The ARC is dedicated to shaping our great society through the positive impact of an active, involved citizenry. We seek to lay the foundation for a better America by promoting citizen education on issues currently impacting our country, including energy consumption, environmental impact, consumer freedoms, and other dynamics impacting household incomes and the overall well being of the American family and America’s small business community.

As a Member of the Pedernales Electric Cooperative, you are a part-owner of the largest electric cooperative in the entire world! Unlike most utility companies, a democratically elected Board of Directors runs the PEC.

Texans for Affordable Electric Rates, our project to fight for more affordable electricity in Texas, has reviewed the candidates and their backgrounds and urges you to support the following:

Judge Jim Powers

Director, District 4

A proven leader in every regard – business, politics and personal life – Judge Jim Powers stands ready to offer a wealth of recognized fiscal and governmental experience as a member of Pedernales Electric...

A proven leader in every regard – business, politics and personal life – Judge Jim Powers stands ready to offer a wealth of recognized fiscal and governmental experience as a member of Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors.

As Principal of J.L. Powers & Associates, Judge Powers is widely-recognized as an effective and successful entrepreneur. He has a unique background with experience in both the public and private sectors. After a number of years as Director of Family & Marriage Resources, a nationwide non- pro t organization, Jim started his private business enterprise with one grocery store in Dripping Springs. Within three years he grew it to a diversified food corporation which generated annual revenues of as much as $20 million.

During this time Jim served on the Dripping Springs Planning and Zoning Commission, and was active in community service. Eventually, he was encouraged to run for public o ce, and in 1998 was elected as Hays County Judge. Over the course of the next eight years, Judge Powers gave oversight to a county budget upwards of $70 million, and a workforce of over 800 employees in one of the fastest-growing counties in Texas.

  • Former Republican Hays County Judge, 1999-2007
  • Increased county budget reserves from to $3 to $14 million
  • Consistently cut county taxes while in office
  • Successful Businessman, co-owner of Jack Allen’s Kitchen
  • WIth wife Maripat, parents to four children with six grandchildren.
  • Committed to reliable, low cost power to serve PEC Members.

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Judge James Oakley (i)

Director, District 5

James Oakley is a 5th generation Texan from Burnet. He graduated with a BBA from Texas State University and spent 10 years in corporate communications/ public relations. He was then elected in 1998 as...

James Oakley is a 5th generation Texan from Burnet. He graduated with a BBA from Texas State University and spent 10 years in corporate communications/ public relations. He was then elected in 1998 as a Burnet County Commissioner. In 2009, he was appointed by Governor Perry to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, which is a statewide regulatory authority, with term expiring in 2017. He also continues to serve since 1999 as a Governor’s appointee to the CAPCOG area’s Regional Review Committee for Community Development Block Grants.

In 2014, Oakley was elected as Burnet County Judge. He is active with the legislature and in his community. He serves as President of his POA and is appointed to several public boards/committees such as CAPCOG, TARC & CAMPO. Oakley was elected in 2013 to the Board of Directors of the Pedernales Electric Cooperative. In 2015, he was selected by his board peers to serve as President.

  • Republican County Judge for Burnet County since 2015
  • Commissioner, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement
  • Committed to transparency, improving customer service and reducing bureaucracy at the PEC.
  • James & his wife Julie, a CPA, are the proud parents of five school age children.
  • Has Voted to lower your electric rates SIX times in the last fifteen months, reduced electric rates by 14% in the last two years.