2020 Annual Meeting

2020 Annual Meeting

Capital Electric's 74th Annual Meeting

October 8, 2020 - 6:30 pm


This year's annual meeting will be a very short, virtual meeting that will be streamed live for you to view. We will be presenting the meeting at the Bismarck Event Center, Exhibit Hall C but are discouraging members from attending in person, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you do decide to attend the meeting in person, we are required by state guidelines to have you to wear a mask and remain 6 feet from other attendees. You would be allowed to vote in-person, however we are not providing a meal, entertainment, prizes, or any of the other features of our meeting that we normally would.

The director election will be taking place using online and mail-in ballots, as well as voting in person should you decide to attend the meeting. A minimum of 75 member votes will constitute a quorum for the meeting. We have engaged Survey and Ballot Systems (SBS) to manage the online and mail-in election and they will be mailing voting instructions and an absentee ballot to each member early in September. You will have until October 6th to either vote by mail or online using the instructions in the mailing. You can either vote through your SmartHub account using the voting credentials that will be sent to you, or you will be given an opportunity to vote online through the  SBS web site. You can also fill out the mail-in ballot and return it to SBS so your vote is counted. Voting results will be kept confidential from the cooperative and its employees until they are announced at the annual meeting by an election committee official. Voting results will be announced during the virtual meeting. 

You will receive an annual meeting informational booklet by mail in September that will provide instructions on how to view the annual meeting online. If you have questions about this year's annual meeting please call Wes Engbrecht, Director of Communications/Public Relations at (701) 712-7923. We look forward to your participation in this year's annual meeting!

To view this year's annual report, please click here.


The nominating committee met on August 17 to finalize nominations for the board election. The following nominees will be shown on the ballot that will be mailed on September 14.


District 1: Dave Charles, Bismarck

Dave Charles

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What qualifies you to serve on CEC’s Board of Directors?  I‘m a retired electrical power engineer with over 35 years of experience in distribution utility operations management. In my first term on CEC’s board, I obtained Board Leadership Certification and kept abreast on technical and fiduciary developments in the utility industry.  I am committed to give all of the time and effort needed to represent you well to ensure the safe, reliable and affordable energy we have come to expect from CEC.

What are your priorities? My three top priorities are continued support for safety, best use of new technologies and cost control. I will encourage CEC to keep safety front-and-center, while consistently looking to improve procedures to maintain its great safety record. With my past experience and ongoing education in the utility industry, I am well positioned to provide insight and direction for the challenges facing the power industry, CEC and consequently, all of us as members.


District 2: Richard Koski, Wing


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What qualifies you to serve on CEC’s Board of Directors?  Being a CEC member all my life, I understand where our co-op has been and where we would like to go into the future. My involvement with other boards, including the school board, township board and the fire board, help me make financially responsible decisions that would benefit the members of our communities.

What are your priorities?  My priorities are to sustain electric rates while maintaining reliability as we look to how our electricity will be produced in the future, along with protecting our employees and members.


District 2: David Straley, Bismarck


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What qualifies you to serve on CEC’s Board of Directors? As a member of CEC, I have decades of experience working and living through cooperatives. I believe in servant leadership, and I understand the cooperative principles. With 15 years’ experience in the energy industry working directly with government officials at the local, state and federal level, combined with my education and North Dakota roots, I can help the CEC Board serve its members with affordable, clean and reliable energy.

 What are your priorities? The first priority is to make clear that the cooperative needs to keep the main thing the main thing: the members! Delivering reliable energy to its members at an affordable rate is at the heart of this cooperative. The second priority is to proactively engage in progressive listening, offering ideas and helping shape decisions that keep the cooperative model competitive for decades to come.


District 3: Steven Bitz, Bismarck


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What qualifies you to serve on CEC’s Board of Directors? In the narrow sense, I have satisfied the requirements of Article 4, Section 2 of the Capital Electric Cooperative, Inc., Bylaws. In the broad sense, I have the academic, professional and hands-on accomplishments to be a contributing member of the CEC Board on day one. I have initiated and negotiated contracts, served on boards, had inside experience in the legislative process and built coalitions to get things done.

What are your priorities? The paramount priorities are to serve the membership and getting capital credits paid to the members, in a timely fashion. Identifying efficiencies, protecting proprietary interests, advancing the goals of cooperation, fostering economic and rural development, and focusing on future expansion are close secondary priorities. I would serve as a real-world pragmatist, without a personal agenda. The cooperative goals are my goals.


District 3: John Lenarz, Bismarck


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What qualifies you to serve on CEC’s Board of Directors? I’ve been a financial advisor for 20 years. In that time, I’ve worked with several clients who have served on REC director boards and have a clear understanding of the role of electric cooperatives in supplying reliable electric service to their members. I moved to Bismarck in 2013 and became a member of CEC in 2014. I have served on several church and service club boards over the past twenty years.

What are your priorities?

  • Maintain a reliable, efficient and safe electrical grid
  • Meet the growing demand of CEC load to an expanding urban population in Burleigh County and the surrounding service area in a cost-effective manner
  • Prioritize maintenance and expansion of the electrical grid to meet future demand load
  • Keep electrical rates affordable
  • Be an effective liaison of members to the CEC management
  • Prioritize community involvement and CEC awareness with our members and staff                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

District 3: Jeremy Skoglund, Bismarck


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What qualifies you to serve on CEC’s Board of Directors?

I believe my greatest qualification is that my values align with CEC’s values of Integrity, Commitment to Community and Accountability. These values are how my wife and I teach our kids to be people of character. My career in banking gives me an understanding of the financial side of business, and my involvement in my church, in Rotary and teaching Junior Achievement shows that I value investing in my community.

What are your priorities?  Overall, I think the Board has done a great job. If I were able to serve on the Board, I would strive to continue the great work that has been done to supply members with affordable energy, provide for the needs of the communities that CEC serves and deliver education and training to the staff and members.


District 3: Kyle Tschosik, Bismarck


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What qualifies you to serve on CEC’s Board of Directors?  I worked for Great River Energy at the Stanton Station for over 35 years. I was a union member for over 29 years and in management for over six years, retiring in 2017. My last position was leader of plant operations. I understand CEC’s objectives and union concerns. I’m familiar with the power grid and how power is distributed. I am a past mayor of Wilton, and I’m experienced in leadership roles.

What are your priorities?  With the challenging markets and with alternative power sources in the industry today, I would like to be part of the decision-making process. CEC has seen a nice steady growth over the last few years, and I would like to help this trend continue.  My main goal is to keep CEC a strong, viable cooperative and to provide safe, reliable and affordable power to its customers.


In the September issue of North Dakota Living magazine, Bill Patrie was listed as a District 3 candidate. Mr. Patrie has since withdrawn his name from consideration.