Aug. 24, 2016
Incumbent Robert Kran of Free Soil, Timothy Brechon of Paris and John LaForge of Delton were recently elected by Great Lakes Energy members in their district to three-year terms on the GLE’s board of directors.
The three winners each defeated challengers in their district (see election results summary below) to earn a three year term on the board. Kran is a farmer from District 6 (Lake and Mason counties). Brechon is a retired electrical engineer and retired math teacher in District 8 (Clare, Mecosta, Newaygo, Osceola counties). LaForge is retired and worked for General Motors for 35 years. He is from District 9 (Allegan, Barry, Kent, Montcalm, Ottawa counties).
Brechon and LaForge are the first directors to be elected to these districts. Great Lakes Energy members voted to switch to district elections in 2014.
Members in districts 6, 8 and 9 received their mail-in ballot in the July/August issue of Michigan Country Lines. Voters had to return their ballots to a private CPA firm by Aug. 18 and winners were announced Aug. 24 at GLE’s annual business meeting in Boyne City.
Election Results Summary
Robert Kran, Free Soil – Winner (601 votes)
Ronald Bacon, Custer (133 votes)
William Gibbons, Baldwin (120 votes)
Timothy Brechon, Paris – Winner (357 votes)
Howard Bowersox, Stanwood (181 votes)
John LaForge, Delton – Winner (210 votes)
Benjamin Ferrell, Pierson (174 votes)