The Nominating Committee of Access Energy Cooperative, duly appointed by the Board of Directors, nominated the following candidates to run for three year terms, all to be elected at the Annual Meeting of Members to be held August 1, 2017.
District 1: David Hollingsworth and Michael Ledger
District 2: Jerry Barker and Duane Graber
District 3: Marvin Holtkamp and Bradley Lake
David Hollingsworth and his wife Jody live in the rural Packwood. They have two sons and three daughters. David is a graduate of Pekin High School. He has earned his Credentialed Cooperative Director status in his first three years as a cooperative board member. He is a farmer and a sales representative for Pioneer Hybrid. Mr. Hollingsworth served on the Pekin Community School board as president for 12 years of his 17 years in office. David is an active member of the Packwood Christian Church. David has been a member of the Packwood Fire Department for 33 years and he currently serves as Chief. In his spare time, he enjoys running the scoreboard for Pekin volleyball and basketball and is a member of the Pekin football Chain Gang.
Michael Ledger and his wife, Patricia live in rural Fairfield. He has one daughter, two sons, and five grandchildren. Michael graduated from Pekin High School in 1973. He has farmed his entire life. He raised hogs and cattle for many years and is currently raising corn and soybeans with his son Aaron. Michael is involved in his community and has participated in many organizations, such as: Iowa Cattlemans, Iowa Soybean and Corn Growers, Farm Bureau, Jefferson County Pork Producers Board, Pork Congress delegate, Packwood Lions Club, and FSA county committee vice-chairman. He is also an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and is a 4th degree Knight of Columbus.
Mr. Barker and his wife Jean reside in Henry County. They have a daughter Carmen (Dave) Smith and a son Darrell (Diane) Barker and three grandchildren. Jerry earned a B.S. degree from Iowa Wesleyan College, and did graduate work at Western Illinois University. He completed the Dale Carnegie Human Relations and Effective Speaking course. Jerry was a manager at Blue Bird Midwest for 40 years. For three years, he was sales manager at Blockbuster, Inc. and is now retired. He has been involved in reforestation management and Christmas tree production and sales. Jerry has been involved in community, including Cub and Boy Scouts, Youth Leader, board member and organizer of the Southeast Iowa Blood Center, Lions Club, Lay Leader and board trustee at the First United Methodist Church. He has been a member of Access Energy Cooperative since 1985. Of those nine years on the board of directors, he spent three years as secretary, and three years as president. He has earned his Credentialed Cooperative Director status, holds a Board Leadership Certificate, and a Director Gold Certificate as certified by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
Duane Graber and his wife Phyllis have lived on a farm for 45 years in rural Henry County. They have two daughters, one son and five grandchildren. Duane is a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School. He worked at Goodyear for 28 years, and is currently operating a cow/calf farm in Henry County. Duane was a 4-H leader for 10 years, and on the board of the Henry County Cattlemen’s Association. He is currently on the Henry County Board of Review and is President of the Food Resource Bank of Henry County.
Marvin Holtkamp and his wife Sue reside in a rural Lee county. He is a graduate of Iowa State University. He has been on the board of Access Energy Cooperative since 2005 and recently served as president of the co-operative. He is a Credentialed Cooperative Director, holds a Board Leadership Certificate, and Director Gold Certificate as certified by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Marvin continues to manage his grain and livestock operation, is involved in various local organizations, and enjoys restoring antique tractors. Marvin’s goal is to keep electric rates affordable for its member-owners.
Bradley Lake and his two children, Hailey and Harley, live in rural West Point. Brad is a graduate of Fort Madison High School and Northeast Iowa Community College with a Associate in Applied Arts Degree in John Deere Agricultural Technology. Brad is a self-employed mechanic-technician and knows the value of a dollar. He has taken many refresher courses to update his skills. He was a reserve officer for the Fort Madison Police Department for four years. He has volunteered his time preparing chicken for the West Point Sweet Corn Festival. He was involved in 4H and active in FFA as well. For the past five years he has served on the nominating committee for Access Energy Cooperative. Brad is a honest, dedicated and hardworking individual.