Testimonial: Dave Lamoreaux

Why Dave supports Keith Woods for the SRP Board of Directors

SRP has been around since 1903. My grandfather was born here in 1891, so we’ve been around a long time also. Salt River Project started out as a water company, building the dams and supplying irrigation to the valley. Secondary was the power, yet the power has bloomed and expanded, until it’s huge now. So, Salt River Project has the most reliable, inexpensive water and power in Arizona, and in most of the country as one of the most well run. A board member, to work on here, needs to understand our history, our legacy, where we are at today and where we going, and that’s a big challenge as we continue to grow in Arizona. 

It’s a multifaceted area with a hundred thousand people a year moving here, and it takes somebody who can understand that, and Keith Woods, who I have been associated with for many years, is a great board member. He understands this. He listens to people. He speaks to the issue, and I feel that he is very fair, and he understands what needs to be done.

Keith shows great compassion for people. He understands their issues.

Dave Lamareaux

We had an experience here recently of interviewing to find a new general manager / CEO and Keith was the head of that committee and I was very impressed with his leadership, his ability to bring a contested situation together and have people think reasonably and be able to conduct that in a manner that was very pleasing to myself and to those involved. Keith shows great compassion for people. He understands their issues. He knows that water is the most important thing here in this valley, and in this state and power is also. I can recommend Keith Woods very highly to continue to serve as a board member at Salt River Project.

We had an experience here recently of interviewing to find a new general manager / CEO and Keith was the head of that committee and I was very impressed with his leadership, his ability to bring a contested situation together and have people think reasonably and be able to conduct that in a manner that was very pleasing to myself and to those involved. Keith shows great compassion for people. He understands their issues. He knows that water is the most important thing here in this valley, and in this state and power is also. I can recommend Keith Woods very highly to continue to serve as a board member at Salt River Project.

Testimonial: Michael Rakow

Michael Rakow supports Keith Woods for re-election to the Salt River Project Board of Directors. Mike who is on SRP’s Council, and has served as Vice-Chairman, had this to say; Keith is a very effective leader. He took the company through a very difficult time during the succession crisis. He led the entire Board of Directors in finding a new candidate to run the company, and has been integratedly involved with the company at a leadership level.

He is always looked out for the ratepayer, and one of the few people who really looked out for the ratepayers in the solar case and voted for solar power.

Michael Rakow

Keith Woods is a well respected member by the Board and the Council as well. He is always looked out for the ratepayer, and one of the few people who really looked out for the ratepayers in the solar case and voted for solar power. He is an advocate for inexpensive clean energy.

Testimonial: Steve Neil

Steve Neil on Keith’s Goal “To Be A Better Board”

Lehi resident Steve Neil was an early adopter of clean power. First by installing a home solar system with SRP, and government incentives (at that time). Then a few years ago investing in an electric vehicle (powered in large part by his home’s solar system). He also is a very active SRP customer, attending board meetings and rate hearings.

Keith has been a leader in helping the board be more engaged, more representative of it’s constituency and to be interested in anything that can be done to make SRP an even better company

Steve Neil

Steve said; At the onset of the current era of SRP leadership with the hiring of Mike Hummel as the General Manager and CEO, Keith Woods made a statement at a Board meeting that I’ll never forget. There was talk about how things were always done, “we’re just going to things the way we always done them.” But, Keith said, “well, we’d like to be a better Board, can we do it this way? Can we try something different?” So, he has been a leader in helping the board be more engaged, more representative of it’s constituency and to be interested in anything that can be done to make SRP an even better company.

Hear Steve’s story about Keith, in his role as an SRP Board Director. Learn more about Keith’s re-election campaign online at https://keithforsrp.com/

Testimonial: Court Rich

From my standpoint I think what SRP does on renewable energy is really important, and that’s how I have been most involved in dealing with SRP.

I think that a good board member is one that’s willing to interact with constituents and talk to people that have issues and not just show up at board meetings and do nothing more.

Keith has been really accessible, which I think is the most important thing. You don’t always have to agree with everybody but he’s always been willing to talk…willing to sit down with me or with constituents, folks that I represent, and talk about important issues. Usually it is very helpful.

a big supporter of renewable energy and moving the utility forward, and out of the history of where they were, and into some good new things.

Court Rich

I had a client who was frustrated with dealing with SRP and was in Keith’s district, and so I had to reach out to Keith and he jumped right in, and helped facilitate some meetings, and helped the homeowner resolve his issue in a way that would not have been possible without him.

He has been accessible which I think is very important. He is super welcoming of outside input. He has been, from my view, a big supporter of renewable energy and moving the utility forward, and out of the history of where they were, and into some good new things.

About Court Rich

Court S. Rich is Co-Founder of Rose Law Group and is Director of the firm’s Renewable Energy Department. Court practices in the areas of renewable energy, municipal law, regulatory law, land use and zoning, administrative law, real estate, and handles administrative matters in front of the Arizona Corporation Commission, the Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee, the Arizona Department of Real Estate, and the State Liquor Board as well as lobbying at the State Legislature. Court serves as regulatory counsel for some of the largest solar companies and solar industry organizations in the United States. Court has extensive experience helping clients solve complicated real estate development and regulatory issues in all parts of the Valley and around the State of Arizona. Court has assisted clients in some especially unique development issues related to, utility services, floodplains, assurances, freeway and utility sittings, as well as securing use permits, and variances where needed. (read more)

What Qualities to Look for in an SRP Board Member

An SRP Election testimonial by Mark Freeman of Keith Woods, on demonstrating leadership. Here is what Vice-Mayor Freedman had to say: “From my perspective I believe that a board member at Salt River Project is important again the attributes that a person should have is compassion, being reliable, being able to show up to your meetings promptly and on-time if you are in a leadership position. You assume a leadership role and at the end of the day Keith Woods does that.

You have to have multi-points of relationship within an organization to get the work done.

Mark Freeman

He works well with his Board members, he also strategically talks to Council members, and also visits with management, because that is the responsibility that an elected official has. You have to have multi-points of relationship within an organization to get the work done, and by getting that work done then you show your constituents and others who you serve that you are reliable and that they are willing to trust you. And I think that ‘trust’ is the key word in this position because when a person says what they are going to do, they better follow through with what they do for a positive outcome.”

About Mark Freeman:

Mark is the Vice-Mayor of Mesa, Arizona. Elected to the Mesa City Council in August 2016, Councilmember Mark Freeman began his first term representing District 1 in January of 2017. He was named Vice Mayor on January 28, 2019. His term on the Council runs until January of 2021.

Freeman’s Mesa roots run deep, as his ancestor, Charles Crismon, was one of the founding fathers of Mesa. His family has farmed in the Valley since 1878 and Freeman continues that tradition today, growing alfalfa and sweet corn and running a summer farmer’s market at Brown and Center Street. In addition to farming, he spent 31 years with the Mesa Fire and Medical Department as a Captain Paramedic before retiring in 2011.

Mark has always been active in the community, serving on the Mesa Board of Adjustment as well as serving as the Lehi area Board President for 12 years. In addition, he has been involved with the Maricopa County and Arizona Farm Bureau organizations for many years.

Mark has lived in Mesa for more than 60 years. He and his wife LeeAnn have a strong family value, with great love for their three children and eight grandchildren. His oldest son is currently serving in the U.S. Air Force as a Captain. Their other children reside in Mesa.