Great Lakes Energy Board of Directors - Back row from left to right: John LaForge, Mark Carson, David Coveyou, Howard Bowersox, Dale Farrier. 
Front row from left to right: Paul Byl, Shelly Pinkelman, Janet Andersen, Ric Evans

Great Lakes Energy Members Elect Three Board Directors

Great Lakes Energy Board of Directors - Back row from left to right: John LaForge, Mark Carson, David Coveyou, Howard Bowersox, Dale Farrier.
Front row from left to right: Paul Byl, Shelly Pinkelman, Janet Andersen, Ric Evans

Boyne City, MI – Great Lakes Energy (GLE) members recently elected three board members to the cooperative’s board of directors. Election results were announced at the cooperative’s annual business meeting on Aug. 24, 2022.

Janet Andersen of Ludington was elected in district 6. Incumbent directors Howard Bowersox of Stanwood, and John LaForge of Delton were re-elected in districts 8 and 9.

Andersen received 410 votes, Bowersox received 215 votes, and LaForge received 199 votes. All three seats were uncontested.

GLE members in voting districts 6 (Lake and Mason counties), 8 (Clare, Mecosta, Newaygo, and Osceola counties), and 9 (Allegan, Barry, Kent, Montcalm, and Ottawa counties) received their mail-in ballot in the July/August issue of Michigan Country Lines magazine. Voters returned their ballots to a private CPA firm by Aug. 18, and results were announced on Aug. 24 at the GLE annual meeting.

Unlike investor-owned utilities, GLE is a not-for-profit business owned by its consumer-members. Board members are elected by members, not staff, with each member’s vote carrying equal weight. The cooperative conducts an annual meeting to update members on the progress made during the past year and to announce the results of director elections.

GLE provides electricity to roughly 120,000 rural members in 26 counties along the western side of the lower peninsula. Visit gtlakes.com for more information.

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