District 3: Amity, Union, Wayne, and Concord townships and Elgin and Union City Boroughs in Erie County, and Spring Creek township in Warren County.
Northwestern REC holds nominating meetings in the early spring time. This district seat is currently vacant due to the passing of Michael Sample. Nominations will be accepted beginning in March for the remaining 2-year term. Elections take place June ~ August.
Mr. Sample passed away in January 2022. This district seat is vacant; however, we have chosen to keep his memory alive here.
Michael Sample, of Wayne Township, has been a member of Northwestern REC since 1994. He is the owner of The Titusville Herald and The Forest Press, of Tionesta, Pa. He is also a co-owner of The Corry Journal, a family-owned local newspaper. As a business owner in an industry that has experienced tremendous challenges, he adapts to change very well. Sample graduated from Penn State Behrend with a Bachelor of Science degree in management in 1989. He has worked at daily and weekly newspapers in Pennsylvania, New York, and Alabama, and has over 30 years of experience in the newspaper industry. He is also a notary public.
Sample has served as a representative of District 3 since 2015, serving as board secretary. During his time on the board, Sample has earned his Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate and is close to completing the Board Leadership Certificate. He has developed a network of board members from other cooperatives across the country with whom he exchanges ideas and information.
With his wife Debbie and two grown children, Sample has always called northwestern Pennsylvania home. He has helped regional businesses grow and prosper as a member of the Titusville and Corry Area Chambers of Commerce boards. In his spare time, Sample enjoys playing and watching sports and giving back to the community. The Samples live outside of Corry on their farm.