Story last updated at 1:34 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 2002

Pate re-elected to HEA board
Homer Electric Association members elected three directors and approved a ballot proposition at the association's annual meeting Tuesday at Soldotna High School.

In District 3, covering the Ninilchik-Homer area, incumbent Mike Pate was re-elected to a three-year term, receiving 1,646 votes. Doug Stark received 1,523 votes.

In District 1, covering Kenai to Nikiski, incumbent Ruth Fitzpatrick was re-elected to a three-year term, receiving 2,217 votes. Richard deMello received 939 votes.

In District 2, covering Soldotna to Sterling, Hugh Chumley was elected to a three-year term, receiving 1,562 votes. Ed Oberts received 863 votes and Jack Hetherton received 851 votes.

HEA members also approved, by a 2,311 to 588 vote, a proposition to amend the bylaws to require Homer Electric to allocate patronage capital to members who purchase either gas or thermal energy (steam) from the cooperative. The change will strengthen Homer Electric's ability to preserve the cooperative's tax-exempt status for this type of income, according to HEA spokesman Joe Gallagher.

A total of 3,560 mail-in ballots were counted, representing 19.5 percent of the Homer Electric membership.