Gary Newman elected
Thanks to our District 4 members, I’ve been elected to the board to represent GVEA members. 55% support. 671 votes to 561 votes, with 133 ballots discarded because they weren’t signed on the outside envelope (I’ll be working to change this).
I appreciate the spirited campaign and good wishes from my competitor Frank Eagle.
I’ll be ready and able to serve the members on Day One, which is June 22. If you have questions that GVEA can’t answer or problems/suggestions, my contact info is listed here.
Gary Newman – District 4 Candidate – GVEA Board of Directors
My name is Gary Newman and I’m running for the GVEA Board of Directors from District 4. This district includes east of the Steese Hwy, out to Fox to the end of GVEA’s boundary including all of the Elliot Highway, Chena Hot Springs Road, Island Homes, Shannon Park and much of the core of downtown Fairbanks east of Wien/10th/Smythe Streets. See the map page for more detail.
I have been a very involved member of our cooperative for many years, actually several decades. As a co-op, we are members AND owners, a very special thing. I have advocated for transparency of GVEA activities, especially for that of the board and met with considerable success. I have pushed for renewable energy and conservation programs and also met with some success. I have supported responsible investment in power generation with only moderate success.
We all want reliable electricity at affordable and reasonable rates. I’ve been concerned about GVEA taking on too many expensive projects, if nothing else because of the long term impact on rates to service the debt taken on. GVEA debt, formerly at $350 million until we members removed the debt ceiling from the bylaws in 2008, may be approaching $600 million when all the bills from the Healy 2 re-build come in. That will impact our rates for 30 years.
GVEA is more than just generating and distributing electricity. I have learned in my years of participation as a member-owner that it’s a complex business and the work of the board is quite demanding. I do now have the time that would be needed to devote to this and can step into the role without the steep learning curve that new board members have faced.
My professional expertise includes technical, regulatory and policy knowledge of electrical, computer and telecommunications issues, energy conservation and renewable energy, facilities management, and how to participate in and conduct meetings effectively. I have developed a robust knowledge of Alaska and national energy policies.
In my years of involvement as a member-owner, I have seen that GVEA employees are dedicated to provide service to us. While the job of a board member is not to run the company, it is important to insure the employees have the board’s support to meet the needs of the co-op.
I pledge to open up two way communications with District 4 members and, as a member of the board, to advocate to have GVEA expand their two-way communications to all the members for ways to help us save money, for outages and general communication.
Feel free to contact me:
1083 Esro Rd.
Fairbanks, AK 99712