A large part of the Dwight Brown mess at Cobb EMC is almost over with the election of eight new Cobb EMC Board members so far. It is said to have cost Cobb EMC and its customer owners about $750,000 for the procedural election in September 2011, and the two board elections in November 2011 and on March 31 of this year. The March 31 election resulted in two races where no candidate received the 50 percent-plus-1 vote needed to avoid a run-off. The April 21 run-off election is projected to cost the long-suffering Cobb EMC customer owners another $250,000.
With the millions spent by Cobb EMC on legal fees and other expenses associated with the reign of Brown and the previous rubber-stamp board of Cobb EMC, the cost of the April 21 run-off election is yet another drain on Cobb EMC resources. Consider that Cobb EMC just reported a quarterly loss of $2.8 million on its most recent financial statement.
In the two March 31 races for board seats where run-offs are scheduled, the top vote-getters, Tripper Sharp and Jim Hudson, received respectively 46 percent of the vote in a nine-candidate race, and 42 percent in an eight-candidate race.
Wouldn’t it be nice if second-place finishers Charles Sevier and David McClellan recognized the long odds their candidacies face in an expensive run-off election and decided to concede? This would save Cobb EMC the expense of the election and Cobb EMC members the necessity of having to vote once again to put this chapter of the Cobb EMC problems behind us.