2024 Lane Electric Board Candidates

Central District

Chris Seubert

Occupation

  • Retired from Qwest Communications after 33 years
    • Manager of high-speed internet deployment
    • Manager of outside installation and maintenance

Educational Background

  • Lane Community College
  • Certified Cooperative Director
  • National Rural Electric Cooperative Association “Gold” for Co-op Continuing Education
  • National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Board Leadership Certificate

Cooperative Roles

  • Appointed to the Lane Electric Board of Directors in 2002
  • Served as President, Secretary, and Treasurer, Lane Electric Board of Directors
  • Audit Committee Chair, Lane Electric Board of Directors
  • Oregon Director, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
  • Served on the Director Advisory Committee with National Rural Electric Cooperative
  • Board of Directors, National Resolutions Committee for Telecommunications and Broadband

Civic & Public Affairs

  • Eugene-Springfield Chamber of Commerce Leadership Steering Committee
  • Past member of United Way of Lane County Resource Allocation Committee
  • Edgewood Elementary School classroom volunteer
  • Supporter of Kids Sports

Candidate Statement: I’ve been a member of Lane Electric Cooperative since 1976 and a board member since 2003 and I am asking for your vote.

A lifetime advocate for the cooperative business model, I’ve held roles advocating for members at the local, state, regional, and national levels. I currently serve as Treasurer on the Lane Electric board. I am also a member of the NRTC (National Rural Technology Cooperative) board of directors, which provides solutions that help bring the advantages of technologies like smart meters and broadband to rural America.

For most of my career, I worked in the telecommunication industry, which has been a great foundation for my cooperative roles.

Here at Lane Electric, we’re negotiating a 20-30-year contract for power from our providers at Bonneville Power Administration. Finding the right balance between low rates, reliable electricity, and environmental responsibility is a priority for the board. We must ensure all the members’ views are represented. We also must plan for our power future as we do not have the unlimited resources of BPA and will have to access power beyond what we are allocated.

We’re also looking ahead to the greater conversion of automobiles to electric power, which is an opportunity for us to address environmental concerns. This would involve us having a state-of-the-art smart meter system.

Please watch for your ballot in the mail and remember to vote.


Oakridge District

James Martini

Occupation:

  • Owner and operator Bridge Town Market in Lowell, OR.

Educational Background:

  • BS – Accounting – University of Oregon
  • Yoncalla High School Valedictorian

Civic and Public Affairs:

  • I have enjoyed working with the City of Lowell to help implement a Downtown Master Plan that will maintain our small town feel with managed growth and community development.

Candidate Statement: I am excited for the opportunity to serve on the board of directors for Lane Electric Coop. My goal is to help leadership efficiently manage its assets and resources for its members and employees.