Vote in LCEC elections
To the editor:
My name is John D’Esposito, and I am a candidate for the Board of Trustees of Lee County Electric Cooperative. The election is happening from the beginning of March to the beginning of April, and all LCEC members can vote for all positions.
The most important issues in the election are: continuing a steady, reliable source of low-cost electricity for the members and finalizing the franchise agreement with the city of Cape Coral, which has dragged on for too long, and cost both sides too much in legal bills. We need to harden our distribution system against weather and climate-related events, such as hurricanes and tornadoes, to assure that the members have reliable power. We also need to work to protect the grid from cyber attacks from rogue nations and hackers. As a cooperative, we need to have more communication with our members, so they can participate to a greater extent. Presently, LCEC purchases all of the power from Florida Power and Light; we need to investigate other sources, including solar and wind, as well as saving power purchase dollars through energy efficiency.
I moved to Cape Coral in 2013, after I retired as a law enforcement officer and as a teacher in a technical high school in Vermont. I have an extensive history of service to my community, including 18 years as a school board member, and 20 years as a volunteer firefighter. I served on my county’s Mental Health Board, which operated outpatient treatment services to the community and hosted a variety of other organizations, like Foster Grandparents, Head Start and RSVP. I was the chair of both our county’s community anti-drug coalition and the community/police partnership involving underage drinking. Both of these groups won national awards and developed programs that became national model programs.
As a teacher, I started and was the advisor to our school’s SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions chapter, which was the 2010 National Chapter of the Year in 2010. The SADD chapter won national awards or contests in the areas of teen dating violence prevention, highway safety and alcohol and drug prevention. A trustee of the Rutland Italian-American Club, I helped rebuild the club after it was gutted by an arsonist’s fire, and initiated and held a dinner for the families of our local National Guard Unit, when it was deployed to the Middle East. My work on this project resulted in my getting an award from the Vermont National Guard. Our electric company had a very active customer advisory committee, which I served on for three years and was the chair.
Please vote in the election, by mail, by phone or by computer, as it is your electric cooperative.