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Meet the 2014 board candidates N


ortheast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative hosted meetings in Districts 1, 3 and 5 this summer. Incumbent trustees went unchallenged in each of those three districts and subsequently accepted nominations by ac- clamation to represent their respective constituents by serving another three-year term on the board of trustees. Having received nominations, they now await confi rmation from the cooperative membership during the general election at annual meeting on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the Grove Civic Center.


Following is a brief profi le of each of the three candidates. Harold Robertson - District 1


Everett Johnston - District 3


Dandy A. Risman - District 5


lifelong resident of northeast Oklahoma with 54 years of NEO- EC patronage, Robertson has served on the cooperative board since 1975. He was elected vice-president of the board in September 2003 and has completed certifi cation requirements of the Credentialed Cooperative Director Program through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.


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Robertson and wife Betty are retired from a real estate business they owned and operated for many years in Miami. They have one daughter, Emily Ruthann Allred of Springfi eld, Missouri; two grandchildren: Cray and Darcy Allred; and one great-granddaughter: Lydia Allred.


Robertson is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Miami and the Miami Masonic Lodge. He is also an active supporter of the Ottawa County 4-H and FFA programs.


Robertson is a graduate of Northeast Oklahoma A&M College in Miami.


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ohnston is retired from a 38-year career in product research for Conoco-Phillips in Bartlesville, where he was senior product technician. He was born and raised in Welch, attend- ed and graduated from Welch High School and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami.


Johnston and wife Connie have been married 43 years. They live on a 540- acre farm in rural Welch where they raise wheat and soybeans.


The Johnstons have four daughters— including Tracy Allman of rural Miami; Tricia Scott of Springfi eld, Missouri; Tina Norton of Ardmore; and Pame- la Rowland of Owasso—and seven grandchildren.


The Johnstons attend church at Welch Baptist and have been NEOEC mem- bers since 1991.


Johnston has completed certifi cation requirements of the Credentialed Cooperative Director Program through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.


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erving the cooperative currently as president of the board of trust- ees, Risman is also president of both Serenity Hospice and Lifespan Home Health, and president and owner of Grand Lake Fast Lube. He has served as Vice-President of Operations for Pharmcare of Oklahoma since 1999.


Risman is a licensed respiratory care practitioner. He obtained a degree in respiratory therapy from Tulsa Com- munity College following graduation from Ketchum High School and North- eastern State University.


Risman and wife Joyce have two children. Son Parker is 14 years old and daughter Madison is eleven. Both attend Ketchum Public Schools.


Risman is a member of AARC and the Grand Lake Lions Club. He also serves on the board for both the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce and


Ketchum Public School Board.


Risman has twelve years of coopera- tive patronage and has completed cer- tifi cation requirements of the Creden- tialed Cooperative Director Program through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.


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