Cooperative Principle #2
Democratic Member Control
Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. The elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary cooperatives, members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and cooperatives at other levels are organized in a democratic manner.
Comanche Electric Cooperative is divided into seven districts, and each district is represented by one director who is a resident of that district. Your directors are nominated at district meetings held in the district they represent. Each member in the district is notified well in advance and encouraged to attend this important meeting. Not only will the members in the district nominate directors, but they also can participate in discussions concerning the cooperative. The cooperative views this time spent with the members as an opportunity to share ideas and discuss the operations of the cooperative. We would strongly encourage you and your family to attend your district meeting as well as the annual membership meeting. It is our belief that a well informed owner is critical to the success of any business, in particular a cooperative. This benefit is of great value in that the elected director is chosen by his/her peers and serves those peers directly for three years.