AEC Election Process – 2020

AEC Election Process – 2020

AEC will elect (3) Directors representing Districts 3, 7 & 8 in 2020. Qualifications of a candidate for director: must be an individual at least 18 years of age who is a cooperative member in good standing. The candidate must reside in the AEC district for which her or she is a candidate and must not be convicted of any felony or any Class A or B misdemeanor. A complete listing of qualifications and more information on the election process is available through the links below.

Members may view more information on the District Maps page on the Cooperative website. If you have additional questions concerning the election process, please contact Ruth Christian or Conard Frye.

Meet the Candidates

For AEC’s Board of Directors in the Co-op’s 7th District

Tim Collins

Running Unopposed

For AEC’s Board of Directors in the Co-op’s 8th District

Dale Fain

Running Unopposed

For AEC’s Board of Directors in the Co-op’s 3rd District


Vickie French Forgety


1231 Piedmont Rd, New Market

Born and raised in Jefferson County

Married to Telford Forgety; sons Trey and Shea

Gradute of Jefferson County High School

B.S. in Communications; University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Master of Arts in Teaching; Carson Newman College

Post-Graduate Work in Educational Administration & Leadership; LMU and ETSU

23 years as an educator in the Jefferson County School System

Taught kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grades at Rush Strong School; retired as Principal of New Market Elementary School

Member, First Baptist Church of Jefferson City

President, Jefferson County Republican Women

Former Board member of Jefferson County Boys & Girls Club; Jefferson County UT Alumni Chapter; Jefferson City Little League; Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity



Eric Fritz


201 Americana Lane, Jefferson City

Married to Melanie (Clouse) Fritz; daughters, Ashtyn and Ansley; son Camden

Graduate of Jefferson County High School

B.S. in Business Administration; Carson-Newman College

More than two decades in the retail industry, developing marketing programs for consumer brands like Maybelline Cosmetics, Wilson Sporting Goods, Mohawk Industries, Energizer, Dish Network, Armstrong World Industries, Radio Systems Corporation (PetSafe)

National Sales Executive, The InSite Group

Director of Retail Experiences, Heuristic Workshop and MG Design

Account Executive, Sparks Custom Retail

Worldwide Account Manager, Moll Industries

Attends Arrowhead Church in Morristown

Boys Head Basketball Coach at Maury Middle School since 2017; Assistant Coach from 2013 to 2016

Upward Basketball Coach for 10 years



Mike Norton


825 Summitt Ridge Road, Dandridge

Raised in Jefferson County

Married to Janet (Delaney) Norton; daughters Kalyn, Noel, and Krystah; sons Zach, Issac, and Brennan

Graduate of Jefferson County High School

Graduate of Leadership Jefferson County

Graduate of East Tennessee Regional Leadership

Licensed and Certified Operator, State of Tennessee Wastewater Treatment, Collection System, Water Treatment and Distribution

Superintendent of Dandridge Water Management Facility; directed numerous multi-million dollar water and wastewater projects

Member, Tennessee Association of Utility Districts and American Water Works Association

Volunteer for Amedisys Hospice

Member, French Broad Church of the Brethren

Vice-Chairman, Jefferson County Industrial Development Board 

Former Jefferson County Commissioner 

Served in Army National Guard



Vickie Forgety

Why are you interested in serving on AEC’s Board of Directors?

Rural communities like ours have always had to build our own futures. When I was little that meant getting electricity to every farm and home, something that only a cooperative could – or would – do. Today, the same goes for broadband. As an educator, I know first-hand how important it is to have reliable, fast and affordable internet service in every home: information is today’s electricity, and I want to help make sure that every child has the access they need to learn, and that every family business has the speed it needs to compete.  

What are some major challenges facing the Cooperative in the future?

Service for members at the lowest rates possible along with maintaining a reliable infrastructure for both electricity and broadband will be the greatest challenge while continuing to provide rock-solid reliability. The technologies we invest in over the next ten years have to set us up to manage this efficiently, and I’m eager to work on those issues. 


Eric Fritz

Why are you interested in serving on AEC’s Board of Directors?

New thinking and innovative approaches will be required to meet the needs of AEC’s changing membership demographics. In the past three years of my service on the Board, I have leveraged my experience in developing effective marketing strategies for industry leaders on behalf of those we serve. Moving toward the future, I want to continue to bring this perspective to bear as we seek to explore new ways of connecting with our members.

What are some major challenges facing the Cooperative in the future?

I am proud to have served on a Board that places a high value on bringing high-speed internet availability to rural areas. From an enhancing educational opportunities for students to boosting the economic development potential of our communities, we must continue our emphasis on bridging the digital gap by providing broadband access to those we serve.

AEC has a responsibility to support the emerging technologies our members are beginning to use to make their lives better—things like smart appliances in their homes or electric vehicles in their garages. As this technology evolves and becomes mainstream, we have a duty to educate our members and to be a trusted source of information as they evaluate the feasibility and potential benefits of adoption.


Mike Norton

Why are you interested in serving on AEC’s Board of Directors?

With over 30 years of service in utilities, my career has provided me with a unique perspective and understanding of how everything ties together (water, sewer, electric, gas, telephone, broadband, etc.) From utilities to the individuals and businesses they serve, to regulators and contractors, I enjoy working with all the various entities in order to benefit the health and the prosperity of our communities. 

What are some major challenges facing the Cooperative in the future?

Electric cooperatives will continue to be faced with complex challenges such as meeting regulatory requirements, installing and maintaining infrastructure, and reaching underserved areas with high-speed internet access. Infrastructure is a significant investment for any utility and a key asset for our communities. Exercising wise fiscal stewardship on behalf of Co-op members by managing the cost of that growth and maintenance while keeping electric rates steady will be a priority for me as an AEC Board member. 


Important Dates:

  • Nomination period is now closed. May 29 – July 13, 2020

Any 15 or more members of the cooperative, acting together, may make additional nominations in writing, by petition, over their signatures


  • Nominating Committee will post nominations by July 28, 2020


  • Designated date of the 80th Annual Membership Meeting will be September 26, 2020


Clink this link to view the Report of Nominating Committee - July 15, 2020


Important Links     

Release of Information & Records Form

Background Investigation Form

Director Qualifications, as recorded in the AEC bylaws

Non-disclosure Agreement

Petition for Director Nomination 2020