2019 Board Candidates

Brad Blue

Brad Blue is the Connexus Energy Board of Directors candidate for District 4. He lives in Big Lake with his wife Julie, a public school elementary teacher. Together they have five, now grown, children and one delightful grandchild, and Brad’s committed to keeping Minnesota a safe and healthy place for all children, grandchildren, and generations.


Marsha Van Denburgh | District 3

Marsha Van Denburgh is the Connexus Energy Board of Directors candidate for District 3 and lives in Oak Grove. For 20 years she was a foster parent providing care for over 100 children with various special needs. She is a mom to ten children, eight adult, and two still in high school; seven of her children are adopted from the Minnesota foster care system.


James Nelson

James Nelson is the Connexus Energy Board of Directors candidate for District 2. He lives in Coon Rapids with his wife Laura and their three children. As the Director of Finance & Administration at the National Sports Center (NSC) in Blaine, he oversees financial management and human resources, but on a day-to-day basis, he deals with more than numbers.



Only 7% of Connexus Members vote in Annual Elections

Don’t throw away your ballot. Your ballot is your ticket to VOTE!

The best possible future for Connexus Energy is a future where co-op member-owners have a bigger voice in the direction the co-op will take in a changing energy landscape. The 2nd cooperative principle adopted by Connexus Energy, Democratic Member Control, requires greater member participation.

Greater member participation requires a robust election process, increased voter turnout, and widespread voter education about candidates.

7% voter turnout in recent years is embarrassing low. The result of low voter turnout is that incumbents always win.

But this year will be different with your help! Three highly qualified candidates are running in Districts 2, 3, and 4.  As Connexus members, you have the opportunity to vote for all three Connecting Us candidates, not just the candidate in your own district. Read the Connecting Us candidates' answers to the Connexus questions.

Keep an eye out in the mail for your Connexus Energy Election Ballot starting March 21st!

Meet James, Marsha, and Brad—your fellow Connexus Energy member-owners—who want to represent you on the Connexus Energy board of directors!



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