The governing board of Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPALCO) consists of seven directors from four districts who are elected for three-year terms, with the elections staggered. Each director is elected by a vote of OPALCO members, or appointed by the Board to fill out vacancies. All members may vote in every election, regardless of their home district.
To be eligible to be a Co-op Board director, members petitioning for or submitting for Board candidacy must meet criteria established in OPALCO Bylaws: Article III Directors Section 2 Qualifications. Please read the full qualifications and conflict of interest policies.
A director candidate must complete an Independent Directors Qualification Form to determine eligibility.
There are two ways to be nominated for the Board of Directors.
- Nomination by Elections & Governance Committee:
Any qualified member (see above) may submit their nomination through our nominations portal. The volunteer member Elections & Governance Committee will review the nominations and recommend a slate of candidates for Board approval.
- Nominations by petition:
Candidates may submit a petition with no fewer than 20 signatures of members who reside in their district. Complete petitions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we receive the petition the candidate will need to complete the application through the nominations portal. Download a petition HERE.
Click HERE for the 2019 timeline.
Use the nominations portal to submit a nomination for the Board election.
- District 1 (San Juan, Brown, Henry, Pearl and Spieden islands)
- District 2 (Orcas, Armitage, Big Double, Blakely, Fawn, Little Double and Obstruction islands)
- District 3 (Lopez, Decatur, Center and Charles islands)
- District 4 (Shaw, Bell, Canoe and Crane islands)