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Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative names New Chairman


David J. Jones of Bracey was recently elected by fellow board members to serve as chairman of the board for Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative following the retirement of Robert W. (Bobby) Conner.  Jones has served on the MEC board over 30 years and is also a member on the board of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC), the power supplier for MEC and 10 other electric cooperatives.


Jones has represented Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative on ODEC’s board since 1986 and currently serves on the finance committee, the rate committee, and is chairman of the nominating committee of ODEC.


“There are many challenges in the electric industry.  Dealing with the number of regulations involved in providing electric service gets rather complicated, to say the least; and costs are continually rising for generation-and-transmission cooperatives to build new power plants to supply the needs of the future,” Jones said. “As a board, our mission for Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative is to meet the increasing demand for electricity, to accommodate that need at an affordable price for our members, and to continue providing the stellar service to which our members are accustomed.”


A crop and livestock farmer, Jones owns and operates Big Fork Farm, where he raises flue-cured tobacco and small grains.  He also tends a commercial beef herd and operates a Perdue poultry-breeding house. He and his wife, Rhina, live in the Bracey area.  They have three children–Chris and his wife, Beth; Angela; and Katherine and her husband, Chris–and six grandchildren.


The other officers of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative are Vice Chairman Michael McDowell of Vernon Hill, Secretary-Treasurer Stan Duffer of Red Oak and Assistant Secretary John Waller of Hurt.


Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative is the not-for-profit consumer-owned energy provider to over 31,000 homes, farms and businesses located in portions of the counties of Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Pittsylvania, Southampton, and Sussex.  It is headquartered in Chase City with district offices in Chase City, Emporia and Gretna.  For more information, visit www.meckelec.org.