The much-watched board of directors election for Intermountain Rural Electric Association, the state's largest power co-op, wrapped up this weekend, and those who saw the race as a referendum on longtime IREA general manager Stan Lewandowski and his conservative energy ideas are eagerly awaiting the outcome. Of the three board of directors seats up for election, the results have come in for the co-op's District 7 board seat (which represents the co-op area around Parker, Castle Pines North and Sedalia) -- and the winner is incumbent George Hier with 3,899 votes, or 68 percent of the total.
Hier's victory over Charles Bucknam, one of three candidates backed by progressive activist group IREA Voices, means that IREA Voices won't take control over a majority of the seven board seats (they managed to get one of their candidates elected two years). In other words, IREA Voices won't come out of the election with control of the board, which could have allowed them to theoretically get rid of Lewandowski and his controversial investment in a new coal plant. Still, if the other two IREA Voices candidates take their races, things could still get pretty interesting at IREA. Stay tuned as the rest of the results come in over the next few days.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.