The first phase of Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative board elections took place yesterday, with a committee of residents nominating four candidates for the three available board chairs.
• David Iha. The former provost of Kaua‘i Community College retired — at least officially — from the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents last year.
• Allan Smith. The former senior vice president at Grove Farm also retired last year, leaving a company that he helped transition from plantation to land development company.
• Ray Paler. The incumbent gained the nominating committee’s nod in 2003 as well and currently serves as board secretary.
• Dee Crowell. The incumbent and director of Planning for Kukui‘ula Development Co. won his current seat through the petition process.
Current board member Jim Mayfield, a banker nominated by committee in 2003, could not immediately be reached for comment.
The four nominated candidates will run for three seats to be vacated in March on the nine-member board.
They will be joined on the ballot by candidates who submit petitions with the signatures of 35 KIUC customers in good standing.
Petitions must be submitted by Feb. 5 at 4 p.m.
For more information, visit www.kiuc.coop.