A meeting of the Lane-Scott Electric Nominating Committee was held on Monday, June 7, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. in the offices of the cooperative at 410 South Hight Street in Dighton.
Members of the Nominating Committee present were Lex Bush representing Lane and Gove counties; Randy Scheuerman and John Beaton representing Logan and Scott counties; Lane Copeland and Kenneth Schlegel representing Ness and Rush counties. Also attending were attorney Joseph Gasper and General Manager Richard McLeon.
By vote the committee nominated the following individuals to be elected by the members at the annual meeting of members:
Lane and Gove District
Richard Jennison (incumbent): Richard Jennison is a lifelong resident of rural Healy in Lane County. He graduated from Healy High School and Kansas State University. Jennison and his wife, Diana, have three grown children. He has been a member of the Lane-Scott Electric Board of Trustees for 39 years currently serving as President. He is an active member in the United Methodist Church of Healy.
Sara McWhirter: I have lived in Lane County for 33 years. I was born and raised in Kansas. When I first moved to Dighton, I only worked on the farm and ranch. Then after 3 years I went to work for the Lane County Hospital and was a CNA and CMA at the hospital for 2 years. I then worked for the Lane County Medical Clinic (a division of the hospital) as the Clinic Nurse for 13 years. I left the clinic and hospital in 2006, when my son was deployed, with the National Guard. He still continues to serve to this day. I have been a business owner of Sara's Storage Sheds since 2008. My husband and I farmed and ranched together until his death in 2017. I continued to run the farm and ranch as trustee of his trust since his death. This year we have begun the distribution of the trust.
I was raised in Plainville, Kansas. I attended and graduated from Plainville High School. While in high school I was active in 4-H, FFA, and multiple athletic events. I had accounting in high school and have used it ever since.
As the trustee of my husband’s trust, I have managed and paid off 10 loans, that included 4 land loans, 3 tractor loans, 2 vehicle loans, and a cattle loan. I managed all the investments, as well as Checking and Money Market. I took care of the Beef herd and bought and sold as needed.
I realize that things are not simple and that we are in a difficult situation and uncertain times in the United States. We have all learned that life is a struggle and that there will always be ups and downs. I would like to work with Lane Scott to see what the future holds for the Electric Business and its Stockholders.
Ness and Rush District:
Harold Hoss (incumbent): With the 101st airborne division I came home and went back to school, graduating from Emporia State Teachers College with a degree in elementary education. At this point I received a teaching position with the southwest Kansas education cooperative and started farming. I taught school and farmed for 3 years. At this time farming won out and I devoted my time totally to farming. Thirty-six years ago, I was given the opportunity to serve on the Lane Scott board. I have had the pleasure of working with a lot of good and interesting people. I would like to continue to work for the people of Lane-Scott.
Scott and Logan:
Craig Ramsey (incumbent): I am a lifelong resident of Scott County, having graduated from Scott Community High School, Colby Community College and Kansas State University. My wife and I have two grown children and nine grandchildren. I’ve served on the Lane-Scott Electric Board for 15 years and have obtained the Credentialed Cooperative Director and Director Gold certifications through training by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.