Three candidates for Bluebonnet’s board elected without opposition

Three candidates running for Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative’s board of directors were unopposed in their respective races and, in accordance with the co-op’s bylaws, were elected by general consent. Incumbent Directors Richard Schmidt, District 1, Caldwell, Gonzales, Guadalupe and Hays counties, and Shana Whiteley, District 2, Travis County, retained their seats on the board. Bryan Bracewell was elected to an open seat from District 3, Bastrop County.  

“This is a vote of confidence from our members for Directors Schmidt and Whiteley and a testament to the confidence our members have in them and satisfaction with their leadership,” said Matt Bentke, Bluebonnet’s general manager. “We are excited about Bryan Bracewell joining our board and are certain he will contribute greatly to our success.”

Schmidt has served on Bluebonnet’s board since 1994, presiding as board chairman from 2001 to 2014. He owned Kreuz Market in Lockhart until he retired and sold the business to his son in 2010. Whiteley joined Bluebonnet’s board in January 2018. She is a successful businessperson who owns and operates the Good Luck Grill in Manor and the Lucky Duck Café in Taylor. Bracewell will join the board in May. He is the third generation of his family to own Southside Market & Barbecue, with locations in Elgin and Bastrop.

One of the benefits of being a member of an electric co-op is a democratically elected board of directors. Bluebonnet’s members elect their directors, who serve staggered three-year terms. One-third of the 11-member board of directors is up for election every year.

Because the directors were unopposed and re-elected by general consent, there will be no board election during Bluebonnet’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 8, at The Silos on 77 event center in Giddings. However, members can still submit proxies to be used if an agenda item during the Annual Meeting requires voting.

Bluebonnet members will receive their proxy forms in the mail beginning March 7. Voting by proxy is a way for co-op members who are unable to attend the Annual Meeting to participate in elections and have a say in important cooperative issues.  Additionally, proxies are counted together with members who attend the Annual Meeting to ensure that at least 1 percent of Bluebonnet’s membership is present in person or represented by proxy to constitute a quorum. 

Members who attend this year’s Annual Meeting will hear a state-of-the-cooperative report, learn of milestones Bluebonnet reached in 2017, have the opportunity to take care of Bluebonnet business and be entered in a drawing for door prizes. More information on the co-op’s Annual Meeting is available on Bluebonnet’s website,, and in the April edition of Texas Co-op Power magazine.

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