Candidates Named for 2020 & 2021 Election

Candidates Named for 2020 & 2021 Election

2021 Annual Meeting Saturday, October 9th


2020 Elections

Candidate: Rodney Roberson


My name is Rodney Roberson, and I am running for the District 10 position of the Jackson Electric Cooperative Board of Directors.  I have the qualifications and experience that will represent you well for District 10.

I have lived in Jackson County my entire life and have served this community for many years, including the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Red Cross, Jackson County Law Enforcement Association and others.  I grew up in a Jackson Electric family, as my grandfather worked there for many years.  I have great loyalty to and admiration for all the men and women who work hard at Jackson Electric to deliver you reliable electric service. 

I will diligently work for Jackson Electric’s continued success. I am willing to serve and devote the time necessary to perform the job well.  I am asking for your vote in the upcoming election.

Thank you.






Candidate: James Roach


Having been raised in El Campo, we utilized an electrical Cooperative that provided electricity for our farming and ranching rural life style.  In 1988 I married my wife Joyce (Korczynski) a life long resident of Jackson County and we have continued enjoying the services provided by JEC for the past 30 years. 

I began my career with LNRA for 19 years and the City of Victoria for 15 years, both of which required in depth budgetary responsibilities.  Qualifying for retirement in 2014, began a part time position with an engineering firm and recently requested to also assist a small municipality.

Being a life long resident of rural communities, we rely on Cooperatives to provide our ever growing demands for electricity to meet our current and future needs.  JEC has provided excellent service through the years but will need to be aggressive in future years to maintain a cost effective, reliable power source and services for the customers of this cooperative.

For these reasons I feel compelled to seek election of the District 10 Board member position. I would be humbled and honored to receive your vote and serve as your Director, devoting my efforts and experience to represent the members to the best of my ability.






2021 Elections

Candidate: Michael Jacobs


I have been serving as District 3’s Director since May 2000 and currently serve as the board secretary-treasurer. District 3 covers most of Van Vleck and the area north and east including Sugar Valley and Ashwood, which is where my wife, Vicki, and I live. I have lived in the Van Vleck area for 60 years, having graduated from Van Vleck High School, as did both of my children.

While serving on the board of Jackson Electric Cooperative, I have completed the credentialed director courses, which provide directors with knowledge and skills needed to better serve our membership. We continue to work on our new metering system that will help provide our members with reliable electric service at an affordable cost. We are also working to bring high speed internet service to our homes, businesses and schools as we respond to our changing needs. As a director, I will continue to work with management, staff, and other directors to ensure we have dependable, efficient electric service.

Thank you for your support.





Candidate: Bruce Elliott


It has been a pleasure to represent the members of District 5 over the past 2 years.  As a credentialed cooperative director and a representative of Jackson Electric Cooperative serving on the South Texas Electrical Cooperative Board, I have never been prouder of the work we’ve done over the last two decades.  The winter storm of 2021 tested both infrastructure and service capabilities across Texas, and JEC more than rose to the challenge, setting an example for electric cooperatives across the state.  Even as we’ve embraced the newest innovations and kept up with the technological demands of our ever-growing customer base, our commitment to the people we service remains our top priority.  It is in this spirit that I ask for your continued support and the opportunity to represent District 5 for another term.

As your District representative, you will find someone with both decades of experience and a vested interest in the well-being of the community I serve.  I am a life-long resident of Palacios, where I graduated high school before attending Texas A&M University.  I have been involved with ranching my entire life and have continued to pursue that passion even after retiring from the oil and gas industry.  I am a proud grandfather of five and enjoy spending time with family above all else.  As we enter a new board term, my goal is to ensure that our cooperative is leading the way in providing safe, reliable energy for generations to come.





Candidate: Doug Tise


I am a lifelong resident of Jackson County and have been married to LaRhetta Poole Tise for the past 17 years. Together, LaRhetta and I, have four adult children, seven grandchildren, one great grandchild and 4 step grandchildren. We enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, car races and playing golf. 

I have learned a lot about Electrical Cooperatives in my first three years being on the Jackson Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors. I have attended trainings and have received my Credentialed Cooperative Director certification from NRECA America’s Electric Cooperatives. I plan to continue my education and certification to further enhance my knowledge of being a Cooperative Director.

I worked for Alcoa Alumina as a maintenance manager for 36 years before choosing to retire in 2009.  Shortly thereafter, I turned my interests full time to Tise Land Services Inc. where I use my expertise in right- of-way work by helping to negotiate easements for oil and gas pipelines, high-voltage power lines and distribution lines, in addition to coordinating and assisting with environmental studies and investigating pipeline, transmission line and distribution routes, and substation locations and surface sites.

The time and amount of work involved in the negotiation process for easements have changed over the years, so I feel that my knowledge and experience working with landowners will be an asset to the Board of Directors for Jackson Electric Cooperative in the future.  I have enjoyed in working with the members, fellow board members and staff of Jackson County Electric Cooperative the past three years and I am looking forward to continuing my service on the Jackson Electric Cooperative Board.

I kindly ask for your support, by voting for me in the upcoming board of director elections in October. Thank you for your consideration and support.


Candidate: Patrick Stuart


My name is Pat Stuart and I am seeking a second term as a director on the board of Jackson Electric Cooperative for District 11, which includes the Edna area. 

During my first term, I strived to maintain fiscal responsibility of keeping rates low, while maintaining the future growth of the Cooperative. I have completed the Credentialed Cooperative Director Program which strengthened my knowledge of the workings and responsibilities as a director of a cooperative to its members.

I have been married to my wife, Dodie, for 38 years.  Dodie is the Top Store Leader for HEB in Port Lavaca and they have 2 grown children as well as 2 granddaughters.

I am proud to serve on the JEC board and will continue to work with other directors to ensure the integrity and reliability of our services which includes electrical, propane and internet.

Thank you for your continued support.






Candidate: Kenneth Harter


My name is Kenneth Harter.  I was born and raised on a farm in Nebraska.  I was district manager for a feed company for 35 years, then started a property and causality insurance agency.  I was elected to the city council in Aurora, Nebraska for 8 years, then later, was elected as Mayor of Aurora for 12 years.  My wife and I, then retired to her hometown of Edna, Texas.  Here, I was elected to the board of directors for Mercer Construction Company as well as the board of directors for Mercer Controls.  I am currently serving as the Vice President of Mercer Construction and Vice President of Mercer Controls.

I am interested in the operations of Jackson Electric Cooperative.  I have worked with many people in the management field; therefore, I would like to be elected to the Board of Directors of Jackson Electric.  I am retired and have the time for meetings.  I am also an old marine.