SRP will hold elections on Tuesday, April 1, to fill 24 seats on the board and council of the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District, which oversees SRP’s electric operation, plus the positions of President and Vice President, and 22 seats on the board and council of the Salt River Valley Water Users’ Association, plus the positions of President and Vice President.
The terms of SRP President, Vice President and Board and Council seats are all four years. The officers will be sworn in May 5 and 6 following the canvassing of election returns.
Early balloting by mail is available for qualified voters in the Salt River Reservoir District. The deadline to request an early ballot by mail from the SRP Corporate Secretary’s Office is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 21. Early voting ballots may be requested by calling (602) 236-3048, by visiting the SRP Elections website at www.srpnet.com/elections, or in person from the Corporate Secretary’s Office, located at 1521 N. Project Drive in Tempe.
Qualified voters may vote in person at the SRP Voting Center, located at the SRP Administration Building, 1521 N. Project Drive in Tempe, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 24 through March 31, and from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, April 1.
District voters must own qualified land or have been appointed to vote qualified land held in a qualifying trust that is within the respective boundaries of the District, and must be qualified, registered Arizona voters. Qualified Association voters must own qualified land or have been appointed to vote qualified land held in a qualifying trust that is within the respective boundaries of the Association, and 18 years or older as of April 1, 2014.
The current SRP president, David Rousseau, and vice president, John R. “Randy” Hoopes, are both running unopposed for re-election. Rousseau and Hoopes will be seeking their second terms; they were elected for the first time in 2010.
SRP board members establish policy, approve annual budgets and set prices and fees. SRP council members amend and enact bylaws, and make appointments to fill vacancies on the SRP boards, councils or position of Vice President.
District positions up for election are: President; Vice President; one board position in each of voting divisions 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10; two at-large board positions (12 and 14); and three council seats in each of voting divisions 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.
Available Association positions are: President, Vice President, one board position in each of voting districts 2, 4, 6, 8, 10; and three council positions in each of voting districts 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.
The two at-large District board positions (12 and 14) are elected on a one-landowner, one-vote basis. All other positions are elected on an acreage basis. For example, an owner of five acres of land has five votes; an owner of one-half acre has half a vote.
More information regarding the 2014 SRP elections is available at the SRP Elections website at www.srpnet.com/elections or by calling SRP’s Elections Information Line at (602) 236-3048, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
SRP is the largest provider of water and power to the Phoenix metropolitan area.