District Election

Thursday August 22, 2019

As a part of Ohio, the Ross Soil and Water Conservation District elects volunteer Supervisors to oversee District operations. Ross County residents, landowners and land occupiers age 18 and over, corporations, LLC's and trusts can vote in the election (see below for complete eligibility criteria). There are two Supervisor seats that expire this year so two Supervisors will be elected for terms beginning January 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2022.

Voting will take place before the Annual Meeting of the Ross Soil and Water Conservation District which will be held at the Ross County Service Center on August 22, 2019. For those who cannot attend the meeting, you can vote by absentee ballot in person or by mail from August 1, 2019 through 12:00 p.m. on August 22, 2019.

Ross Soil and Water Conservation District

Annual Meeting

Ross County Service Center

475 Western Avenue

Chillicothe, Ohio

 

Thursday August 22, 2019

5:00 p.m. Doors Open

5:15 p.m. Voting Begins

6:30 p.m. Voting Ends

6:30 Dinner Program Begins

Featuring Seven Miles Smokehouse

Meet the Candidates

Michael M. Anderson

Mike Anderson is tied to his roots and has served the community nearly his entire life. Mike has been farming land as a third-generation farmer at their present location near South Salem, raising grain, hay and beef cattle. Mike is a retired science teacher with Greenfield Schools and has lived in Buckskin Township for 61 of his 64 years. Mike is seeking reelection to continue serving on the Ross Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors and Mike is also a board member for the Ross County Farm Bureau. Mike and his wife Mindy have three sons, two daughters-in-law and three grandchildren.

Meet the Candidates

Brian Brown

Brian Brown may be best known for over 5 million views on YouTube as the creator of the “Brian’s Farming Videos” channel. The site – with over 33,000 subscribers – was originally intended to simply save memories from daily life on the farm. It wasn't long before the channel evolved as Brian discovered his passion for sharing and educating people on the daily ups and downs that farmers and their families experience year to year. Brian is a fourth-generation farmer with his father at Brown Family Farms. An avid hunter and hiker, Brian enjoys family activities with his wife Kayla and their three children who reside near Londonderry.

Meet the Candidates

Greg Ramsey

Greg Ramsey enjoys doing what he loves working on the family farm. Since 2015, Greg has been at Hiser Seeds in Clarksburg. Greg says his role there includes everything from “sweeping the floors to Inventory Management, IT Support and field work.” Greg has experience as a laboratory analyst at the Ohio Seed Improvement Association in Dublin, Ohio and experience in sales at JD Equipment. Greg earned his degree in Ag Systems Management from the Ohio State University where he was a member of the OSU Marching Band. Greg and his wife Jessica reside in Clarksburg with their three daughters.

Cast Your Ballot

The District appreciates the candidates' interest in the Soil & Water Conservation District. Please support the candidate of your choice by voting in the election. If you cannot join us before the Annual Meeting, you can vote by absentee ballot. Here's how:

To Request an Absentee Ballot:

In Person

Visit the Ross Soil & Water Conservation District office in the Ross County Service Center at 475 Western Avenue, Suite H in Chillicothe, Ohio between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from August 1, 2019 through 12:00 p.m. on August 22, 2019. 

By Mail

Beginning August 1, 2019 and before August 17, 2019; you may request an absentee ballot by writing to:

Ross SWCD
475 Western Ave Suite H
Chillicothe, OH 45601

You will receive an absentee ballot request form that must be mailed back to the Ross SWCD office to receive the official absentee ballot and registration envelope.

A person shall limit their request for their own personal ballot, except that written requests signed individually from all other qualified electors in the same household can be submitted in the same envelope, which is to be mailed to SWCD address. (Note that request forms for absentee ballots must have original signature to be valid. Faxed, email or scanned requests will not be accepted)

Online

Click the Residents button to download a RESIDENT Absentee Ballot request form

Click the NON-Resident button to download a NON-Resident / Firm / Corporation / LLC / Trust Absentee Ballot request form and affidavits

Voter Eligibility and Requirements


Resident:

- May cast one vote and be 18 years of age or older and legal resident of the county


- Is a landowner or land occupier (lives in county) and may vote only once as a
landowner/land occupier regardless of the number of parcels owned, leased or
rented


- Must register to vote either through absentee voting process or at time and place of
election using the SEL-6 form (election registry)


Non-resident landowner:
- May cast one vote in each county land is owned and be 18 years of age or older


- File notarized affidavit (SEL-8) certifying land ownership prior to registering to vote


- Name must be listed on deed at County Recorder’s Office


- May vote only once as a non-resident landowner regardless of number of parcels
owned; and


- Must register to vote either through absentee voting process or at time and place of
election using the SEL-7 form (election registry)


Non-resident land occupier


- May cast one vote in each county voter leases, rents or is a tenant and be 18 years
of age or older


- File a notarized affidavit (SEL-8) certifying land occupier status prior to registering to
vote - example: verbal farm lease, should have canceled rent check or FSA
document


- May vote only once as a land occupier regardless of the number of leases or
properties rented; and


- Must register to vote either through absentee voting process or at time and place of
election using the SEL-7 form (election registry)

 


Corporation or Firm:


- May cast one vote as a land owner or land occupier regardless of number of parcels
owned or leases held


- File a notarized affidavit (SEL-9) verifying status of land ownership or land occupier
status prior to registering to vote


- Affidavit must identify a specific individual who will cast the corporations vote and
signed by appropriate corporate officer


- Voter must 18 years of age or older; and


- Must register to vote either through absentee voting process or at time and place of
election using the SEL-7 form (election registry)

 


Limited Liability Companies (LLC):


- May cast one vote as landowner or land occupier


- LLC Officer or LLC designee may vote, but not members


- File a notarized affidavit (SEL-9) certifying landownership or land occupier status
prior to registering to vote


- Affidavit must identify a specific individual to cast the LLC’s vote and be signed the
appropriate LLC Officer; and


- Voter must be 18 years of age or older and must register either through absentee
voting process or at time and place of election.

 


Trusts:


- May cast one vote as landowner or land occupier


- Trustee or trustee designee may vote but not beneficiary


- Must file a notarized affidavit (SEL-9) certifying landownership or land occupier
status prior to registering to vote


- Affidavit must identify a specific individual to cast the Trusts Vote and be signed by
the Trustee; and


- Voter must be 18 years of age or older and must register to vote either through
absentee voting process or at time and place of election

ELECTION LEGAL NOTICE

The Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission will cause an election of Supervisors of the Ross Soil and Water Conservation District to be held in accordance with Chapter 940 of the Ohio Revised Code. Residents or landowners, firms, and corporations that own land or occupy land in the Ross Soil and Water Conservation District and are 18 years of age and older may vote for Supervisor. A non-resident landowner, firm, or corporation must provide an affidavit* of eligibility, which includes designation of a voting representative, prior to casting a ballot. There are three ways an eligible voter can cast a ballot: (1) at the SWCD annual meeting/election event, which will take place on August 22, 2019 at 5:15 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Ross County Service Center, 475 Western Avenue, Chillicothe, Ohio; or (2) at the SWCD office from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday until 12:00 p.m. on August 22, 2019; or (3) vote absentee by requesting the proper absentee request forms from the SWCD office at 475 Western Ave, Suite H, Chillicothe, OH 45601 and online at www.rosscountyswcd.org. Two (2) Supervisors will be elected to a three year term. Nominees are Michael M. Anderson, Brian Brown, and Greg Ramsey. *Sample affidavits are available from the SWCD office.