Director James Oakley was easily re-elected to the Board of PEC, defeating challenger Carlos Palasciano. Jim Powers, who ran unopposed, was also elected. Final counts are unavailable at this hour.
The only drama occurred when the board met subsequent to the Annual Membership Meeting for the purpose of electing its officers. Mr. Oakley, who served the past year as President was replaced as board president by Director Emily Pataki.
Multiple sources inform PEC Truthwatch that the action of replacing Oakley as board president originated with the board itself. Some directors were apparently disgruntled with his leadership. The perception among some was that on too many occasions, the often controversial Mr. Oakley had overreached his authority. This blog has been critical over the past year of a number of issues associated with Mr. Oakley, who also serves as Burnet County Judge.
Mr. Oakley apparently agreed to serve as Vice President and Paul Graf was elected Secretary-Treasurer.
Ms. Pataki was elected to the PEC board in 2014 and will face re-election next year.
PEC Truthwatch congratulates Directors Oakley and Powers on their board elections. And we wish President Pataki all the best in her new responsibility as Board President.