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Meet the 2020 Board Candidates

Seth Heald

Seth Heald

Seth Heald retired from the U.S. Justice Department after a 35-year career as a lawyer specializing in complex business litigation, including electric utility litigation. In his last ten years at the Justice Department he was in the Senior Executive Service, serving as chief of a trial section. He twice received the Justice Department’s John Marshall Award, and also received a Presidential Meritorious Award, given to no more than 5 percent of Senior Executive Service members.

Seth has a Master of Science degree in energy policy and climate from Johns Hopkins University (2017); a law degree (JD) from Georgetown University (1978); and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Haverford College (1975).

Seth is an expert on energy policy and nonprofit governance, and a strong proponent of the cooperative form of business. He belongs to the National Cooperative Business Association and attends the annual Rural Energy Conference sponsored by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.

As co-founder of the Repower REC campaign to reform our electric cooperative, Seth is a pro-consumer advocate who has worked to get REC to disclose its board members’ compensation, post its audited financial statements online, post board members’ contact information for co-op members to see, and implement energy efficiency programs such as Pay As You Save that can reduce electric bills for co-op members. He has also advocated for fair policies to help co-op members deploy rooftop solar to reduce energy costs.

Seth serves the community on the Piedmont Environmental Council board, where he co-chairs the governance committee. He also volunteers teaching civics, citizenship, and English at the Culpeper Literacy Council. He is a member of the Farm Bureau.

Seth and his wife, Caroline, live on a small farm in Culpeper County. They have two adult children. REC members can contact him at


Sanford Reaves Jr.

Sanford Reaves Jr. (Incumbent)

Sanford Reaves Jr. is a life-long native of Culpeper. He graduated in 1974 from the Culpeper County High School. Sanford is also a 1976 graduate of Smithdeal-Massey Business College of Richmond and 2005 graduate of the Virginia Union University School of Theology (Master of Divinity). He is a son of the Antioch Baptist Church of Culpeper and a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Locust Grove. He is also a 40-year-strong supporter and proud member of the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative.

Sanford lives in the Salem District of Culpeper (REC Region lV) with his wife of 43 years, Lorraine, and has 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Since 1995 he has been the owner and president of Sanford and Sons Construction and Janitorial services. Sanford worked as operations manager for Federal Express for 7 1/2 years and general manager for Omni Services lnc., Sanis Division of Culpeper for 8 1/2 years. Sanford is also a local Realtor and has served on the Culpeper County Planning Commission for 28 years and currently holds the position of chairman.

He is a man of integrity and high morals, which has allowed him to be the pastor of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church for 13 years. Sanford gets much satisfaction from serving his community. He has served on the board of directors for the Prison Re-Entry and Culpeper Chamber of Commerce. He is a past president of Culpeper Jaycees, NAACP and Wayland Blue Ridge Minister’s and Deacon’s Union past moderator.

Sanford is grateful to the REC members for trusting him to serve as director during the past 3 years and would be thankful and blessed to have the REC members’ vote of support in continuing to work with the other board members to ensure that Rappahannock Electric Cooperative members continue to receive SAFE, RELIABLE and AFFORDABLE ENERGY.