Annual Meeting

Be informed about your Cooperative and have your voice be heard!

As a member-owned Cooperative, Annual Meetings provide an opportunity for members to hear reports from officers and directors, receive a financial update, ask questions and learn the results of the director elections.

Survey & Ballot Systems, an independent firm, conducts the election voting and will mail a ballot to Stearns Electric members in each voting district at least two weeks prior to the Annual Meeting. Members can vote ahead of the Annual Meeting by mail or online. Voting instructions will be included with your ballot. Members can also vote in-person at the Annual Meeting.

Any member in good standing may seek election for the Board of Directors in the district in which he/she resides. Interested candidates need to fill out an Application for Directors within the nominations window and submit it to the Secretary prior to the election. The deadline for board candidates is typically mid-January, prior to the spring elections.


Thursday, May 6, 2021
Stearns County Fairgrounds | Sauk Centre, MN
7 – 8 p.m. (Gates open at 6 p.m.)

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Annual Meeting was a drive-in. Members were invited to listen to our broadcast from the comfort of their vehicles or sit outside near our outdoor stage.


In 2021, Stearns Electric Association conducted Director elections in districts 4, 5 and 9. Elected members will each serve a three-year term. Due to a vacant Director position in District 3, Stearns Electric also conducted a Special Election in District 3. This candidate will serve a one-year term. The results of the election are as follows:

DISTRICT 3 (one-year term):

  • Christopher (Chris) Bergman – 110
  • Michael (Mike) Cramer – 147
  • Loren Estwick – 34
  • Thomas (Tom) Keller – 79
  • William (Bill) Kemp – 65
  • Vijay Puri – 109
  • James (Jim) Rasmusson – 54
  • Robert (Bob) Stommes – 70
  • Write-In – 7

DISTRICT 4 (three-year term):

  • Neil Franz – 96
  • Randall (Randy) Rothstein – 310
  • Write-In – 1

DISTRICT 5 (three-year term):

  • Anthony (Tony) Ampe – 133
  • Write-In – 2

DISTRICT 9 (three-year term):

  • Jerome (Jerry) Fries – 335
  • Write-In – 9

The next election cycle will open with the nominations window in late 2021 for Cooperative Districts 2, 3 and 6. Please check future editions of the Power Connection for information on when the nominations window opens for our next election cycle. All nominations material will be available on the Director Election webpage.


View the 2020 Annual Report.

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