Meet the candidates

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 bio is included below for each candidate.

District 4
Stephen C. Long
Steve has been a member of Piedmont EMC for 36 years and has served on the Board of Directors for 7 years. He has a Board Leadership Certificate. Steve resides with his wife, Jane, and daughters, Sarah and Jessica, in the Prospect Hill Community of Caswell County. He is a property manager and part time farmer. Steve is a member of Bethel United Methodist Church where he serves in various capacities, including Administrative Board Chairman. He is also a past Board Member of the Prospect Hill Volunteer Fire Department.

District 6
Talmadge W. Yancey
Talmadge has been a member of Piedmont EMC for 46 years and has served on the Board of Directors for 28 years. He is a Certified Credentialed Director. Talmadge resides in the Holloway Township of Person County. Talmadge is retired from construction work and is a part time farmer. He attends Olive Branch Baptist Church.

Elizabeth (Beth) Townsend
Beth immersed herself in Person County when she moved here in 2004 to be closer to family. A 13 year employee of Piedmont Community College, she has been a volunteer/board member for: Chamber of Commerce, Person County’s Futures Committee, Healthy Personians, Directors’ Round Table, State Employees Credit Union, Animal Protection Society & Roxboro Community School. Beth & her daughter are active members of Roxboro Presbyterian Church. With a passion for education & community, Beth is a firm believer in the mission & guiding principles of PEMC & welcomes the opportunity to serve her district.

District 9
Sam T. Woods
Sam, a member of Piedmont EMC for 50 years, has served on the PEMC Board for 21 years, is a Certified Credentialed Director and earned the Board Leadership Certificate from NRECA. Sam resides in the Schley Community, is a retired dairy farmer now growing hay. A member of Little River Presbyterian Church, he served as an Elder and is a choir member. Sam, a Board Member for Cedar Grove FD, served as Treasurer for 20 years. He is a member of the OCIM Finance Committee, delivers Meals-On-Wheels, is a member of the Schley American Legion and Schley Grange and served in the US Army.

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