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2022 Candidates for Director


John Irwin

Elmhurst Member: 45 years

Mr. Irwin’s experience in the electrical industry is extensive. He has served on the Board of Directors at Elmhurst Mutual for more than 45 years and is currently one of our directors. He has served as president of the Washington Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and he remains on the WRECA Board of Directors as Elmhurst’s representative where his duties include lobbying the state legislature regarding electric utility issues.

In 2009, Mr. Irwin was recognized by the Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA), and he received the John M. George Public Service Award. In 2017 Mr. Irwin received the Bill McCrorie distinguished service award also from NWPPA, and in 2018 he completed the Credential Cooperative Director Program through NRECA. Mr. Irwin is the past president of the National Electrical Contractors Association, Southwest Washington Chapter. During his working career, he was a partner at Washington Electric, a commercial electrical contracting firm.

“I am proud of the fact that I have been a part of the decision making for Elmhurst Mutual over the last 45 years as your board member. I thank you for your support in the prior years and would once again appreciate your vote in this upcoming election.”


Leo Dreith

Elmhurst Member: 43 years

Leo Dreith is currently serving as your President on the Board of Directors of Elmhurst Mutual Power and Light Company. Leo is a retired commercial banker with over 38 years of financial experience.

“I am running for re-election to the Board of Directors of Elmhurst Mutual Power and Light Company.

I am honored to serve as your President and look forward to our future. That future includes fiscal challenges as our economy recovers from the pandemic and increasing rates from Bonneville Power. In the past few years, we have completed the major rebuild of two

sub-stations. Our area continues to grow with both residential and commercial developments. Your Utility is working hard to manage this growth without compromising our mission to maintain low-cost power to our members.

My financial experience brings a unique perspective to the Board. That experience provides sound conservative skills that I believe help support the fiscal health of your company. The financial strength of Elmhurst Mutual Power and Light Company has allowed the board to maintain the power rates as one of the lowest in the State.  Our future is uncertain; however, my desire to serve as your President remains strong. I thank you again for your support for re-election.”


Daniel Hankins

Elmhurst Member: 6 Years

“Hello, hola, and to my Samoan friends: Talofa.

I’m running because I believe it’s time for a fresh approach. I know what it’s like to be without power for extended periods. I’ve seen my breath indoors.

I believe that more personal outreach, education, and assistance to help lower our utility bills is needed NOW, and I will work hard to deliver it to you.

The official stuff: I worked in the Florida Senate as an analyst on the public utilities committee. I hold masters degrees in Business Administration and Film Production and speak fluent Spanish. I’m a member of the Tacoma/Pierce Chamber of Commerce board of directors, and I co-founded a family video production business focused on education and outreach for government agencies and non- profits.

I understand power, can navigate bureaucracy, and will keep you informed and up to date in a timely and simple manner. I humbly ask for your vote. If you select me, I will not only listen to your concerns, I will ask you about them personally. Thank you, gracias, and faafetai!