TBC’s response to AJC article on Cobb EMC

In response to the original AJC article entitled “Three years after suing Cobb EMC, customer-owners may get chance to choose its board”

To the editor:

Thank you for Margaret Newkirk’s September 23 feature, “Three years after suing Cobb EMC, customer-owners may get chance to choose its board, highlighting the opportunity and need for members to vote in a fair election.  Many people do not even know they are members, but they are (and should vote!) if they own their homes and buy power from the co-op.

Across the country, EMC members are standing up to take back democratic control of their co-ops.  At the Pedernales Electric Cooperative in central Texas, for example, a similar lawsuit and member-driven board ouster resulted in a much more transparent co-op: members can vote in person, by mail, or on the web, and board meetings are open to the public and even video-archived online.  PEC is the country’s largest co-op; Cobb EMC is the third-largest.  If they can do it, so can we.

Cobb EMC members fed up with its current board’s antics are joining together to call for a fair election and to support new, accountable candidates when the elections are held.  Visit www.TakeBackCobbEMC.com to learn more and take action!

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