Mower SWCD board seats up for election
Filing open through June 5 for 3 supervisor roles
AUSTIN, Minn. — Wednesday, May 23, 2018 — Candidate filing is open now for three seats up for countywide election this fall on the Mower Soil & Water Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors.
On Tuesday, election filing opened for various local and state offices, including for three of Mower SWCD’s five supervisor seats. Candidates for the Mower SWCD Board of Supervisors are elected countywide — Nov. 6 this year — but each candidate must live in the district selected in his or her election filing.
Current board members Micah Peterson (District 2); James Kellogg (District 3); and Randy Smith (District 4) have seats up for election. Kellogg and Smith have four-year terms expiring at the year’s end; Peterson was appointed by the Mower SWCD board in January 2017 to a special two-year term due to no one filing for election in fall 2016.
Due to Peterson’s special appointment, the District 2 representative elected this fall will serve a two-year term. District 2 covers the townships of Pleasant Valley, Racine, Grand Meadow and Frankford in Mower County’s northeast section.
District 3 and 4 representatives will serve four-year terms. District 3 includes Clayton, Bennington, Lodi and LeRoy townships. District 4 covers Windom, Marshall, Lyle, Nevada and Adams townships.
Those interested in filing for a Mower SWCD supervisor seat should file at the Mower County Auditor’s office.
Mower SWCD’s Board of Supervisors meet monthly at 8 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at the SWCD office in Austin. Supervisors do not receive a salary but get compensation for attending meetings and expense reimbursements.
SWCDs are a primary source of conservation information, support and program management for landowners and other local units of government. They are the technical experts that understand their specific communities’ needs and help landowners navigate conservation programs from start to finish.
An elected board of supervisors governs each of Minnesota’s 88 SWCDs. Supervisors meet monthly to discuss the SWCD’s business, such as state grant allocations to landowners; district conservation priorities; coordination with other local units of government and state and federal agencies.
In Minnesota, SWCDs are a primary source of conservation information, support and program management for landowners and other local units of government. SWCD staffs are the technical experts who understand their specific communities’ needs and help landowners navigate conservation programs from start to finish.