Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative members have elected Robert Fearnley of Montrose to the cooperative board of directors following a special election that concluded with the announcement of election results today.

Fearnley defeated David R. McGuigan of Little Meadows in a two-way race for the open Zone 5 seat, which went unfilled following last year’s annual meeting. The seat had been held by Michael J. Coleman of Montrose, who chose not to seek re-election when his three-year term expired in July 2018.

Claverack conducted the special election through a mail-in balloting process. Ballots had been distributed to all cooperative members in early January. Completed ballots received by the cooperative have been tabulated, and results of the special election were announced at 1 p.m. Thursday at the cooperative’s headquarters office in Wysox.

A resident of Forest Lake Township, Susquehanna County, Fearnley will serve the remainder of the three-year term for Zone 5, which expires in July 2021. Zone 5 serves Claverack consumer-members in Apolacon, Choconut, Forest Lake, Jessup, Middletown and Rush townships in Susquehanna County, and Warren Township in Bradford County.

Fearnley, a former dairy farmer, retired recently from his position as watershed specialist with the Susquehanna County Conservation District.

Directors are responsible for establishing policies and overseeing the management of the cooperative.

Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative, with headquarters in Wysox, provides electricity to more than 16,000 consumer-members in Bradford, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Tioga, Lycoming, Sullivan, Lackawanna and Luzerne counties.

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