To the editor:

I have known and worked with Dr. Chuck Hofmann for many years. His roots are in Eastern Oregon, being born in La Grande and practicing medicine in Baker City for many years. Chuck brings a no-nonsense approach to decision-making. He has been a great addition to the OTEC board. He is a great thinker and not afraid of making tough decisions. His years as mayor of Baker City demonstrate his ability to balance a budget and still move an organization forward.

I served with Dr. Hofmann on the Baker County Economic Development Council and he realizes our utility companies are critical partners in the future of our economies. He realizes it is imperative for them to be at the table in all communities as we move forward with economic development. Chuck will take a hard look at renewable energy projects in Eastern Oregon. If it makes business sense to OTEC, he will advocate for them.

Finally, the OTEC board is approaching a crossroad. They must successfully negotiate a 20-year power agreement with the Bonneville Power Administration. This will be a $1 billion decision. We need Dr. Hofmann representing us at the table when these tough decisions are made. Please join me in voting to return Dr. Hofmann to the OTEC board.

Fred Warner Jr.

Baker City