Four incumbent Bluebonnet directors re-elected to board


Bastrop – Four Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative directors up for election this year were unopposed in their respective races and, in accordance with the co-op’s bylaws, were elected by general consent. The incumbent directors who were re-elected are Byron Balke, District 6, Austin, Colorado and Fayette counties; Roderick L. Emanuel, District 3, Bastrop County; Russell Jurk, District 4, Lee, Milam and Williamson counties; and Robert Mikeska, District 7, Washington County. 

“This is the third time in the last four years that incumbent directors were unopposed in their races for re-election,” said Matt Bentke, Bluebonnet’s general manager. “The year an incumbent director had an opponent, she was overwhelmingly re-elected by our members. That is testament to the confidence our members have in their directors and satisfaction with their leadership.”

One of the benefits of being a member of an electric co-op is a democratically elected board of directors. Bluebonnet’s members elect their directors, who serve staggered three-year terms. One third of the 11-member board of directors is up for election every year.

Though the directors were unopposed this year and re-elected by general consent, Bluebonnet members can still cast their vote in support of their directors. Members can vote two ways: by proxy, which members will receive in the mail this month or they can pick up at the co-op’s five member service centers, or in person at the co-op’s annual meeting, Tuesday, May 9, at the Sons of Hermann Hall in Giddings. Voting by proxy is a way for co-op members who are unable to attend the annual meeting to participate in elections and have a say in who represents them on the board of directors. 

Members who attend this year’s annual meeting will hear a state-of-the-cooperative report, learn of milestones Bluebonnet reached in 2016, have the opportunity to take care of Bluebonnet business and be entered in a drawing for door prizes. More information on the co-op’s election, directors and Annual Meeting is available on Bluebonnet’s website,, and in the April edition of Texas Co-op Power magazine. 

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative is one of the largest electric cooperatives in Texas and has been serving its members since 1939. Bluebonnet serves more than 91,000 meters and owns and maintains 11,000 miles of power lines, located across more than 3,800 square miles within 14 Central Texas counties. Bluebonnet’s service area stretches from Travis County to Washington County, and from Milam County to Gonzales County. For more information about Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, go to and follow the co-op on Facebook and Twitter.


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