DMEA’s annual meeting and election is set for June 14 at the Montrose Pavilion. Two of Montrose’s best-known political activists are facing off for the District 1 seat on the Delta Montrose Electric Association board of directors. Incumbent Bill Patterson is being challenged by Ed Ulibarri.
Both men are former Montrose city council members. Patterson, who is the current DMEA board president, has also served as a Montrose County commissioner. Ulibarri has also been a member of the Montrose-Olathe school board.
Ulibarri is a Montrose native who has owned a construction business here for more than 40 years. He also took some college-level construction courses. “I believe that learning is one of the most important things we can do,” he wrote in his DMEA candidate information statement. “My goal in life is to do the best job I can at everything I do.”
Ulibarri has said that his primary goal as a board member would be to keep electricity costs down, particularly for low-income people.
In his own candidate statement, Patterson wrote, “As your current Director, I have worked to keep our electric rates as low as possible, with an eye on new technology opportunities to keep them low.” He is also proud of DMEA’s efforts in the high-speed internet field. “Our work to provide our community with high-speed communications is proving successful with the introduction of Elevate Fiber as a subsidiary of DMEA at no cost to our DMEA members.”
Patterson is also the founder of TEI Rock Drills, a Montrose-based business that sells drilling equipment around the world. He has a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and has completed studies for a PhD in Engineering.
District 2 board member Kyle Martinez is running unopposed for a second term. Martinez, a Montrose County native, is a farmer and the manager of his family’s business, Touch of Care.
Newcomer Chris Hauck is running unopposed for the District 5 seat. Hauck is a retired attorney. “I have 40 years’ experience in the electric utility industry,” he wrote.
DMEA members have until June 14 to mail in their ballots. They can also vote in person on that date at the co-op’s Annual Meeting.
This year’s meeting will happen at the Montrose Pavilion, 1800 Pavilion Drive, in Montrose. Registration and voting will start at 4:30 p.m. Family activities, educational booths, and a free Jimmer’s BBQ dinner will occur from 4:30 to 8 p.m. DMEA will hold a business meeting from 6 to 8 p.m., when the polls will close.
David Starr will provide music. There will also be an Elevate Fiber update, an electric car show, DMEA bucket truck rides, and a variety of door prizes.