The same hands will stay steady on the wheel of the Kodiak Electric Association.

Nomination forms for election to the board of directors of Kodiak’s electrical cooperative were due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, and only incumbents Linda Freed, Jay Johnston and Gordon Gould will be on the ballot this year.

Three members of the 10-person board are up for re-election in any given year. Terms last for three years apiece, except for the Coast Guard representative to the board. That non-voting seat is filled by the engineering director of Coast Guard Base Kodiak.

Voting for the elected seats takes place by mail with results announced at KEA’s annual meeting. This year’s 71st annual membership meeting is 6:30 p.m. April 22 in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium.

KEA members appear to be satisfied with the actions of KEA’s board, which has overseen construction of the Pillar Mountain wind project and planning for a third hydroelectric turbine at Terror Lake generating station.

No one challenged the three incumbents in last year’s election, and the last challenged election took place in 2010, when Freed was selected for her first term.

That year, Gordon Gould won his third term and Jay Johnston won his second term.

Incumbents were the only options in 2009, while the 2008 election featured 10 candidates — the most in recent history.

KEA’s annual report and election ballot will be mailed to KEA members March 28, and ballots are due April 19. Each signed, postmarked envelope is counted as an entry in a drawing for two $250 credits at the annual meeting.

The next KEA board meeting is noon March 28.

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