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Members elect two to Sawnee EMC board
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Forsyth County News

CUMMING — Two people have been elected this month to Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation’s board of directors by members in the respective districts.

Members from Cumming-based Sawnee’s District 1 in Birmingham elected Roger Coker to serve as their new representative, while Tim Heard was chosen for District 6 in Matt.

Both elections were part of the scheduled director election activities for 2015.

“We are excited to be working with these new directors and welcome them in their positions,” said Michael A. Goodroe, president and CEO of Sawnee EMC.

Another seat, representing District 4 in Dougherty, was also up for consideration earlier this year. The incumbent director, Gary Porter, was reaffirmed by the members of that district.

Sawnee EMC serves electricity to about 158,600 accounts in seven counties throughout greater north Georgia.

Coker replaced Frank Coker, who represented members of Sawnee EMC in District 1 for the past 45 years. Heard replaced Preston Martin, who served for the same amount of time.

“We were very blessed and honored to have individuals of such great character as Frank Coker and Preston Martin on our board during some of our most challenging years,” Goodroe said.

As a cooperative, the Sawnee bylaws lay out a process where members who are seeking the office of director in a particular district are elected by the members of that district to represent them on the board.

For more information about Sawnee’s director election process, visit the company’s election website at