Our 2020 Annual Meeting will look different this year!
Due to the need for social distancing, we will host a virtual annual meeting. Our virtual Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, at 11 a.m. through live streaming on dixieepa.com.
Members can vote one of three ways:
- MAIL in your ABSENTEE BALLOT or PROXY! Members will receive the annual meeting voting brochure around Sept. 21, 2020. Choose one, either the absentee ballot or the proxy. Return it using the enclosed, postage-paid envelope by Oct. 19, 2020.
- Use the ONLINE BALLOT. You’ll receive access through an email link, so check your email, or visit My Account on dixieepa.com and click Vote Now (located in the upper right corner). Online voting is available from August 24 through Oct. 19, 2020.
- Vote IN PERSON with drive-through voting held at the Laurel office from 10 to 10:50 a.m. on Oct. 24, 2020.
Our ballot will consist of the annual board elections as well as a proposal to amend the Certificate of Incorporation. Members will have to choose to be “in favor,” or “not in favor,” to allow Dixie Electric the ability to provide high-speed internet.
District 2 Candidates:
Mark Keyl of Petal is an attorney and arbitrator who is active in his community. He is a member of the Pine Belt Kiwanis Club, Southern Pines Animal Shelter board of directors and a member of the Mississippi Bar Association. He has served as president of the Trailwoods’ Homeowners Association and is also a member of the American Legion Post 146, Petal Chamber of Commerce and the Petal Community Chorus. Mark and his wife, Barbara, have one child and are members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hattiesburg.
Allen Sledge. Incumbent
Allen Sledge brought years of utility experience to Dixie Electric’s board of directors, having worked for Bellsouth, now AT&T, for the majority of his career. Allen has served on Dixie Electric’s board since 2009. He has been married to Patsy Baylis for more than 50 years, and they have three children and seven grandchildren. He is a member of Petal Harvey Baptist Church and volunteers weekly with the Petal Children’s Task Force.
Ronald Windham from Ellisville had a successful career as a businessman before retiring and opening his real estate practice in 2004. Ronald has served as past president of the Laurel Board of Realtors and is currently serving on the professional standards and legislative and regulatory affairs committees. He also serves as the treasurer of the Ellisville Rotary Club. Ronald and his wife of more than 50 years, Elaine, attend West Ellisville Baptist Church. The couple has one child and three grandchildren.
District 7 Candidate:
Dale McKee, Incumbent
Dale McKee from the Whistler community in Wayne County has served on Dixie Electric’s board of directors for three years. Dale works in public relations with the Wayne County School District and writes a weekly sports column for a dozen newspapers. He has coached youth sports for more than 20 years. Dale and wife Teresa are active in their community and members of First Baptist of Waynesboro. They have two children and two grandchildren.
The annual meeting will be live streamed on dixieepa.com at 11 a.m. on Oct. 24, 2020.