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Candidate forum set ahead of United Power annual meeting, election

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By The Staff

BRIGHTON — Candidates for the upcoming United Power direction election will be on hand to discuss their candidacies during a candidate forum from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at the MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce office in The Orchard Town Center, 14583 Orchard Parkway in Westminster.

The forum is free and refreshments will be served. Additionally, video of the forum will be available on United Power's website — www.unitedpower.com — after the event for members who cannot attend.

One seat in each of the four director districts will be up for three-year terms this year. Candidates include:

• Lynn Hirshman and Rick Newman of the Mountain district;

• Tim Erickson, Bruce Sparrow and Thomson "Thom" Stanfield of the East district;

• Fred Depenbrock and Brian A. McCormick of the West district;

• and Bill Berens of the South district.

Ballots will be mailed to all United Power members by the end of March; completed ballots must be received by 6 a.m. April 13 at the post office or by 3 p.m. April 15 at a ballot drop-box located at each of United Power's offices. A ballot drop-box is also available in the Exhibit Hall at the fairgrounds from noon to 4 p.m. April 15. Ballots may also be cast in person at the meeting from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The forum is a precursor to United Power's 76th annual meeting and election, set for Wednesday, April 15, at the Adams County Fairgrounds Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Road in Brighton. Members should enter at the Exhibit Hall for registration beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Upon registration, members may cast their ballots in the annual election, enjoy a barbecue buffet dinner, visit educational exhibit booths and be entertained by musician Dave Connelly. Balloting will close when the official business meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. The business portion of the meeting will include reports from the president of the board and the board treasurer, and a cooperative update from the Chief Executive Officer. Election results will be announced prior to adjournment and door prize drawings will conclude the meeting.

For more information about the annual meeting or director election, visit www.unitedpower.com or call United Power at 303-659-0551.