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Qualifications for Choctaw Electric Cooperative trustees are listed in Section 4.02 of your CEC bylaws. Bylaws are available online at www.choctawelectric.coop, or pick up a copy at any CEC office.


CEC Trustee Elections Vote at the CEC Annual Meeting on September 24. DISTRICT A


George Burns, Pollard, (incumbent), is a graduate of Haworth High School and the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology. He recently retired from a 42-year career in the industrial electrical sector. His most current position was part owner of a leading electrical engineering and construction firm, where he worked as a senior project manager and served on the executive board. Previous to that, he held the position of vice-president of Oklahoma Operations of Engineering and Construction. With the same regard for high standards and accountability


that he approached his vocation, Burns is eager and committed to serving on the Choctaw Electric Cooperative board of trustees. As president of the CEC board of trustees for over a year, Burns works to ensure that CEC is governed in a more transparent and rational manner according to the utmost standards of fiscal and ethical accountability. He is dedicated to a restored and more affordable CEC, and being a good steward of District A’s trust.


DISTRICT C


Stacy Nichols, Smithville, has lived in his community for over 30 years. He and his wife, Lisa, have three children and one grandson. He graduated from Smithville High School. Aſter attending college, Nichols returned to Smithville as an employee of Smithville Public School. For 30 years, he has worked as teacher and coach. Currently, he serves as principal of the Smithville Elementary and Middle School. Both he and his wife are active members of Panther Creek Christian Church. Nichols enjoys southeastern Oklahoma and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.


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DISTRICT B


Joe Silk, Hochatown, (incumbent), graduated from Central State University in Edmond in1979 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He worked in his father’s hardware store business (OTASCO) in Mangum before leaving Oklahoma in 1986 to pursue a master’s degree in third world economic development. Aſter several years in community and development work in Mexico and Guatemala, Silk returned to Oklahoma in 1995, where he worked as a restaurant owner and as maintenance supervisor at Kiamichi Baptist Assembly in Talihina.


For 11 years, Silk owned and operated Beavers Bend Getaways in Hochatown, before selling the business to his son. Silk’s community service includes serving as deacon and teacher at Octavia Baptist Church, board member for the McCurtain County Tourism Authority, chairman of McCurtain County Republican Party, and vice-president of the Choctaw Electric Cooperative board of trustees.


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