Incumbents Paul Byl (Shelby), Mark Carson (Boyne City), and Paul Schemanski (Petoskey), were recently re-elected by Great Lakes Energy members to three-year terms on the Co-op’s board.
Carson and Byl defeated challengers in their district to earn another term, and Schemanski ran unopposed. Schemanski is from District 1 (Emmet County), and is a healthcare technology team leader at McLaren Northern Michigan hospital in Petoskey. Carson is the Petoskey Gordon Food Service store manager, an adjunct business instructor at Spring Arbor University, and resides in District 2 (Charlevoix, Cheboygan counties). Byl is a farmer from District 7 (Muskegon, Oceana counties).
Great Lakes members in these districts received their mail-in ballot in the July/August issue of Michigan Country Lines. Voters returned their ballots to a private CPA firm by Aug. 20 and winners were announced Aug. 26 at the Co-op’s annual business meeting in Boyne City.
Schemanski won with 274 votes; Carson won with 538; and Byl with 449. The District 2 challenger was Ken Tough (Charlevoix) with 58 votes; and in District 7, Anne Pawli (Montague) with 203.