Five Candidates Running for Bluebonnet’s Board of Directors

For the first time in Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative’s nearly 75-year history its members will elect directors from seven districts created last year by the Board of Directors. This year, seats from districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 are up for election.

District 3, Bastrop County, is represented by three directors. One of those seats is up for election this year. Kathleen Handy and George Martinez are running to fill that seat.

Handy is a small-business owner and longtime community volunteer in Bastrop County. She and her husband, Dr. James Handy, moved to Bastrop in 2003 and opened Bastrop Regional Foot & Ankle Center, a podiatric medical practice. She sits on two nonprofit boards – Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team and Children’s Advocacy Center for Bastrop, Fayette and Lee counties – and is active in other organizations.

Martinez is a retired engineer who worked for Austin Energy, the city of Austin’s electric company, and Techline, an Austin-based utility supply company that provides equipment to the Lower Colorado River Authority, Bluebonnet and other area utilities. Martinez is a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician. He serves on board of the Bastrop County Emergency Services District #2 and is active in other area organizations. He and his wife, Cathy, live in Bastrop.

Handy or Martinez will join James Kershaw and Roderick Emanuel, who are not up for election this year, as directors from District 3.

Districts 1, 5 and 7 are represented by incumbent directors who are unopposed. Milton Shaw has been a Bluebonnet director since 2010 and represents District 1, which includes Caldwell, Hays, Gonzales and Guadalupe counties. He is a retired Shell Oil executive and is involved in numerous civic activities around Caldwell County. Shaw and his wife, Judy, live on their ranch in Caldwell County.

Ben Flencher has been a Bluebonnet director since 1987 and represents District 5, Burleson County. He is the president of Citizens State Bank, Somerville, and is involved in numerous community activities and organizations around Burleson County. Flencher and his wife, Betsy, live in Somerville. 

Kenneth Mutscher has been a Bluebonnet director since 1998 and represents District 7, Washington County. He is an agent with Farmers Mutual Insurance and provides tax and investment services. He is involved in numerous community activities and organizations around Washington County. Mutscher and his wife, Sarita, live in Brenham.

Bluebonnet directors serve staggered, three-year terms. One third of the board is up for election each year.

For more information about Bluebonnet’s Annual Meeting, the board election, candidate bios and two referendum issues that will also be on the ballot, look in the April and May issues of Texas Co-op Power magazine or on Bluebonnet’s website.

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About Will Holford

Have you ever wondered about the future of electric use? Perhaps you’re curious about how some global or national events might impact your power, the environment or your bill? Maybe you’re just interested in what’s going on at Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative. We want to share what we know, and that’s what the Bluebonnet Blog is about. Will Holford, Bluebonnet’s Manager of Public Affairs, is going to write most often for the blog. He’s been with the co-op since 2007, and has worked in communications for more than 14 years. Will enjoys learning about energy – and writing about it. He and other Bluebonnet employees (and occasional guest contributors) will get the conversation going -- about everything from where your power is generated to where it’s used, advances in technology, changes that will affect you, and interesting peeks behind the scenes at the co-op. We welcome your comments, questions and ideas. Email Will at will.holford@bluebonnet.coop.
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