Two candidates filed valid petitions by the July 14 deadline to run for the District 4 seat on the Northern Electric Cooperative Board of Directors. The seat is being left vacant by Board President Mike McHugh who has reached his term limit of serving three consecutive three-year terms.
Josh Larson of Columbia and Tanya Torguson of Bath will be the two candidates on the ballot. Voting will be held from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. during the Northern Electric Annual Meeting on Wednesday, September 13 in the Aberdeen Civic Arena at 203 S. Washington Street, Aberdeen, SD.
Only members who live or run a business or organization within District 4 can vote in the election. Only one member per membership can cast a vote in the election regardless of the number of accounts. For example, either a husband or a wife who have a joint membership can vote in the election but not both.
Results will be tabulated by a Credentials and Elections Committee selected by the Board of Directors and announced during the business meeting September 13.
Josh Larson says a desire to give back to his community is what led him to run for the vacant District 4 seat on the Northern Electric Board of Directors.
“I want to understand where our power comes from and keep our rates as reasonable as possible while serving the community,” Larson said.
Larson works at Larson Livestock, a family farm/feedlot that includes his father, uncle, and grandfather. Larson has already turned to his family to ask for advice about serving the members of Northern Electric Cooperative. Larson’s father, Ray Larson, served on the board from 1999-2008.
“He said he enjoyed being on the board and learned a lot from it,” Larson said.
Josh Larson also serves on the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Foundation Board, the Moccasin Creek Board of Directors, and he is a trustee at Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Columbia.
Larson graduated from Groton High School and SDSU where he majored in animal science.
He and his wife Desa live near Columbia with their sons, five-year-old Easton and two-month-old Bryton.
Tanya Torguson wants to be an advocate for her neighbors who live in District 4. It is the reason she filed a petition to run for the vacant seat on the Northern Electric Board of Directors.
“I just want to be a voice for the constituents and the people who live in my district,” Torguson said.
Torguson is a crop adjuster for Rural Community Insurance Services (RCIS) and lives a few miles north of Bath. Torguson grew up in Andover and worked on the family farm before moving to Brown County. Torguson is also a partner of Wolff Family Genetics which raises and sells show pigs to 4-H families in five different states.
She says she is also running for the Northern Electric Board of Directors to keep an eye on rates.
“To learn more about the rising costs of electricity and the regulations,” Torguson said.
Torguson is a past president of the Day County Crop Improvement Board, she has served on the SDSU Northeast Research Farm Board, is a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Council in Groton, and a member of the Groton chapter of Eastern Star.
Torguson graduated from Groton High School and received a degree in agronomy from South Dakota State University.
- Voting for the vacant District 4 Board of Directors seat will begin at 5 p.m. on September 13 at the Aberdeen Civic Arena and Theatre.
- Only members who live in District 4 can vote.
- District 4 is in Brown County. It is bordered by 118th Street to the north, 389th Avenue to the west, 130th Street to the south and the Brown/Day county line to the east.
- District 4 includes members who live around Columbia, Claremont, and the Prairiewood Village by the Moccasin Creek Country Club.
- Members in District 4 will receive a ballot when they register at the Northern Electric Annual Meeting beginning at 5 p.m. on September 13.
- Voting will take place between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on September 13.
- Results of the election will be announced during the business meeting which begins at 6:30 p.m.
- Call 605-225-0310 for questions about the election or your voting district.