Meet Your 2020 Trustee Election Candidates

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Mail-in ballots due July 10 for districts 4, 5 and 6

Members who live in districts 4, 5 and 6 will receive a ballot in June for the trustee election. Each membership receives one vote. Members may submit their vote by returning a completed ballot in the postage-paid envelope provided with the mailing. Mailed ballots must be received by July 10 to be counted.

Benton REA is governed by eight trustees who each represent a district of members. These trustees are elected by you—Benton REA members—to serve three-year terms.

For questions regarding the election or how to vote, call 509-786-8260.

Ron Johnson – District 4 (uncontested)

West Richland & Surrounding Rural Areas

Ron Johnson
Ron Johnson

Ron is Benton REA’s newest trustee and is very excited to be of service to Benton REA and the community. Ron is originally from Portland, Oregon, but spent many of his growing up years in and around Yakima, attending A.C. Davis High School.

He spent two tours of duty with the U.S. Army. His passion for community service was discovered after the military when he became a volunteer firefighter and reserve police officer. Ron spent 31 years as a career firefighter in Kent, retiring in 2012 as a Station Captain. During that time, he also served eight years as a Fire Commissioner with South Pierce Fire and Rescue.

Ron and Karen, his wife of 34 years, enjoy family activities with their two adult daughters and two grandchildren, as well as traveling, fishing, shooting sports and an old motorcycle.

Ron was appointed to the Benton REA Board of Trustees to fill an unexpired term in October 2018. He has since completed the program to become a Credentialed Cooperative Director.

Tim Grow – District 5 (uncontested)

Sunnyside Area

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Tim Grow

Tim is a fourth-generation grape farmer who lives just north of Grandview. He and his wife, Gina, farm 295 acres of Concord grapes and 20 acres of Niagara grapes. Tim was educated in Grandview and attended Seattle Pacific University graduating in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in History. Tim served on the Grandview School Board of Directors and retired in 2016 after 20 years of service.

Tim has been a member of the National Grape Cooperative for the past 45 years and follows his grandfather and father in serving on the National Grape Cooperative Board of Directors for the past 18 years. He has also served on the Welch Foods, Inc. Board of Directors, serving on the governance and compensation committees.

Tim has been a Benton REA member since 1989 and a board member since 2014. He is a Credentialed Cooperative Director and has earned his Board Leadership Certificate. Tim is a firm believer in the cooperative way: members joining together to create value and protect their interests through commitment to their business.

Tim and Gina have three married daughters and two grandchildren.

Scott Fisher – District 6 (incumbent)

Mabton & Rimrock Areas

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Scott Fisher

Scott is a longtime resident of the Yakima Valley. He was raised in Grandview and continues to help his father on the family cherry farm. He currently lives with his wife, Mary, on a small merlot grape farm southwest of Prosser. They have two adult children living in the Tri-Cities area.

He earned degrees from the University of Washington, Western Washington University and Central Washington University. Scott is a career educator and worked nearly 25 years for the Mabton School District. Most of his career has been spent as a special education director and school psychologist. Scott is currently the school psychologist for the Zillah School District.

Scott enjoys camping in their old Westfalia van, rescuing old cars, woodworking and making wine. He was elected to the Benton REA Board of Trustees in 2017 and has completed the NRECA coursework to become a Credentialed Cooperative Director.

Tina Randles – District 6

Mabton & Rimrock Areas

Tina Randles
Tina Randles

Tina was born and raised in Prosser. Her grandparents and parents have run small businesses in Prosser since the 1950s. She and her husband, Garry, have been happily married since 1990.

Tina has worked in the banking and crop insurance industry for more than 30 years; working closely with many locally owned family businesses and farms. Doing so, she learned the value of working closely with people and the importance of details, fiscal responsibility and contracts.

She has been a Benton REA member since 1994. In her spare time, Tina enjoys reading a good book, spending time with her husband and their bulldog, fishing and paddling on the Yakima River.

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