Seeking Candidates for Board Districts 7 and 8

Map showing six district boundaries in blocks.

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


In 2024, the incumbent Benton REA trustees whose terms expire are Ted Wallace, district 7 and Catherine Russell, district 8. Members who meet the candidate qualifications can be placed on the ballot
for the Benton REA board of trustees.


Members who live in districts 7 and 8 will receive a ballot in June. Ballots can be returned by mail or members may bring them to the annual meeting. All ballots will be counted, and the election results
will be announced at the annual business meeting July 13.

To find your trustee district, refer to the map or contact a Benton REA member experience representative at 509-786-2913.

What Trustees Do

The Benton REA Trustees are responsible for the overall direction of the business and affairs of the co-op through the adoption of policies, budgets and providing direction to the CEO. Trustees meet at 6 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month unless otherwise scheduled.


Candidate Qualifications

Background checks will be performed on all candidates to ensure they meet the following qualifications: 

  • Must be an individual who receives electric service from Benton REA at their primary residence, which is within the trustee district up for election. If you are uncertain of your trustee district, refer to the map or call Benton REA at 509-786-2913.
  • Must have the capacity to enter legally binding contracts.
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony.
  • Is not an incumbent elected public official, or a candidate for an elective public office that is a paid, salaried position.
  • Has not been employed by Benton REA, or a subsidiary of the association, within the 10 years immediately prior to the end of the candidate solicitation period, or is not closer in consanguinity than the third degree or less to an incumbent trustee or to an employee of Benton REA.
  • Can fulfill any other reasonable qualifications, as determined by the board of trustees.

Members interested in running should contact Benton REA’s executive assistant at 509-781-6719 or by April 1.

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