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YVEA retains board members

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YVEA election results

District 5:

Frank Roitsch: 924

Sharon Nereson: 844

Arlo Lott Jr.: 454

District 7:

Pat McClelland: 1292

Jeff Troeger: 1051

— The incumbents have prevailed in the Yampa Valley Electric Association board of directors election.

Three of the nine director positions were up for election, and two of the races were contested.

YVEA has 26,300 meters, and its territory includes Northwest Colorado and parts of Wyoming.

In the Steamboat Springs district, members chose to retain Pat McClelland over challenger Jeff Troeger.

In the Hayden district, members chose to retain Frank Roitsch. Sharon Nereson and Arlo Lott Jr. ran against Roitsch.

Dean Brosious ran unopposed in the southern Moffat County region.

This will be McClelland’s sixth term on the YVEA board.

McClelland, a Steamboat Springs native, worked as a loan officer until retiring in 2002. In his biographical information, he stated the past three years have been intense as a board member.

He said YVEA extended its power supply contract to 2042, allowing the association to have one of the lowest electricity rates in the state. YVEA also worked to diversify its energy portfolio with the community solar garden and power from the Stagecoach Dam.

In Hayden, Roitsch had a career with what is now Excel Energy. He oversaw four power plants in the Denver area and went on to work as director of the Hayden Station power plant. He retired in 2006.

Roitsch has been a YVEA board member for almost four years.

In his bio, Roitsch said his votes have supported forward-looking improvements in technology, development of solar energy options and improving maintenance of the electric system. That, he said, has contributed to few power outages and low power bills for customers.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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