(Posted June 15, 2023)
Any resident 18 years of age or older who resides in Madison County can seek election to the Madison Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) board of supervisors. There are two ways someone’s name can placed on the ballot.
The SWCD nominating committee can nominate candidates. This committee works throughout the year, looking for candidates who are interested in the conservation and protection of natural resources in the county.
Or interested individuals can call SWCD at (740) 852-4003 to arrange to pick up a nomination petition form. Potential candidates must secure at least 10 signatures from residents and/or landowners from the county and submit the petition to the district by the close of business on July 12.
Candidates meeting the eligibility requirements and deadline will be listed on the ballot for the special election. The election period run from Aug. 16 to Sept. 14. The annual SWCD banquet is set for Sept. 14. Voting will be available that day from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Der Dutchman Restaurant, 445 S. Jefferson Ave., Plain City.
Soil and water conservation districts, located in all 88 Ohio counties, are legal subdivisions of state government that provide natural resource management assistance to county landowners and other units of local government. The Madison County commissioners and the Ohio Department of Agriculture supply funding to the Madison SWCD. A five-member board of county residents govern the district. Board members serve staggered three-year terms.