Membership in the Garkane Power Association is growing as candidates for the board of directors have been announced and members prepare for the annual elections.

Candidates have been chosen by nominating committees and petitions for the two districts that will hold elections. Incumbent LaDon Torgersen will be opposed by Carolyn McAllister and Scott Barney in District 1, while Randy Ripplinger will challenge incumbent Marjie Lee Spencer in District 4.District 1 includes the Koosharem, Antimony and Fish Lake areas. District 4 encompasses the Escalante and eastern Garfield County areas.

Meanwhile, the utility's membership has increased dramatically in the Cedar Mountain and Kane County areas while some members were lost in the Arizona-Utah border communities of Colorado City and Hilldale where a new municipal system was developed.

"We send about 1,000 statements to members in Las Vegas who have summer homes in the Cedar Mountain area east of Cedar City," said Matthew Creamer, who works with members' services and is Garkane's economic development director. There has also been an influx in membership in areas outside the city limits of Kanab. Kanab has its own municipal system.

Garkane's consumer-membership is about 6,500.

"We had members in Hilldale and Colorado City until last May," Creamer said. "We don't want to lose members, but we didn't fight it and worked with them when they decided they wanted their own system."

Garkane continues to serve some members outside those two communities, such as Centennial Park and Kane beds, as well as those living in Sevier, Wayne, Piute, Garfield and Kane counties in Utah and Mohave and Coconino counties in northern Arizona.