South Dakota ACRE® elects officers

South Dakota ACRE� elects officers
The South Dakota Action Committee for Rural Electrification� ( ACRE�) elected officers during its annual meeting Jan. 13.

It also honored cooperatives for reaching membership goals for the 2005 recruitment year, which concluded Aug. 31. Clay Union Electric Corporation, Vermillion � 100% board and management � was among those named to the 2005 ACRE� honor roll.

Approximately 200 ACRE members present at the meeting re-elected Jerry Hammerquist of Caputa chairman. Hammerquist is a director for West River Electric Association of Wall where he serves as board president. Wallace Johnson, Geddes, was re-elected vice chairman. Johnson is a director for Charles Mix Electric Association, Lake Andes, where he also serves as board president.

Codington-Clark Electric Cooperative manager Gene Ward, Watertown, was re-elected to the post of ACRE secretary. Dakota Energy manager Bob Rademacher, Huron, was re-elected ACRE treasurer.

Organized in 1966, ACRE is the bipartisan, political action arm of NRECA, the National Rural ElectricCooperative Association. NRECA, located in Washington, D.C., is the national organization of nearly 1,000 consumer-owned, electric cooperative utilities.

ACRE was organized to support only federal candidates � those in Congress now and running for Congress � who will speak for and protect the interests of electric cooperatives and their consumers. ACRE is bipartisan and its contributions are based on a candidate's record of support for rural electrification, not on his/her political affiliation. The process by which candidates are chosen to receive support from ACRE is rigorous, requiring the approval of state ACRE committees, NRECA's ACRE staff and electric co-op state association CEOs.

Hammerquist said having a strong ACRE organization is increasingly important for rural electric consumers.

"Supporting candidates who support rural electric cooperatives is important, especially as we deal with national and state legislation that impacts electriccooperatives," said Hammerquist.

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