Patterson received 2,748 votes to Virgil Turner's 2,381, in the cooperative's recent board election, and now represents District 1.
Patterson said he is excited to dive into the issues before DMEA, including its contract with its wholesale power provider and the completion of the South Canal hydropower project and the new power station that will accommodate that project east of Montrose.
As a new member of the board, he said he'd like to take a look at DMEA's construction contracts to see if more work can be awarded to local workers.
He said he's excited to see what role DMEA can play in expanding the area's broadband capacities, and that he will advocate for new technologies that can advance service.
Also coming out ahead in the election was incumbent Brent Hines, who received 2,686 votes, to opponents Tammy Theis and Kay Heinschel's 1,127 and 1,293 votes, respectively.
Hines will continue to represent District 2.
Marshall Collins, unchallenged in this year's election, will continue to represent District 5.
Convening on June 15, the new board elected Glen Black as board president, Nancy Hovde as vice president and Mike Sramek as secretary. Collins will continue as DMEA's representative on the board of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, DMEA's wholesale power provider.
Ed Marston, Tony Prendergast and Terry Brown also serve on the DMEA board.