Blodgett seeks seat on PUD governing board

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BURRILLVILLE – A former EMT who has spent the past 28 years serving in various roles for the Pascoag Utility District is now seeking a seat on the utility company’s governing board.

John Blodgett has announced his run for one of three seats on PUD’s Board of Utility Commissioners, scheduled to hold elections at their annual meeting on Monday, Dec. 2.

Blodgett started working for the district in 1990 as an EMT with the Pascoag Fire Department. He then transferred to the electric department, working as a meter reader for five years.

Blodgett was then promoted to the position of system meter technician, a role which involves testing and installing meters throughout the entire district. The job also required work in the substation and switching on  circuits in the electric system.

He was educated in the field through at the New England Public Power Association.

Blodgett retired in June.

He said he is seeking a seat on the board to put his years of experience to work for PUD’s customers.

“If voted in, I will help keep this great company on track for the coming changes in the drastically changing energy industry,” Blodgett said. “My time at the district allowed me to know many aspects of the company, from operations to customer service.”

“I would love to share my experience and knowledge as Pascoag Utility District meets its future challenges,” he said.

PUD will hold its annual meeting starting at 7 p.m. at their business office at 253 Pascoag Main St. on Monday, Dec. 2. Early voting will be held the same day at the office, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., and again from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Residents will elect three commissioners, with the two highest vote-getters to win three year terms, and the third highest to secure a two year term. They will also elect a moderator and a clerk, and vote on water department expenditures.

Anyone whose name appears on an active account with the Pascoag Utility District, who lives in Pascoag or who owns property in the village is eligible to vote.

NRI NOW is offering all candidates for the commission the opportunity to discuss their background and platform. The final day to submit profile information is Thursday, Nov. 28 by 8 p.m. Interested parties should email sandy@nrinow.news.

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