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New-energy candidates powerless in IREA election

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Incumbent board members soundly defeat challengers

By Nicole Queen

Challengers for three seats on the board of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association — who called for more openness and a willingness to embrace alternative energy sources — were soundly defeated in last week’s elections.

The three challengers all were endorsed by IREA Voices, a group of co-op members who say IREA is mired in fossil-fuel thinking and lacks transparency in the way it does business.

• In District 7, incumbent George Hier received 3,899 votes, to 1,862 for Charles Bucknam.


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