Director Election Updates

Director Election Updates

Lord, Batora, Sprague Seek Re-Election To Co-op Board

John Lord of Leslie (District 1), Corinna Batora of Elsie (District 5), and Shirley Sprague of Barryton (District 7) have announced they will seek re-election to HomeWorks Tri-County Electric's board of directors this year.

Each of the three directors was first elected in May 2016. District 1 includes members in Eaton, Ingham and Jackson counties. District 5 includes members in Gratiot and Saginaw counties, along with Bingham, Duplain and Greenbush townships in Clinton County, and Bloomer, Crystal and Evergreen townships in Montcalm County. District 7 comprises members in Mecosta and Osceola counties.

The nominating committee in each district consists of the district's officers (listed on this page), elected by members at the district meeting held in the previous May. Each committee is required by the co-op's bylaws to nominate at least one candidate on or before Feb. 5. Candidates may also be nominated with a petition signed by at least 25 members from within the district. Petitions must be turned in by Feb. 20.

Names of nominees will be posted at the cooperative's offices by Feb. 28.

Interested in Seeking a Board Seat?

If you're interested in running for a HomeWorks board seat yourself, Article VII, Section 2 of the cooperative's bylaws (available at states you must be an individual member of the cooperative in good standing, at least 21 years old, residing in the district which you are to represent, and a U.S. citizen.

To become or remain a director, the bylaws continue, the candidate must have the capacity to enter into legally binding contracts; comply with standards of conduct as laid out in the bylaws; and meet all reasonable conflict of interest qualifications found in Article VII, Section 3.

Also, within the 10 years immediately prior to becoming a director, a candidate shall not have been convicted of or pled guilty to a felony or misdemeanor crime involving issues of moral character.

If you meet these qualifications and would like to be nominated, contact your district nominating committee, listed on this page, or call HomeWorks Tri-County Electric at 517-647-1272 for a nominating petition.

Elections Timeline

  • 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)

Who Makes Up the District Nominating Committees?

District 1: Eaton, Ingham and Jackson counties

Patricia Zimmerman, Chair
1885 Flanders Rd, Charlotte MI 48813
517-543-6736; email:

Miner Roth (Grand Ledge), Vice Chair
Drouscella Halsey (Charlotte), Secretary

District 5: Gratiot and Saginaw counties, plus Bingham, Duplain and Greenbush townships in Clinton County, and Bloomer, Crystal and Evergreen townships in Montcalm County

Carl Bornemann, Chair
7560 Woodbridge Rd, Ashley MI 48806
517-881-4467 (cell); no email

Reginald Stevens (Saint Johns), Vice Chair
Nichole Klekotka (Bannister), Secretary

District 7: Mecosta and Osceola counties

Jean Chapin, Chair
6235 5 Mile Rd, Blanchard MI 49310
231-972-8623; no email

Don Passolt (Hersey), Vice Chair
Connie Gibson (Evart), 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 102 Functions of the Board

Board Policy 107 Director Attendance at Meetings

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:


chart showing growth in voting since 2015


Learn more about your Annual District Member Meetings here.


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