Get ready to cast your vote!

Posted on May 08 2022 in Noble REMC

The record number of ballots returned over the past two years with mail-in voting has shown us that members, like you, prefer this option for the Noble REMC board of directors’ election. So, the week of the Member Appreciation Event on May 23, we will once again mail election ballots to your home, with a return date two weeks later.

Noble REMC’s Annual Meeting will then be held virtually on Facebook Live at 5 p.m. on June 14, just as we have the past two years. This is where we will broadcast the state of the cooperative, as well as announce the winners of the board of directors’ election. The video will stay on our Facebook page for viewing at a later time if you aren’t able to see it while it’s live.

How to Vote

All Noble REMC members will receive a paper ballot in the mail, where you will mark your vote, tear off the ballot on the perforation and send it back in the prepaid return envelope.

Ballots must be postmarked by June 7 to be counted in this year’s election.

It’s so quick and easy, you don’t even need to set it down on the counter when you return from the mailbox. Have your pen ready, make your marks and send it right back!

NOTE: Please do not include any bill payments in the prepaid return envelope. We understand it’s tempting with the free postage, but these will not be opened until our credentialed ballot committee meets in June to tally the votes, possibly making your payment late if included. Instead, call our secure pay line or pay through SmartHub, which are both free options

to you and available right from your home.

Meet Your Candidates

District 1

Jay Wysong, a Wawaka farmer who operates Wysong Farms and Prime Care Ag, currently represents District 1. He was first elected in 2019.

He attends Stones Hill Community Church, and loves to spend time with his wife, Sandy; two children; and five grandchildren. He also enjoys riding bicycles and traveling.

Why does he want to serve on the REMC Board of Directors?

“For me, it is about wanting to give back to the Noble REMC members and the community which the REMC supports. Bringing reliable electricity to our homes and businesses at an economical cost is very important to me. It takes committed individuals to step up and lead the co-op. I enjoy being involved in this endeavor.”

District 2

Formerly in agricultural sales and management and now semi-retired as a bus driver, Rick Robertson, of Kendallville, was elected to represent District 2 in 1996 and currently serves as the board’s chairman.

He serves on the boards of the Noble County Community Fair Corporation and Noble County Farm Bureau, and is a member of the South Milford Church of Christ, Brimfield/Rome City Lions Club and Noble County Emergency Planning Committee. He and his wife, Deb, have two children and three grandchildren.

What qualifies him most to represent District 2?

“I have a passion for my community and a willingness to serve. I have 35 years of experience in business and management in our local agricultural industry. I am willing to take the time to listen to members and share their concerns and needs. I am committed to lifelong learning to make the most informed decisions to benefit our present and future members.”

District 8

Doug Burnworth, a Kimmell farmer and operator of Stringtown Seed and Chemical, has represented District 8 for 18 years and currently serves as vice chairman of the board.

He is a member of Wolf Lake Baptist Church. He and his wife, Janelle, have five children and 11 grandchildren.

Why does he want to serve on the REMC board of directors?

“To be a representative and voice for the members. To build on the success of Noble REMC and to keep Noble REMC one of the top co-ops in the state.”