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Friday, July 12, 2024

Fifth Villager joins race for seat on SECO Energy Board of Trustees

Paul Embs

A fifth Villager has announced his intention to run for a seat on the SECO Energy Board of Trustees

A special election will be held in May to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of SECO trustee Richard Belles, a Village of Polo Ridge resident.

Paul Embs, a resident of the Village of Pennecamp, is a former electric cooperative president and CEO (2005-2015) and has 25 years experience in electric cooperative management. Embs has served on several boards and energy-related committees at the national, regional and state levels. While living in Kentucky, Embs served as chairman of the local hospice and also a community foundation board and was active in regional economic and industrial development. 

Other Villagers vying for the SECO seat in District 3 are:

Gerald Anderson

• Gerald Anderson, of the Village of Belle Aire, who enjoyed a long career in business before being appointed director of operations for Bucks County, Pa., serving a population of 650,000 and covering 622 square miles. He was responsible for design, construction and opening of a $150 million state-of-the-art justice center complex located in Historic Doylestown, Pa. The Marine Corps veteran also served four six-year terms on the Board of Supervisors of Warrington, Pa.  

Barry Evans
Barry Evans

• Barry Evans served on the SECO Energy Board of Trustees for eight years before resigning after he moved out of District 3. He has since moved back into District 3 and is seeking to return to the board. Evans enjoyed a long career as a city manager in various parts of the country before retiring to The Villages. Evans is also a columnist for Villages-News.com. His “Life in The Villages” column appears each weekend. He and his wife live in the Village of Harmeswood of Belle Aire.

Bryan Lifsey

• Bryan Lifsey serves as the chairman of the Community Development District 2 Board of Supervisors. Lifsey has been a longtime fixture as the office manager at Seniors vs. Crime in The Villages. He and his wife have lived since 2003 in the Village of Alhambra. Lifsey served 37 years in the U.S. Army. He served 15 years on active duty with assignments in Vietnam, Korea and Hawaii, and 22 years in the reserves before he retired from military service in 2005. While in the reserves, his full time job was with a major insurance company in Connecticut. He retired from the insurance company in 1998 and moved back to his hometown of Chattanooga, Tenn. Lifsey ran against Belles in January, but lost that contest.

Aileen Milton

• Aileen Milton is best known for her role as the leader of The Villages Tea Party. She is also the founder of The Villages Conservative Media. She has previous experience as a certified property manager in both commercial and residential real estate. Milton also served as a volunteer in 1992 at the Republican National Convention. If elected, she would be the only woman serving on the SECO Board of Trustees.

Polls will open at 4:30 p.m. May 13 at Savannah Center. Election results are expected by 6 p.m.

Households in District 3 get one vote each. 

District 3 is one of nine districts with representation on the SECO Board.

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