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Oak Creek man challenging YVEA District 9 incumbent

Yampa Valley Electric Association will begin mailing ballots Thursday for its annual board election. Association members can vote for candidates in one of three districts up for election this year. Jim Chappell, YVEA manager of consumer accounts, said the only contested race is between District 9 incumbent Chuck Perry and challenger Russ Garrity. Garrity, 52, a 20-year Oak Creek resident, earned an engineering degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1982 and has spent 30 years in the power business. He works as director of business development for GP Strategies, an international engineering consulting firm. Garrity said his niche is coal-fired power plants.

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