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Runoff planned for CoServ post

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By Valerie Wigglesworth

A record number of voters cast ballots in this year’s election for seats on the board of directors for CoServ Electric, the state’s second-largest cooperative.

But it wasn’t enough for the top two vote-getters from Frisco seeking the District 4 seat.

A runoff was announced Thursday after neither received more than 50 percent of the vote.

Incumbent director Jerry Cobb and challenger Clint Bedsole each received about 44 percent of the vote. From among the 3,941 votes cast in that race, the two were separated by just 15 votes. Candidate Bob Breeden came in third with 12 percent of the vote.

All three candidates hail from Frisco, where a proposal last year for a new high-voltage transmission line through existing neighborhoods has some people up in arms.

No one denies that more electric capacity is needed to handle the growth in west Frisco, but how that capacity will be delivered is the big question.

The proposed routes came from CoServ’s wholesale power supplier, Brazos Electric Cooperative.

Because of all the opposition, the plan has been on hold for months while Brazos — with help from CoServ and the city of Frisco — studies alternatives.

The designated route rests with the Public Utility Commission of Texas, which will choose from among the options it receives.

Cobb, 66, who has been on the CoServ board since 1990, said he wants the same thing many residents want: no huge transmission lines lining either Stonebrook Parkway or Main Street, the initial routes proposed. He said he will continue to get the word out about his campaign in hopes of winning another three-year term on the board.

“I’m doing it to serve the members of the cooperative and do what is best for all the members,” said Cobb, a retired farmer and businessman.

Bedsole, 42, was recruited to run for the board by the West Frisco Homeowners Coalition, which formed in the wake of the transmission line controversy. Bedsole, a small-business owner, is calling for better transparency from CoServ.

“There needs to be a change,” Bedsole said.

“I will be on board with giving all of the insight to the public” as the transmission line issue moves forward.

In the bid for the District 6 seat, incumbent Bill Ragsdale won another term over challenger Raj Balaguru Shrivathsa. Incumbent Clyde Geer was unopposed in his bid for the District 3 seat.