Bain, Kouchi, Laureta nominated to run for KIUC board positions

Incumbent Ron Kouchi, retired Judge Alfred Laureta, and Puhi community activist Carol Bain were the only ones going through the Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative nominating committee to get their names on the ballot for the March KIUC board election.

Thus, their names will appear on the ballot, seeking three-year terms for seats currently held by board Chair Gregg Gardiner, Vice Chair Kouchi, and Susan Stayton.

Ballots will be mailed out to members next month, and the election results will be announced March 18.

In accordance with KIUC bylaws, members of an appointed Nominating Committee made nominations of individuals to run for three director positions on the nine-member board.

Chaired by KIUC board member Phil Tacbian, the Nominating Committee members included Sue Kanoho, Calvin Fujita, Joe Munechika and The Garden Island Publisher Shanna Pollard.

They received three resumes and letters of consideration from Bain, Kouchi and Laureta.

Each of these individuals have been selected for March’s ballot.

A director is one of nine elected representatives of the members of KIUC who collectively constitute the board of directors.

Members of the board of directors govern the business and affairs of KIUC, but are generally concerned with the broad courses of action to be followed by the utility.

Board members are not involved in the day-to-day operations of the utility.

Qualified KIUC members may also be nominated by collecting 35 signatures of other members (electric account holders) in good standing and submitting a completed Member Petition to the Nominating Committee no later than 4 p.m. on Feb. 6.

All candidates with valid petitions will be placed on the ballot for the March 18 election.

For more information on KIUC, the board or election, please see the Web site,, or contact KIUC’s election hotline at 246-4378.


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