Jody Dunklee of Fairfax won a three-way race with Steph Hoffman of Morrisville and Caleb Magoon of Hyde Park to earn the West Zone seat on the Vermont Electric Cooperative’s board of directors.

Members of the co-op voted on the board members. Results were announced at the co-op’s annual meeting May 11.

Dunklee fills the seat vacated by former board president Dan Carswell.

Incumbent board members Don Worth of Island Pond and Paul Lambert of Georgia were unopposed for re-election.

About 270 people attended the co-op’s annual meeting, held at Jay Peak Resort. The meeting included explanations and demonstrations of the future of electric vehicles in rural Vermont.

The event featured a panel of experts on electric vehicles, including co-op members Eric and Ingrid Nuse, who own an all-electric Nissan Leaf.

Dave Roberts of Drive Electric Vermont, Michele Boomhower of the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and Mike Davin of Nissan North America also talked about the growth of electric vehicles in Vermont, and about challenges and opportunities.

On display at the meeting were two Nissan Leafs, two Chevrolet Bolts, and a Vermont Electric Co-op Ford Fusion plug-in hybrid fleet vehicle and an all-electric ride-on lawnmower.

The Vermont Electric Cooperative, established in 1938, is a nonprofit, member-owned electric distribution utility that provides electricity to about 32,000 members in 75 communities in northern Vermont.

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