News Release: TPPB will hold 2016 biennial elections and referendum

For Immediate Release

TPPB will hold 2016 biennial elections and referendum
Voting opens January 9 for Texas peanut farmers

LUBBOCK, Texas (January 7, 2016) – The Texas Peanut Producers Board will hold an election for three expiring directors’ seats. Additionally, TPPB is holding a referendum on statewide increased checkoff amounts. The election and referendum will be held from Jan. 9-23, 2016.

There are two seats open for election in Voting Region One, which consists of the following 44 counties: Andrews, Bailey, Brewster, Castro, Cochran, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Dallam, Dawson, Deaf Smith, Ector, El Paso, Gaines, Glasscock, Hale, Hartley, Hockley, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Lamb, Loving, Lubbock, Lynn, Martin, Midland, Moore, Oldham, Parmer, Pecos, Potter, Presidio, Randall, Reagan, Reeves, Sherman, Swisher, Terrell, Terry, Upton, Val Verde, Ward, Winkler and Yoakum counties. Nomination applicants must reside in a county listed above to seek nomination in this region.

There is one seat open for election of an At Large TPPB board member. The At Large member may be from any of the 254 counties in Texas so long as they meet the requirements below.

Voters will be voting for qualified candidates who have sought nomination within the respective TPPB voting regions where elections are to occur. Nominees for the two seats in Voting Region One are Jeff Roper, Lubbock County, and Otis Lee Johnson, Gaines County. Travis Bennett, Terry County, has been nominated for the At Large seat. Voters may also vote for board members by “writing in” the name of any eligible persons.

TPPB is also conducting a referendum on statewide increased checkoff amounts for peanuts in conjunction with the 2016 Biennial Election. Eligible voters from all four voting regions will decide if an assessment of up to $3 per net ton of peanuts, which is produced and sold in Texas, would be collected and submitted to TPPB, effective May 1, 2016. The current assessment rates have remained fixed since 1990, despite vast economic changes over the years.

Peanut producers eligible to vote in the elections and referendum are persons, including the owner of a farm on which peanuts are produced or the owner’s tenant or sharecropper, engaged in the business of producing peanuts or causing peanuts to be produced for commercial purposes for at least one production period during the three years preceding the date of this election and referendum (Jan. 23, 2016). For a producer to vote in Voting Region One, the voter must reside within one of the counties stated above. Any qualified producer may vote for an At Large nominee.

The elections and referendum will be held by mail ballot. Referendum and election ballots containing the nominations of all persons who have validly filed will be available Jan. 9, 2016, at peanut buying locations and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in each of the appropriate voting regions, or by writing TPPB. Voters will be voting for qualified candidates who have sought nomination within the respective TPPB voting regions where elections are to occur. Voters may also vote for board members by “writing in” the name of any eligible persons. All voters otherwise qualified to vote as peanut producers must reside in a county within the TPPB voting region where they seek to vote.

For a ballot to be valid, it must be mailed to the TPPB, 4205 N. I-27, Lubbock, Texas 79403, with a postmark date of no later than Jan. 23, 2016.

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