Niilo would be proud that his son-in-law Gary (that’s me) won his first election to the Golden Valley Electric Cooperative board of directors. This was a spirited campaign with a well known Fairbanks businessman who was a one term incumbent as competition.
I was not so much running against my competition (who is a friend of mine), but because I’d been involved as a co-op member for several decades, believe in the cooperative model and have both the expertise and time to devote to helping set policy and direction for this $250 million non-profit organization.
My mom, who died last year at the age of 94, would also have been proud as she raised me to get involved in making the world a better place. Thanks, Mom.
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