2018 Director Candidates

Wright-Hennepin's (WH) 2018 Director candidates for Districts 1,3 and 9 are listed below.

Timothy Young, District 1

Timothy Young, Annandale, is the incumbent director in District 1. He has been a Wright-Hennepin (WH) member for 39 years and has served on the board of directors for 21 years. He and his wife, Nancy, have three children and five grandchildren.

Young has worked as an attorney for Young & Brown, LLP since 1978 and concentrates his practice on business, government and real estate. Since 1994, he has been a court-appointed commissioner and referee in 26 eminent domain and partition cases. He was a member of the Annandale School Board from 1992 to 2002, chaired the Annandale 4th of July parade for over a decade and received a Bronze Star for service in Vietnam. Since 2015, he has been on the Canopy Advisory Committee for the city of Annandale.

“Did you know?

Your electric rates have averaged 1.6 percent less than Xcel’s over the past 10 years and 1.80 percent less in 2017 alone. 

WH is committed to providing clean, renewable energy options for this membership. WH was one of the first in the nation to develop community solar and now has 540 kW of solar resources.

WH member-owners were without power an average of only 36 minutes in 2017, which is less than 1/100 of 1 percent of the 525,600 minutes in a year.

Said another way, your co-op brought you competitively-priced, innovative and reliable power 99.99 percent of the time. And we’re always working to do better.

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your co-op director,” Young said. “I would appreciate your vote to serve again.”

Burton Horsch, District 3

Burton Horsch, Howard Lake, is the incumbent director in District 3. He has been a Wright-Hennepin (WH) member for 63 years and has served on the board of directors for 18 years.

Horsch is a former dairy farmer, and now grows seed corn and soybeans. He has served 29 years as a supervisor on Victor Township. Horsch is an honorary life member of the MN Farm Bureau. He is the secretary of the Howard Lake Senior group. He is a choir member and an elder at the St. James Lutheran Church. He also volunteers and delivers Meals on Wheels in the Howard Lake-Waverly area.

Horsch is a Certified National Cooperative Director, and completed the Board Leadership program. He has served on the Minnesota Rural Electric Association resolutions committee.

“I feel my past experience will enable me to meet the challenges ahead with the best decisions for WH’s member-owners,” Horsch said. “I am ready to continue to help make the decisions the electric industry is being challenged with. Competitive rates have been one of WH’s main focuses and I will work to keep this maintained.”

Erick Heinz, District 9

Erick Heinz, Corcoran, is the incumbent director in District 9. He has been a Wright-Hennepin (WH) member for 31 years and has served on the board of directors for 18 years. He and his wife, Teresa, have three children and 12 grandchildren.

Heinz has been a self-employed farmer for 36 years raising beef cattle and crops. He also worked as a Mycogen seed corn sales representative and provides snow plowing and truck hauling services. 

Heinz has served on the boards of the Hennepin County Farm Services Agency, Hennepin Co-op Seed Exchange, Hennepin County Dairy Herd Improvement Association, the Hennepin County American Dairy Association and the Great River Energy Board. He is a lifelong resident of the Corcoran area and is a member of the Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

Heinz has completed the “Certified Cooperative Director” course, the “Board Leadership” course and the Director Gold Program. Heinz is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for WH.

“I have enjoyed representing District 9,” Heinz said, “and if re-elected, I will work with board members to keep retail electric rates stable and reliable in these changing times and environmental uncertainty.”