Reasons to Support Tom DeLong:
There is a real effort to replace Tom and get a retired GVEA Manager on the board. Tom needs your support to retain his position on the board:
Please help re-elect Tom Delong:
If you would like
to assist in the campaign, here are 3 ways to help:
Scripts will be provided
2592 Doc John Road, off of Goldhill Road
Food (dinner) drinks, snacks, phones, lists provided
6 to 10pm on Tues/Wed 13/14 May
Call 479-5045 for more info
2. Contact Tom DeLong and review the District 2 List and commit to calling those folks on the list. A master list will be kept to keep members from getting repeat calls.
3. Talk to your friends at work and play and consider writing a letter to the editor in support of Tom
Tom Delong won re-election to the GVEA board with 58% of the vote.
Thanks for your support!
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Questions for Tom?
Tom has lived in Fairbanks since moving here when he was 17 years old. He and his wife Ann have college and high school age daughters. Tom has worked in the fishing, mining and tourism industries. He has worked at ABR, Inc. Environmental Research & Services as the Office/Contracts Manager for the last 15 years. Tom has also owned and operated Tolovana Hot Springs, a remote natural hot springs, for the last 18 years. He is a past board member of the Alaska Green Star and The Alaska Wilderness and Tourism Association. Tom has coached outdoor and indoor youth soccer teams for the last 12 years. His primary outdoor activities are skate skiing, back country skiing, hiking, biking, boating, hunting and fishing. When the weather is good and the busy life slows down Tom enjoys flying his 1946 Taylorcraft.
Letter to the Editor:
Golden Valley Electrical
Association (GVEA) members will soon receive mail-in ballots for the board
election. For those who live on the west side of town (Dist. 2), let's
recap why you should pull the ballot from "junk mail" and return
it with a vote for Tom DeLong.
In 2006, GVEA promoted
a spin-off of their power generation and transmission systems to an entity
without direct accountability to coop members. Delong was the only board
member to openly challenge the proposal. At the December 2006 special
election, the idea was overwhelmingly rejected by GVEA member/owners.
Fourteen months later,
a GVEA nominating committee decided that despite Tom's position as an
incumbent board member, he was insufficiently qualified to run for re-election.
Tom's friends gathered signatures to restore his name to the ballot in
Look what happens
when public utility assets are spun-off to independent owners. In the
1990s, Enron vigorously lobbied for laws forcing California's power companies
to sell their power plants to independent companies.
paid about $50 billion for an amount of electricity that cost about $7
billion two years earlier. During the scam, Enron CEO Ken Lay told the
Chair of the California Power Authority, "In the final analysis,
it doesn't matter what you crazy people in California do, because I got
smart guys who can always figure out how to make money."
If not for Tom DeLong's
leadership, our cooperatively-owned facilities could have been sold to
an Enron-like corporation, without a vote of GVEA's member/owners. Learn
what could have happened; rent the movie "Enron: The Smartest Guys
in the Room". It's a documentary researched by reporters from Fortune
Movie critic Roger
Ebert highly recommends this movie, and it's available to rent locally.
According to Ebert, "This is not a political documentary. It's a
crime story. No matter what your politics, "Enron: The Smartest Guys
in the Room" will make you mad." Also see my website SaveGVEA.com.