News Release: TPPB election and referendum results announced

For Immediate Release

TPPB election and referendum results announced

Two incumbents return, one new director

LUBBOCK, Texas (February 18, 2016) – The Texas Peanut Producers Board re-elected two board members and elected one new board member during elections held in January. Each person elected will serve a six year term, or until the year 2022.

Jeff Roper of Lubbock and Otis Lee Johnson of Seminole were re-elected to their seats in Voting Region One. Bill Slomchinski of Pleasanton was elected to the board as a write-in candidate and will serve in an At-Large seat.

Additionally, a referendum to increase the checkoff from two dollars per net ton to three dollars per net ton did not pass by a two-thirds vote.

News releases and legal notices on the election were sent to all major newspapers in the state. The voting period was from January 9-23, 2016. A canvassing committee counted ballots on February 5 and TDA ratified the election.

The three board members will be sworn in on March 30, 2016, during TPPB’s spring board meeting in Graham by Stuart Strnad, Texas Department of Agriculture.

The state of Texas has been divided by TPPB into four separate voting regions. These voting regions allow for board directors to more closely represent the peanut interests of a particular region of the state, and to provide representation for all Texas peanut producers on the board. Since 2014, the TPPB has consisted of 9 board members. Founded in 1969, TPPB is the oldest agricultural commodity board in the state of Texas.

The next election will be in 2018 with four seats up for election.

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