Guest Post by William Boggs, former PEC Director
This post pertains to three Directors of PEC, and one soon-to- be Director: Judge James Oakley (who seems to prefer the title “Judge” over “Director” or “President of the Board of Directors”), Judge Jim Powers (running unopposed and 10 years removed from the bench), Amy Lea SJ Akers, and Paul Graf.
Two of these individuals in the current election cycle (Oakley and Powers), and two in the previous election cycle (Akers and Graf) received support in the form of multiple mail outs to tens of thousands of PEC members by an organization entitled “Texans for Affordable Electric Rates”.
But amazingly, all of these seemingly intelligent individuals disavow any involvement or association with “Texans for Affordable Electric Rates”.
One wonders how this organization obtained all of their life accomplishments, family information, and photos. And why or how would an organization with this much money and such an auspicious title vet these four candidates (ensuring at least three of their elections) without their agreement, or confirming a set of shared values?
There are 78 Electric Co-ops in the state of Texas. Many Co-ops have their annual member meetings in the month of June, and Director elections beforehand. But for the last two years “Texans for Affordable Electric Rates” has chosen to support only Director candidates that run for PEC! Why is this? Do the other 77 Electric Coops not need affordable electric rates? Their target appears to be only PEC!
Could it be that Pedernales Electric Cooperative is the largest Electric Cooperative in the United States? Could it be that PEC has over 250,000 members, and if the PEC Board of Directors were to vote to enter into Competition (“customer choice”) that this would indeed be a sweet pie to divide up for Retail Electric Providers?
Who really are Oakley, Powers, Akers and Graf answering to? Whose interests are they really looking out for? PEC members? Or a collection of external entrepreneurs and investors interested in stealing our members?
William D. (Bill) Boggs