To say Dan Barrera has deep ties to his community would be an understatement. Comparable to saying the Empire State building is tall, or the Titanic was a big ship.
Barrera, who represents Benson, Pomerene, Mescal and J-6 on the Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative (SSVEC) Board of Directors, has spent more than six decades residing, growing up, working and contributing to his community.
More than one-third of that time – 23 years – he has spent representing members of District 6 on the SSVEC board.
“I have resided in SSVEC’s service area for over 60 years and really support and follow the cooperative business model in our decisions that support our vision and mission statements,” Barrera said in a recent interview.
A former teacher at the middle school in the Benson Unified School District, Barrera joined the SSVEC board after serving 10 years on the city council. He was nominated, then selected, for an opening that resulted from the passing of a director.
“As I grew up within the cooperative area I appreciated the contributions that SSVEC have made to the community,” Barrera said.
In addition to his teaching career, which spanned 25 years until his retirement in 2014, the Barrera family owned and operated The Quarter Horse Motel and RV Park in Benson for 31 years and sold the business in 2020.