Walter Gregory Cuivre

Walter Gregory. Courtesy photo


Don Gerken. Courtesy photo

TROY – Pike County members of Cuivre River Electric Cooperative can now vote to fill the county’s set on the organizations Board of Directors.

Walter Gregory of Bowling Green, who served as a director for Pike County since 1986, is challenged in the election by Don Gerken of Eolia.

According to biographies published by Cuivre, Gerken is a foreman and project manager at a St. Charles glass company and maintains a farm in Pike County.

During his long tenure on the board Gregory served as president for 12 years and also serves on the board of the Central Electric Power Cooperative, a cooperative of cooperatives that delivers power to Cuivre. He is also a Pike County farmer.

In a summary of their views published by the cooperative, both men stressed the importance of reliable electricity and the difficult business of navigating federal regulation and the prospect of transition to more renewable energy sources.

Voters are also going to the polls in one of the cooperative’s districts in Lincoln County, Warren County and St. Charles County. They can vote online, by mail or on a paper ballot. Paper ballots must be received by close of business on Monday, August 19. Online voting will continue until 11:59 p.m. that same day.

Votes can be cast in person at Cuivre’s Annual meeting at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22 at the Lake St. Louis branch office. The meeting will also be streamed online at

An added incentive: a prize of free electricity for a conscientious and lucky voter, whether or not they attend the annual meeting.

“The format of our annual meeting has changed, but the opportunity to win prizes has not,” said Kevin Hurd, Cuivre’s manager of administrative services. “The difference is that members do not have to attend the annual meeting to win. They simply need to vote.”

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