Jim Alworth


I am Jim Alworth and I am respectively asking for your vote at the upcoming 2016 Director Elections for Mt. Wheeler Power Co.   I will be running for the Director of District 2.

Jim Ashworth

Jim Ashworth

I have been a resident of Ely for the past 43 years.  My wife, Penny and I are parents to two adult daughters and the grandparents of two pretty girls and two handsome young men!  I was employed in the mining industry for twenty-seven years and for the past sixteen years I have worked in Local Government; employed by White Pine County Hospital District, City of Ely and currently employed with White Pine County as the Equipment and Parts Manager for the Road Department.  I enjoy all outdoor activities and I am also an active member of the Ely Volunteer Fire Department for the past 33 years, currently holding the rank of Firefighter/EMT.

I have a wide-ranging background in financial and management proficiencies that I believe would assist in the continuation of sound business decisions for the members of the co-op.   I would be honored to be part of the Mt. Wheeler Power Co. Board and would work

Mary Kerner

Mary Kerner

hard and diligently to promote stability along with new growth in the service area and listen to the concerns of the membership.

I would appreciate your vote and can be reached at 775-296-1334 if you have any questions or concerns.


Jim Alworth

Mary Kerner

My name is Mary Kerner and I am seeking the district 2 seat on the Mt. Wheeler Power Board. As a Rural Nevadan, born and raised, I have always had a great sense of community pride and the importance of volunteerism. I reside in Ely with my husband, Curtis (retired US Navy 20 years, currently a sergeant at Ely State Prison) and my 5 children; however, I have only one left at home. For the last 14 years I have worked for the Rural Nevada Development Corporation (RNDC), a private non-profit head quartered in Ely. Through work I am certified by the National Development Council as an Economic Development Finance Professional, as I am responsible for administering non-traditional small business loans all over the state. Even though I have served on many boards including White Pine County School District (currently in my 5th year), I also report to a board at RNDC giving me a well-rounded perspective on both sides of the board table.

In addition to my board and community experience, my formal credentials include a BA in Business Administration with and emphasis in HR Mgmt. from Colorado Technical University and I have earned my Certified Public Officials certificate through UNR extended studies.  A few accomplishments to share with you, I was honored by the Small Business Administration as the Financial Services Champion of the Year for Nevada and nationally as one of the top 10 lenders in the nation in 2006 and more recently, named as Nevada’s School Board Member of the Year in 2015.

It is my desire to help continue the exemplary service provided by the Mt. Wheeler Power Board and staff by serving you as your new district 2 board member


Mary Kerner

Ron Niman

Director seat 9:

I am a lifelong resident of White Pine County. I have had the opportunity in our community to be employed by small businesses such as Al’s Shell Station, Northern Nevada Distributing, Peraldo Distributing and Kennecott Copper Corporation as a diesel mechanic, White Pine County Sheriff’s department and for the 7th Judicial Juvenile Department. I further had the privilege of serving as Justice of the Peace for White Pine County for 27 years. I have been involved with submitting or making budgets although not large, however important to the people. I have been involved with different committees in making decisions and listening and working on making decisions that is in the best interest of the people.

My education includes completion of high school, 8000 hr. apprenticeship with Kennecott Copper Corporation with employment for 11 years, 6 years’ service with the Nevada National Guard 72nd MP Company and numerous hours of courses in the Justice Field.

I have seen our power company grow from Ely Light and Power to our present Mt. Wheeler Power Cooperative. I feel that I have the time and patience to serve on the board.

I would appreciate your vote for District #9

Ron Niman.

Vickie Ashby Pearce

Dear Co-op Member,

My name is Vickie Ashby Pearce. I am running for Mt. Wheeler Power’s Board of Directors Seat 9.

I moved here in 1954 from Delta, UT with my parents Louis and Colleen Ashby, they followed by Dad’s parents when they took over management of the Hilltop Motel, and most of the brothers followed with the prospect of jobs at Kennecott Copper. I attended East Ely Grade and graduated from White Pine County High with honors in 1969. After high school I worked hard at raising my two girls and followed in the mining footstepo of my father. While employed at Alligator Ridge Mine I continued my education with their high school education and moved on so did I. I moved to Missoula, MT where I took the position as Administrator for a drilling and hydraulic company. After living there for three years I decided Nevada was the place for me. I moved back to Fernley, NV where I took a job with a tire company as Senior Accountant. I finally moved back to Ely in 2000, when I realized that Ely was where I needed to be. I started working in June of 2000 at William Bee Ririe Hospital as their Payroll and Benefits Supervisor. In September of 2007 I was promoted to Human Resource Manager and have held that position ever since.

I have forty plus years of experience in all aspects of business office management, office procedures and employee policies. I feel that my job experience will be an asset to Mt. Wheeler Power as a board member. I have the time to devote to the board of directors and would like to give something back to the community that has proven to be the place to re-plant my roots. I feel that the position would not only be interesting and challenging it will also be personally gratifying. I understand that the duties of a board member are to see that Mt. Wheeler Power abides by their policies and procedures and not one of micro management. I feel very strongly that Mt. Wheeler Power is a true asset to White Pine County and I know how lucky we are to have a power co-op that keeps our rates affordable.

Thank you for your time and consideratin, your vote and confidence in me is truly appreciated.

Vickie Pearce Vickie Ashby Pearce

Dear Co-op Member,

Robert “Mike” Simon

I was born at the White Pine County Hospital, in Ely on January 29, 1953. My parents, Bob and Norma, were living in Old Ruth at the time. I have an older siser, Betty, and a younger sister Katherine. I am a fourth generation Simon to live in White Pine County.

I attended East Ely Grade school and graduated from White Pine High School in 1971. After high school, I attended ITT Links Schools of Business in Boise, ID and graduated with a degree in accounting and automation. Upon graduation, I returned to Ely and worked at Kennecott Copper Corporation (The Company) in the comptroller department’s computer section.

My wife Donna and I were married in her home town of Downey, ID. We have two boys, Scotty and Patrick. Our son Patrick, passed away a little over a year ago, due to illness. Our son Scotty, lives in Ely, with his wife and family.

When I was 17, I was guilty of “exhibition of speed” and was given a ticket by Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Yuill. It was then that I knew what I wanted to do. No, not Nascat. In September, 1977, I was hired by the Nevaada Highway Patrol, and after successful completion of their academy, Iwas assigned to Alamo, NV. My family and I made Alamo our home for the next ten years.

When we left Alamo, we moved to Minden, NV and my career in the Highway Patrol went something like this:

•1987-1992 – Trooper in the Minden District.

•1992-1998 – Promoted to Sergeant and assigned to Reno as a swing shift commander; transferred to Carson City Highway Patrol Headquarters in the Special Projects Section as the inservice training coordinator; transferred back to Minden-Tahoe District as Commander of that area.

•1998-2003 – Promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to the Las Vegas Urban Area as the Rural Patrol Commander, responsible for six rural substations and their personnel; reassigned o Headquarters in Carson City to act as the Interim Human Resource Commander and Executive Officer; then assigned as the Commercial Enforcement Statewide Coordinator; and finally reassigned as the permanent Human Resource Commander and Executive Officer until my retirement.

During my time with the Highway Patrol, I was fortunate to receive the opportunity to attend some of the most technical traffic accident investigation/reconstruction training, and in depth supervision and management training courses which helped me advance in my Nevada Highway Patrol career as well as other aspects of my life.

After retiring from the patrol, White Pine County was calling me home, so my family and I brought a home here in Ely, and as they say, “moved lock, stock and barrell.” I went to work for White Pine County as the Director of Nuclear Waste Project Office. Our office responsibilities were primarily the oversight, monitoring and interaction with the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission related to the proposed Nuclear Waste Repository at Yucca Mountain. Additionally, we monitored the highway shipments of low level and waste isolation plant nuclear waste through White Pine County. Due to the federal funding being eliminated by the Obama Administration for the Yucca Mountain Project, our office closed.

I am now retired and enjoying all that White Pine County offers, beautiful skies, mountains and streams.