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March 20, 2003
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Five members run for Chugach board

Five Chugach Electric Association members are running for two seats on the cooperative's board of directors in this spring's election. Each seat is for a three-year term.

The 2003 candidates are Chris Birch, David T. Dorsey, Uwe Kalenka, Elizabeth "Pat" Kennedy and Jeff Lipscomb. Birch and Lipscomb are incumbents.

Birch, 52, is an engineering manager at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. He has been a Chugach member for 12 years. Birch was nominated by the Nominating Committee.

David T. Dorsey, 60, is a retired manager who previously worked for Sea-Land Service. He has been a Chugach member for 2-1/2 years. Dorsey was nominated by the Nominating Committee.

Uwe Kalenka, 58, is a self-employed property manager. He has been a Chugach member for 31 years. Kalenka was nominated by petition.

Elizabeth "Pat" Kennedy, 64, is an operations agent at Evergreen Airlines and a non-practicing attorney. She has been a Chugach member for 22 years. Kennedy was nominated by the Nominating Committee.

Jeff Lipscomb, 52, is a project management consultant and engineer for JWL Engineering. He has been a Chugach member for 20 years. Lipscomb was nominated by the Nominating Committee.

Mail-voting packets will be mailed to the 60,656 Chugach members of record the week of March 24. Members have until April 21 to return mail ballots. Voting will also be allowed at the cooperative's annual meeting April 24 at the Hotel Captain Cook. Results of the election will be announced at the annual meeting.

Chugach is the largest electric utility in Alaska, providing power for Alaskans throughout the Railbelt through retail, wholesale and economy energy sales.