eagles for three terms, and has served as a member of the parish building committee at his church, St. Edwards, in Lake Odessa.
“As a member, I have always enjoyed the quality of service and competitive rates at HomeWorks that are far superior to investor-owned utilities,” he says. “As a board member, I have become even more impressed with the Cooperative. I’m excited about the future changes and challenges the Co-op is facing, and I hope for the opportunity to be able to continue contributing my own experiences as a member of the board, representing District 2.”
MEET YOUR DISTRICT 4 DIRECTOR CANDIDATES!
Andrew “Mark” Alexander:
Andrew “Mark” Alexander, of Vestaburg, is a certified residential real estate appraiser and owner of Richland Appraisal, LLC. Prior to becoming a real estate appraiser, he owned a dairy farm for 15 years and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He and his wife of 35 years, Barbra, have four children and five grandchildren.
Mark grew up on HomeWorks lines and has been a member of the Co-op since 1999. He currently serves on the Vestaburg Community Schools Board of Education. Previously, he volunteered as a Sunday school teacher at his church and as a firefighter for the Vestaburg Fire Department.
“With my experiences of growing up on a potato farm, working on a dairy farm and being a former Marine, I have witnessed many joys and adversities that make me feel like I can relate to the majority of HomeWorks members and make informed choices for our district,” he says.
Brandi Caverly: (To get to know Brandi better, view her candidate video here.)
Brandi Caverly, of Lakeview, is an accounting specialist at Community First Federal Credit Union, where she has worked for nine years. She previously worked in a variety of other capacities for the credit union, including head of the plastic department (credit, debit, and ATM cards) and head of information technology.
A graduate of Lakeview High School, Brandi has been a HomeWorks member since 2013. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Grand Valley State University and an associate’s degree in accounting from Montcalm Community College. She volunteers in her local community with various organizations and events including IM Kids 3rd Meal, the Big Brothers Big Sisters bowl-a-thon, Lakeview’s Music in the Park program, and Lakeview Community Schools functions, among others.
“I understand the importance of the relationships between local businesses and the communities they serve,” she says. “The credit union I work for is a cooperative like HomeWorks, and I love the cooperative spirit of helping members and the community benefit by putting members first, before profits. I believe my experience working for a community-driven cooperative will allow me to lead the relationship HomeWorks has with its communities.”
Kimber Hansen (incumbent): (To get to know Kimber better, view his candidate video here.)
Kimber Hansen, of Edmore, is a farmer, responsible for the day-to-day operations of his family farm in Montcalm County. He is a member and former director of the Montcalm County Farm Bureau, and has completed the Farm Bureau Profile Leadership Training Program. He is a graduate of Montabella High School.
Kimber has been a HomeWorks member since 1993, and joined the board in 2014. He has successfully completed board training to earn the Credentialed Cooperative Director, Board Leadership, and Director Gold certificates through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He previously served as secretary-treasurer of the board and represented HomeWorks on the board of the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association (MECA).
“Growing up on the farm, I learned how vital electric co-ops were to the development of rural America,” he says. “And we’re still vital to the stability and security of our communities. I feel fortunate to be representing my district on the board. With my local experience and the additional training for cooperative directors that I’ve taken part in, I feel I can contribute to continuing to bring safe and affordable power to the members of HomeWorks. I would very much like to continue serving my neighbors, the member-owners in District 4, as your representative on the board of directors.”
HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative
2020 Board of Director Elections - Nominees
District 2 – Election to take place on May 12, 2020 (Update: District meeting indefinitely postponed due to COVID-19. Election taking place via mail-in ballot. Ballots will be sent with the April Country Lines magazine. Completed ballots must be received by May 1 to be counted.)
District meeting: St. Edward’s Family Center, 531 Jordan Lake St., Lake Odessa - INDEFINITELY POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
Jim Stebbins 7139 Peddler Lake Rd. Clarksville, Michigan 48815
District 4 – Election to take place on May 19, 2020 (Update: District meeting indefinitely postponed due to COVID-19. Election taking place via mail-in ballot. Ballots will be sent with the April Country Lines magazine. Completed ballots must be received by May 1 to be counted.)
District meeting: Montabella Jr-Sr High School Cafeteria, 1324 N. County Line Road, Blanchard - INDEFINITELY POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
Andrew “Mark” Alexander 9776 E. Howard City Edmore Rd. Vestaburg, Michigan 48891
Brandi Caverly 5659 Cutler Rd. Lakeview, Michigan 48850
Kimber Hansen 6535 N. Wyman Rd. Edmore, Michigan 48829
This is a final list of nominees submitted through the nominating committees in each district. There were no nominees submitted through the petition process. All nominees have met the qualifications to run for office as required by the Cooperative bylaws.
Members in district 2 and 4 will be mailed ballots included in the April issue of Michigan Country Lines magazine. Those ballots must be submitted and received by May 1. Members attending the district meeting shall be issued a ballot if they have not voted by mail. Election results will be announced as soon as possible after the district meeting. (UPDATE: District meetings have been indefinitely postponed due to COVID-19. All ballots must be submitted via mail to be counted. Election results will be posted on HomeWorks.org and on the HomeWorks Facebook page by May 8.)
Posted: February 21, 2020 - Portland and Blanchard offices, www.homeworks.org, and HomeWorks Facebook page.
- Nominating Committee submits candidate names to Co-op - Feb. 5
- Candidate credentials reviewed, names posted at Co-op - Feb. 15
- Nominations by petition (25 signatures) due at Co-op - Feb. 20
- Final candidate list posted at Co-op - Feb. 28
- Ballots mailed in Michigan Country Lines magazine to members in election districts - April 15
- Members may vote instead at district meeting – May (dates to be announced) UPDATE: District meetings have been indefinitely postponed due to COVID-19. All votes must be submitted via mail-in ballot.
Who Makes Up the District Nominating Committees?
District 2: Barry and Ionia counties
William Nichols, Chair
12543 Turner Rd., Portland, MI 48875
517-526-2392; email: email@example.com
Wilma Bailey (Lake Odessa), Vice Chair
Kristine Ceasar (Portland), Secretary
District 4: Montcalm County (except Bloomer, Crystal, and Evergreen townships)
Lisa Johnson, Chair
12423 Cutler Rd., Lakeview MI 48850
231-298-8083; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Glenn Kebler (Six Lakes), Vice Chair
Elain Rossman (Lakeview), Secretary
Additional Helpful Information:
Here are two board policies, and the appendix to a third, which contain helpful information for anyone interested in becoming a board member.
Board Policy 106 Appendix - Suggested Statement of Qualifications
2018 was the first year to include mail balloting, with the ballot mailed as part of the April issue of Michigan Country Lines magazine, as well as voting in person at the district meetings. The number of members participating in the election increased significantly over 2015, when both seats were also uncontested: