Simos, Stetson elected to YVEA board

Two new members were added to the Yampa Valley Electric Association board of directors as a result of Saturday's election.

Franklin Stetson will represent Maybell and James Simos will represent Craig on the board.

The Yampa Valley Electric Association supplies electricity for Routt and Moffat counties and parts of Utah and Wyoming. The board consists of nine members.

Each year, three of the nine district positions are up for election.

Once elected, a board member serves for a period of three years.

According to Yampa Valley Electric Association, 15,588 ballots were mailed out and 2,307 ballots were returned. But 402 ballots lacked signatures so they were not counted. Only 1,905, or 12.2 percent of the total ballots mailed out, were actually counted.

Stetson, who has lived in the Maybell area for the past six years, will represent District 2, which is Craig/Northwest.

"My first goal is just to become competent in the electric supply industry," Stetson said. "I also hope to maintain reasonable electric rates, and to maintain the equipment system itself."

Stetson said at the next board meeting he would be assigned specific duties and find out on which committees he would serve.

Stetson, who is an accountant and rancher, defeated Stuart Nadler and Harold Stover to earn the seat formerly held by Larry Whiteman.

Stetson said he looks forward to the venture.

"I think it's great," Stetson said. "It gives me the opportunity to get involved in another Colorado business community."

Simos was born and raised in Craig and will represent district 3, which covers the Craig area.

"My plans are to see how things operate and go from there," Simos said. "You have to walk before you can run."

Simos, who owns Cashway Distributors, defeated incumbent Dr. Leo Schneider.

Simos said he will play an active role on the board.

"I'm a common sense kind of person," Simos said.

"I don't plan on being part of a rubber-stamp board."

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