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McMahon nominated for APPA board

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MASSENA - Massena Electric Department Superintendent Andrew J. McMahon has been nominated for a spot on the American Public Power Association Board, and MED officials have approved his pursuit of the seat.

Mr. McMahon notified the MED board of his nomination at last week’s meeting, but he says that this is only the first step in a potentially long process.

“What (happened) at the board meeting was only approval to be nominated. I wanted to make sure that the MED board would support my pursuit of this board position,” he said. “The election is not until June. This is just the beginning of the process.”

The APPA is a non-profit service organization for more than 2,000 U.S. community-owned electric utilities that serve more than 47 million people in the country. The organization was founded in 1940 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

The group’s mission is to “advance the public policy interests of its members and their consumers and provide member services to ensure adequate, reliable electricity at a reasonable price with the proper protection of the environment.

“There is a position on the APPA board that has opened up, and I have been approached. ... I was looking for the board’s approval for my pursuit of the position,” Mr. McMahon said last week. “This is just a nomination, and there wouldn’t be a vote until June. There are other people who might run, but at this point, it doesn’t appear there are other people who are going to run.”

The superintendent noted that he would be very honored if he were elected to the board, but realizes that that reality is still a long way from happening.

“If I were elected that would be quite an honor. This is the leading body representing public power nationally and to be on the board of directors to help set policy would be a great opportunity,” Mr. McMahon said. “However, I am a long way from even being put on the ballot.”

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