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Bedsole wins runoff to become CoServ board director

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In a runoff election for the 2014 CoServ Electric Board of Directors District 4, Clinton A. Bedsole beat incumbent Jerry Cobb to gain a seat on the board.

“I am honored and humbled to be the District 4 representative for CoServ and I am going to do everything I can to communicate with my constituents in District 4,” Bedsole said.

Results of the election were announced this week at a special meeting for CoServ members at the company’s Corinth headquarters.

CoServ announced the results of the 2014 CoServ Electric Board of Directors District 4 runoff election this week at a special meeting for CoServ members at the company’s Corinth headquarters.

Clinton A. Bedsole garnered 3,137 votes to incumbent Jerry Cobb’s total of 2,065 votes.

Bedsole, who garnered just more than 1,700 votes in the first election, said he was humbled by the results in the runoff election, which almost doubled in the number of votes cast for him in the first election.

“I want to thank everyone who supported me,” he said.

Bedsole, 42, married with three small children, said in an earlier interview that one of the main reasons he ran for the board seat was to make the company and its board more transparent.

In District 4, three Frisco residents were up for election in June. Incumbent Jerry Cobb received 1,734 votes, Clinton Bedsole received 1,749 votes and Robert Breeden received 458 votes. Because no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote, a special runoff election was called for August.

Board Chairman Clyde Geer thanked both candidates for participating in the election.

“CoServ’s mission is to deliver excellent service by providing safe and reliable energy solutions,” he said in a news release. “We remain dedicated to implementing innovative ideas that fulfill the needs of those we serve. Mr. Cobb has helped guide us on this path for a number of decades, and we look forward to Mr. Bedsole’s input as we look to a bright future.”

The special runoff election was held after neither Bedsole nor Cobb – both Frisco residents – received a majority of the vote during the annual June board elections. Ballots for the runoff were mailed to more than 153,000 CoServ members in the August edition of Texas Co-op Power magazine.

VR Election Services, a third-party independent election official, tabulated the votes, according to the news release.

“This runoff election shows the power of the cooperative business model,” Greer said, thanking members for their role in the election. “Democratic Member Control is one of the seven guiding co-op principles, and Members put this into action with their votes.”

The CoServ Electric service area, which is divided into seven districts, has board directors from two districts up for election each year. Every third year, three board directors are up for election.

Directors are required to live in the district for which they run to represent, though they serve at large.

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