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trustee elections ■ ANDREA SLATON, INCUMBENT


Whenever the opportunity arises, Andrea Slaton gladly tells people that she is a farm girl. Slaton grew up on electric cooperative lines. The school where she served as superintendent was also served by a co-op.


A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Slaton earned a bachelors degree in business education and a doctorate in administration and leadership. Her 30 years of senior leadership experience includes serving as superintendent of the Meridian Technology Center in Stillwater, and superintendent of schools in Gravette, Ark. She also served as president of the Oklahoma CareerTech Superintendent Association, president of the Oklahoma Technology and Research Park, and president of the NW Arkansas School Superintendents Association. The Stillwater Chamber of Commerce named Slaton“Leader of the Year.” She was also named “Leader of the Year” by the Oklahoma Schools Public Relations Association.


Andrea Slaton


Slaton said she campaigned in the February CEC elections to resolve problems resulting from the previous co-op administration. “Members are eager to learn of the results of the OSBI investigation,” Slaton said. “We believe a comprehensive report is forthcoming that will provide a complete accounting of the mismanagement of resources including personnel, equipment, and funds.” Slaton said the board hopes the report will be available within the next few weeks.


With the investigation ongoing, Slaton, along with Trustee Joe Silk and two members from each CEC district, met weekly to provide “an exhaustive rewrite of co-op bylaws for members’ consideration at the annual meeting,” Slaton said.


Slaton and other trustees are also responsible for the recent hiring of CEO Jon Miles. “We are fortunate that Jon Miles accepted the position. He came highly recommended for his work ethic, openness, and transparency in working with staff and cooperative members,” Slaton said.


Slaton currently serves as vice president of the board and voting representative to the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives in Oklahoma City. If re-elected, Slaton said she will continue to press for transparency and create a blueprint for action and change. “CEC members graciously voted for me in the February election and I again ask for their vote to remain representative of District D,” she said.


Members with questions or comments are urged to contact Slaton at 405-747-6423, or message her at andreamasonkelly@sbcglobal.net.


Norm Ranger, District F


CANDIDATES FOR DISTRICT D ■ BILL WOOLSEY


Bill Woolsey has been a CEC member since 1974 and currently has three meters on CEC lines.


A retired school teacher, Woolsey taught construction technology to high school students. He taught for 4 years in Battiest and 35 years at Valliant. For 42 years, Woolsey has worked as a watermelon farmer and market manager. He says the job taught him hard work and how to meet people on a personal and business level.


Woolsey’s family has firsthand knowledge of Choctaw Electric. His wife, Kathy is


Bill Woolsey


the daughter of the late Willis Brents, who began working for the co-op in the late 1940’s clearing right of ways with an ax and a cross-cut saw. He worked his way up to be a lineman and eventually line superintendent and manager of outside operations. “As a result my wife grew up answering the phones when there were outages while her dad was on the radio,” Woolsey said.


If elected, Woolsey said his goal as trustee is to “make CEC electric rates as cost effective as possible.”


“I know that we will not be able to cut large amounts of cost due to the cost of power,” he added.


“Along with the eight other trustees and our new manager, Mr. Miles, we can cut all unnecessary expenses, private favors to individuals, golden handcuffs, and equipment mismanagement that has happened in the past,” Woolsey said.


He will also vote to change the bylaws to establish an open meeting format so that discussions and votes will be known to members and the press. Woolsey added, “Had this been the co-op’s policy for the past 15 years, we would not be in the shape we are in today causing our electric bills to be extreme.”


DISTRICT F


Incumbent trustee Norman Ranger drew no oppo- nents for the District F election. He will continue to serve as District F trustee for the three year term.


■ NORMAN RANGER


Norman Ranger operates a ranch and poultry business near Redland. He currently serves on the board of trustees of the Kiamichi Vocational Technology Center. He has also served on the local school board, rural water district board, and on the board of the Contract Poultry Growers Association.


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