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District Election

Vote Now through September 17, 2021

Voting begins on Thursday August 19, 2021 at the district's annual meeting.

In-person voting starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Sunroom at the Brick at 113 East High Street in Frankfort.

You do not need to attend the annual meeting to vote.

Absentee voting by mail continues for 30 days until September 17, 2021.

Please include your mailing address

You may also call 740-772-4110 Extension # 3 to request an absentee ballot 

or write to:




The District elects volunteer Supervisors to oversee District operations. All Ross County residents, property owners, and farm operators at least 18 years of age or older are eligible to vote. Two Supervisors will be elected for terms beginning January 1, 2022 and ending December 31, 2024.

Meet the Candidates

Philip Gray

Pamela Petzel Snyder

Philip Gray is a lifelong Ross County resident who recently retired from the National Rifle Association as Director of Field Staff.  In his role, he managed staff nationwide in fundraising and working with volunteers to sponsor youth shooting sports such as 4-H and Scouts. He also worked with legislators to ensure our Second Amendment rights. Philip believes in our youth and has raised millions of dollars during his career at the NRA. He served on the Ross Soil and Water Conservation District Board until 1992 when he resigned as he started his new job at the NRA. Before that he worked at AEP in the Engineering Office working with landowners to provide electric right of way and easements across Ross County.  As a landowner, he believes that soil and water conservation is important to our county to preserve our future for the next generation.  Philip and his wife, Dianna live in eastern Ross County and have a son and two grandchildren.  He is a member of the Ross County Farm Bureau and the Ross County Women’s Republican Organization.

Meet the Candidates

Pamela Petzel Snyder

Pamela Petzel Snyder has spent most of her life in northeastern Ross County in Colerain Township. In fact, she lives in the house on the family farm in Hallsville where she grew up. Pam is running for re-election to the RCSWCD Board of Directors. She is a graduate of Zane Trace High School and The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Pam retired after a 35-year career teaching for Columbus City Schools. In her last position with the district, she taught an Ag BioScience Technology career-technical program. As part of that assignment, she co-advised the only FFA Chapter in Franklin County. Additionally, Pam prepares curriculum for Ohio Soybean Council’s GrowNextGen project, where she creates lessons that integrate agriculture into science topics. She presents workshops to teachers at the local, regional, state and national levels. She is also a member of the Ross County Farm Bureau Board of Trustees. Pam is married to Tom Snyder and is mother to two adult daughters. Pam and Tom as well as their daughters were all active 4-H members. Pam and her extended family recently placed a portion of the family farm into a conservation easement to create a permanent wetland. She also enjoys training her Border Collie for agility and conformation competitions.

Meet the Candidates

Beth Workman

I am a mother of four children and a grandmother of five. I am a retired teacher from the Paint Valley Local Schools. My life has been devoted to family and to children. I taught junior high science for the last eleven years of my teaching career. During that time, I completed a Master’s degree in The Teaching of Science from Montana State University. I spent three summers in Montana/Wyoming in the outdoor learning classrooms of Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, and Makoshika State Park. Based on these experiences, I became convinced that students need to learn about science outdoors. I worked with the Ross County Parks District to pass their levy in 2019. When I went to talk to our local schools about this levy, we all agreed that we need to get our students off their devices and outside. The best way to teach our children to love our natural environment is to get them out in nature.  I’ve learned a little about land conservancy from my cousin Krista MaGaw, who is the executive director of the Tecumseh Land Trust. They focus mainly on farm easements, which I want to learn much more about. I also have worked on projects with another conservancy called the Appalachian Ohio Alliance. They focus more on preserving forests. I believe that more people working together to preserve our farmland, forests and clean waterways would give us the best chance to pass these resources on to our future generations. I am the chair of the Natural Resources Committee of the Ross County League of Women Voters. We are working with ODNR to help Paint Creek become a scenic waterway and are also working to establish a “Friends of Paint Creek” work group. I’m also proud to represent St. Mary’s Parish on the Adena Hospital’s Board of Trustees.

Voter Eligibility and Requirements

All owners and occupiers of land at least 18 years of age or older within Ross County are eligible to vote for SWCD board supervisor. This includes legal residents of Ross County, non-resident land-owners, non-resident land occupiers, and representatives of firms, corporations, limited liability companies (LLC), or trusts located within Ross County. All eligible voters must certify their status as an eligible voter by signature on the ballot application. Individuals may vote under each of the above listed applicable categories only once regardless of the number of parcels owned, or number of leases or properties rented. One LLC officer or representative may vote on behalf of an LLC, but members may not. A trustee or designee may vote for a trust, but not a beneficiary.

Voter Eligibility Form (EL-7)

All absentee voters need to complete and sign the Voter Verification Form (EL-7). Question number 1 needs marked yes stating the voter is at least 18 years old. If question number 2 is marked NO, check the appropriate box in question number 3. The name and address information need to be completed. For LLC, partnerships, etc. this address should be the person’s mailing address who is voting. Not the address of the LLC or Partnership. The voter verification form must be signed. Ballots received and not accompanied by a fully completed voter verification form will be deemed invalid.

Election Notice

The Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission will cause an election of Supervisors of the Ross Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) to be held in accordance with Chapter 940 of the Ohio Revised Code. Individuals who own or occupy land within the Ross Soil and Water Conservation District and are 18 years of age or older may vote for Supervisor.

There are two ways an eligible voter can cast a ballot:

1.) At the SWCD Annual Meeting, which will take place at the Sunroom at the Brick banquet facility at 113 East High Street in Frankfort, Ohio on August 19, 2021 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; or

2.) Voting absentee from August 19, 2021 to September 17, 2021, by requesting the ballot application and election ballot from the Ross SWCD office at the following address: Ross SWCD, 475 Western Ave Ste H, Chillicothe, OH 45601, by calling

740-772-4110 ext. 3, or email

Absentee ballots must be received by the Ross SWCD office by September 17, 2021.

Two Supervisors will be elected to a three‐year term commencing January 1, 2022 and ending December 31, 2024.


Nominees are:

1. Philip Gray
2. Pamela Petzel Snyder
3. Beth Workman