Kathi Thomas is a long time community advocate, who has a strong record of advocating for the common good, testifying at the State Capitol many times on issues such as redistricting, public education, equal rights. She's volunteered in her community as a in PTSA, Band Boosters, DAR, her church, and others. She had a good record of getting things done.

Kathi wants to serve on the PEC Board, District 4, to be a member advocate, to help guide PEC back to their commitment of using more renewable energy, helping our members to be able to access affordable solar for their homes, and to keep those who would privatize PEC for personal profit from making that change. Being a small business owner, she understands that the cooperative model serves our members well, because there's no drive for profit for shareholders. For PEC, profits are either reinvested back into the company to make better infrastructure and/or returned to our members in the form of "Capital Credits," and Kathi wants to be sure that continues.

Hays County, where Kathi lives, is one of the fastest growing counties in the State, and that growth may start to tax our energy sources, if we don't work to "flatline" that growth. Kathi believes that by putting more solar on people's homes and businesses, we may be able to "solarize" our way out of needing more capacity, which will save money (and our air) in the long run. More solar also means that PEC isn't paying so much for "peak usage" energy, because the solar should help to stabilize energy use.

Kathi asks for your support, to help keep the Hill Country beautiful, with clean air and water, and the lights on, with the best possible prices.

A little history here about the PEC:  The Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) was begun in 1937, with the aid of then Congressman Lyndon B. Johnson, the Congressman from the rural, unelectrified Texas Hill Country. He worked with local families to join this new idea of a cooperative and work together for the common good, and then worked with the Federal Government to loosen their rules for loans for electrical co-ops, so that this beautiful part of Texas could get electricity, and begin to enjoy the benefits.

Over the years, the cooperative model has served its members well, keeping prices down and reliability up, as that was the mission of PEC. Sadly, some of the Board members and the General Manager took advantage of the members' trust, but in 2008, a group of reformers wouldn't take "no" for an answer when they started asking questions. The result was reform: bylaws that opened the nominating process up so that anyone could run for the Board, and more transparency in general. Recently, that transparency has been dribbling away, along with the commitment to renewable energy, and so Kathi is running to bring transparency and renewables back.



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    “I'm with Kathi. Worked with her on many important issues for 10 years now. She cares. She'll work hard to make sure ratepayers/members get the best value for their dollar, and she'll work to make sure protecting the environment is a key component in that value equation. Kathi has never let me down and I wholeheartedly endorse her candidacy.”

  • endorsed

    “Kathi is a leader who listens and shows up! very happy to support her next step in public service!”

  • endorsed

    “Kathi is smart, energetic, honest and a strong advocate for environmental issues.With integrity guiding her decisions she will be an effective board member for PEC. Jean and Bill Avera”

  • endorsed

    “The PEC is far more important an entity than one might think at first blush. It’s now overrun with anti-renewables types and one director who called for a tree and a rope for an incarcerated black man. Pls give Kathi your 100% support in this short but exceedingly important elective office.”

May 15, 2019

Vote on May 24!

Remember that this is not a governmental election- it is the election for the Board of our member-owned electric cooperative. As such, everyone who receives a bill from PEC is a member and is eligible to vote. Please be SURE to note whose name is on the envelope- if you’re in a 2- adult household and both names are on the envelope, then either can vote. If just 1 name is on it, then that person needs to vote. PEC will mail ballots next week- it could arrive before May 24, but please, don’t send back until May 24- It may not count if you do! (Early Voting continues through June 14.) You can vote by mail (most do) or online through the election portal you will be sent. If you want to vote online, but don’t have access to computer, you can go to your local PEC office and vote there, but be sure to bring your information with you that PEC will send you. You’ll need that to vote online.

You can also vote at the Members' Meeting on June 22 in Horseshoe Bay, but I encourage you to Early Vote. Then, attend the meeting if you can, but if something comes up, you know you've voted- we can't "afford" to leave any votes unvoted in this election! I encourage you to mail your ballot in on May 24. That way, you’ve voted, you know it is done, and it has plenty of time to get to Johnson City. If you do social media, I’d love for you to take a selfie with your ballot in its envelope as you’re mailing it, and post on your social media, be sure to also post to or tag Kathi T for PEC, so I’ll get it, too.

With me on the PEC Board, you’ll know you’ve got a woman you can trust, one who will work for us, not some nefarious group looking to monetize our co-op for personal gain.

Kathi

May 15, 2019

Why vote for me for your District 4 PEC Board Member?

  • I won’t vote to sell off PEC to a for-profit company. I believe we will continue to work best as a member-owned cooperative, where WE are the owners, not some distant stockholders who only want profit for themselves. As members who use the service 24/7, we understand the importance of reliable and reasonably priced electrical service.
  • Transparency is important to me. I’ll advocate for livestreaming all Board and committee meetings, so that members can see what’s happening in real time, not wonder if things were edited out when it’s posted later.

  • I’m the only progressive running in District 4, and the only full-throated supporter of renewables, not just for what they will do for our pocketbooks in the short term to save money, but for what they’ll do for our children’s future.
  • I’ll be an advocate for members, an everyday board member for everyday people, instead of someone who has his eye on making somehow monetizing his position on this Board.
  • I’ll treat PEC's employees fairly and with the respect they deserve. They’ll know they’ve got a Board Member who has their back.
  • I will look for other opportunities to serve to the folks of PEC, including broadband services. Other electrical cooperatives are taking advantage of some of the programs to bring high speed broadband to their members, and I believe we need to do what we can to do this, too. Right now, our young people are leaving the more rural areas, because they don’t have good access. Broadband today is nearly as necessary as was electricity in the late 1930’s, when PEC was formed. If you don't have access to good broadband, please let me know.

April 23, 2019

Every Day Should be Earth Day

Yesterday, we celebrated "Earth Day"- a day when we're supposed to focus on doing good for this beautiful earth for which we're supposed to be good stewards, and while I think it's good to stop and really look at what is going on, every day should be Earth Day.

Just as if you buy your Mom lovely flowers, treat her to a nice dinner and give her a beautiful card on Mother's Day, but treat her like dirt the rest of the year, no one would blame her for not taking you seriously on that one day you treat her nicely, we should focus on what we do in our everyday lives to make our earth more sustainable.

That starts in our individual lives-  it could mean getting an electric or hybrid car for those who can afford it, or simply planning our trips to drive less for the rest of us. It's in our choice of products, are we buying overly processed foods or overly wrapped products? Or are we buying from our local Farmers' Markets, helping support our local farmers, and buying locally created products?

With energy, we can't all afford solar panels on our homes, but we can encourage our local energy co-op to put more into community solar farms. With community solar farms, virtually everyone is able to afford to "buy in" to sustainable living. We have 11 of these farms up and running in PEC, with plans for 4 more, but I believe we should have them in every community in our service area.  Not only is this good on the earth, it is good on our pocketbooks. By having community solar farms, at "peak electricity" (generally that 5 PM hour, especially in the very hot summer,) when power we'd ordinarily be buying is the most expensive, we can rely on these community solar farms to level off our peak demands, keeping our prices down, so that everyone wins.

Solar isn't just about doing what's good for the earth, but also about what is good for people in terms of cost and our future.

We need a PEC Board with a strong commitment to keeping our rates down, service dependable, of course! But we with that commitment, we need minds open to newer ideas, ways to save money, ways to make our service even more reliable. For example, micro-grids are becoming popular in parts of the country that see a lot of service outages due to weather. We do experience some pretty terrific wind storms, so it might be something we should be researching. We should always be looking to the future. We're one of the fastest growing areas in the nation, and PEC is adding more homes every year than the size of most individual electric co-ops in total. Community solar farms and micro-grids may be one way to approach that opportunity.

Let's go forward and see!

April 18, 2019

PEC Candidates' Forum Tonight

There's a PEC Candidates' Forum at 5:30 this afternoon in Johnson City at PEC's home office- read more about it HERE. Would love to see friendly folks there!
Note that I may be whispering my statement- I've had no voice since Monday.

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Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

    “I'm with Kathi. Worked with her on many important issues for 10 years now. She cares. She'll work hard to make sure ratepayers/members get the best value for their dollar, and she'll work to make sure protecting the environment is a key component in that value equation. Kathi has never let me down and I wholeheartedly endorse her candidacy.”

  • endorsed

    “Kathi is a leader who listens and shows up! very happy to support her next step in public service!”

  • endorsed

    “Kathi is smart, energetic, honest and a strong advocate for environmental issues.With integrity guiding her decisions she will be an effective board member for PEC. Jean and Bill Avera”

  • endorsed

    “The PEC is far more important an entity than one might think at first blush. It’s now overrun with anti-renewables types and one director who called for a tree and a rope for an incarcerated black man. Pls give Kathi your 100% support in this short but exceedingly important elective office.”