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Director Election Information - Zone 5

Special Election ballots being mailed

Two co-op members competing for Zone 5 director slot

Claverack members will have the opportunity to elect one of their fellow members to the cooperative board of directors by participating in a special election taking place this month.

All co-op members can expect to receive an election ballot in early January listing the names of candidates running for the vacant Zone 5 seat on the Claverack Board of Directors.

The completed ballots should be returned in the addressed, stamped blue envelope included with the special election packet. Claverack must receive members’ completed ballots no later than Friday, Feb. 1.

The special election was necessitated when the Zone 5 director seat went unfilled following last year’s annual meeting. The seat had been held by Michael J. Coleman of Montrose, who chose not to seek re-election when his three-year term expired in July 2018.

Results of the special election will be announced at the cooperative’s headquarters office in Wysox at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, and will be subsequently published on the cooperative’s website,, Facebook page, and in the March issue of Penn Lines.

The winner of the seat will serve the remainder of the three-year term for Zone 5, which expires in July 2021. Zone 5 serves members in Apolacon, Choconut, Forest Lake, Jessup, Middletown and Rush townships in Susquehanna County and Warren Township in Bradford County.

Directors are responsible for establishing co-op policies and overseeing the management of the cooperative.

Candidates who have successfully filed petitions to run for the Zone 5 board seat are: Robert Fearnley of Forest Lake Township, Susquehanna County., and David R. McGuigan of Little Meadows. A profile of the candidates follows.


Robert Fearnley

752 Chestnut Ridge Road

Montrose, PA 18801

Robert Fearnley resides in Forest Lake Township, Susquehanna County, with his wife Dawn.

A graduate of Montrose Area High School, Fearnley holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Penn State University. After graduation, he returned to the family dairy farm and ran the business until 2007. Following a barn fire, a new season of life began for Fearnley when he took a position as watershed specialist with the Susquehanna County Conservation District. He recently retired from that position.

Fearnley has enjoyed a life-long relationship with Claverack. In high school, he represented his co-op on the Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. Fearnley’s son, Jeremiah, was a recipient of the William Matson Scholarship in his senior year.

A former 4-H leader , Fearnley has served as a board member of Farm Service Agency, Susquehanna County Holstein Club, Susquehanna County Conservation District, Penn State Cooperative Extension of Susquehanna County, YPAC, and Friends of Salt Springs State Park. He currently serves on the Friends of Salt Springs State Park education committee.

Fearnley is a past member of the Susquehanna County Farm Bureau and a current member of the NRA, Ducks Unlimited and Forest Lake Baptist Church, where he serves on the ministry support team.

Fearnley has served on the board of directors for the Dairy Herd Improvement Association, the Montrose Area Sire Power advisory committee and the local board of directors for Dairy Farmers of America. He was also a cooperative member of Agway and AgChoice Farm Credit.

Robert has two sons. Jeremiah is employed with Select Sire Power Cooperative and resides in Apolacon Township with his wife, Nicole, and their two daughters. Matt is a teacher at Northeast Bradford School District and resides in Forest Lake Township.


David R. McGuigan

611 Turkey Lane

Little Meadows, PA 18830

David McGuigan was born at home on the family farm in Gum Tree, Pa. After graduation from high school, he started his career in the electric utility industry, initially driving a line truck and working as a ground hand. He subsequently attended lineman training school to become a lineman.

McGuigan served in the U.S. Army during the height of the Vietnam conflict. During his tour of duty, he was awarded the Soldier’s Medal for Valor.

He married his high school sweetheart, Sharron Oatman, on July 4, 1970. They have two adult children.

McGuigan transitioned from line work to substation maintenance, then later on to the planning group. He retired from PECo Energy in 1998 as a foreman in the work management department of the utility’s transmission and distribution division.

In 2000, David and Sharron McGuigan sold their family farm and moved to Little Meadows. There they owned and operated “Token Lake, Inc.,” a 545-acre retreat, for 10 years.

McGuigan served as a township supervisor for 18 years, including 6 years as an Apolacon Township supervisor in Susquehanna County. He currently serves as committeeman for Apolacon Township.

He has also been involved with the Little Meadows Volunteer Fire Company, serving as treasurer for several years. He volunteers at Warren Township Fire Company functions. He and Sharron are members of Community Independent Bible Church in Little Meadows ,where David serves as treasurer. He is the Master of LeRaysville Masonic Lodge No. 471, F&AM.

McGuigan has served on Claverack’s Members Advisory Committee and the Credentials and Elections Committee.

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