Meet the 2020 candidates

Board of director candidates – 2020

The following candidates are running for a seat on the Piedmont Electric board of directors. Once elected, these individuals will serve a three year term helping govern the cooperative. A brief biography is included below for each candidate. Voting instructions can be found on the postcard at the center of this magazine.

District 1


DAVID POYTHRESS (DISTRICT 1) David’s background includes employment with Orange Water and Sewer Authority. David later retired from the Town of Carrboro as Street Superintendent, where he worked with municipal infrastructure maintenance and planning. “I am honored with the opportunity to continue to serve the cooperative as they meet the many challenges of today by providing safe, affordable and reliable electric service while at the same time continuing to modernize the electrical grid to meet the member’s needs and expectations related to outage notification, outage restoration, renewable energy generation and energy storage,” David said.



RANDY KINLEY (DISTRICT 2)  Randy Kinley has been a member of Piedmont Electric for 29 years and has served on the Board of Directors for 7 years. He has earned his Credentialed Cooperative Director, Board Leadership and Director Gold education certificates. He has traveled with Piedmont Electric staff to Washington, D.C. and Raleigh to advocate issues for cost control. He and his wife Diane reside in the Hebron community of Orange County. They have four children. He is retired from Honda Power Equipment in Swepsonville with 29 years of service. Randy is a member of Eastside Baptist Church of Mebane where he serves as song leader and Sunday School teacher.



STEVEN P. BAILEY (DISTRICT 5) Steven, a member of Piedmont Electric for 19 years, resides in the Woodsdale Community of Person County with his wife Ashley and their three children: Sam, Susan Claire and Margaret.  Steven is a civil engineer employed by he North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and in his career has designed and managed projects for the public and private sector. He is a member of Long Memorial United Methodist Church where he has served in various capacities including the trustees and finance committees. Steven has served on the Person County Board of Health since 2005 and is currently chairman.



RICHAL VANHOOK (AT-LARGE DISTRICT) Richal has been a member of Piedmont Electric for 35 years and has served on the Board of Directors for 15 years. He is a Credentialed Cooperative Director and has earned the Board Leadership Certificate and Director Gold Credential from NRECA. Richal resides in the Hurdle Mills Community of Orange County with his wife Savannah. He is retired from Orange County Government. Richal also serves on the following boards: Farm Bureau Insurance, Agricultural Preservation, Yolkfellow Prison Ministry, Cedar Grove Association and Trustees of Lattisville Grove Church.

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