DEAR EDITOR:

Ken Watson, current Delta Montrose Electrical Association Board (DMEA) board director, declares himself a candidate for the June 20 election for the DMEA Board of Directors, District 4.

“DMEA’s leaders are working every day to stabilize energy rates for our member owners. Nationally, electricity rates continue to fall, but DMEA is paying more than our neighbors. What’s worse is our wholesaler. Tri State’s, forecasts show rates rising even higher,” Watson said. “I will continue to support DMEA’s efforts to equitably exit our contract with Tri State in order to stabilize energy rates. A reliable, consistent electricity supply doesn’t have to come with Tri State’s high and unreliable price tag.”

Watson currently serves as the DMEA delegate to for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), as vice chair for Elevate Internet and on DMEA’s Finance Audit and Rates Committee. Watson has completed and received certification for the NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director program. Watson was appointed to the DMEA Board in 2018.  

A Montrose resident since 1999, Watson is a graduate of Western State Colorado University, where he received a degree in business in 1993. Watson split his first several years on the Western Slope controlling finances at both Scott Fly Rods and Gordon Composites. Watson joined Black Canyon Jet Center (BCJC) shortly after they were established in 2006.  Watson worked in several capacities at BCJC, ending his tenure as general manager and equity partner when the company was sold in 2016.

As a DMEA director, Watson has gained a solid understanding of how the energy industry is changing. DMEA needs the flexibility of local control to secure lower rates and invest in local energy development and job creation. Watson will continue using his finance and management skills to help DMEA secure a stable, dependable and affordable energy supply that leverages DMEA’s abundant local resources and creates new local jobs.

Ballots arrive by the mail May 20 and are due back to DMEA by June 20.

Ken Watson

Montrose