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Here is an info sheet about Zone and At-Large Board Director Roles, Responsibilities and Eligibility Criteria. Here is an info sheet about the roles and responsibilities of Associate Directors- a great first step for District engagement! If you are interested in joining the board, you may submit an application using this fillable form. Before submitting your application, save it using this naming convention: YYYY-MM-DD Board App Last Name. For example, Jane Smith’s application submitted November 25 2020 would have the name 2020-11-25 Board App Smith.
Copies of the required elections forms may be obtained by calling Benton SWCD Operations Manager at 541-753-7208. Election forms and information may also be found on the Oregon Department of Agriculture website here.
Each candidate must file a “Declaration of Candidacy” and a “Petition for Nomination Signature Sheet” with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Division. For the 2020 election cycle, the filing deadline is 5:00 p.m. on August 25, 2020.
If no candidate filed to have their name place on the ballot for a position, then the position becomes open for write-in candidates. Individuals may file a Declaration of Intent and Request for Write-In Votes to be Tallied form with ODA to have write-in votes cast in their behalf tallied. For the 2020 election cycle, candidates must file this form no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 20, 2020.
The county clerk will not count any write-in votes cast for any person for that position if there are no names on the ballot, and if there are no Declaration of Intent and Request for Write-In Votes to be Tallied forms filed. Please contact ODA if the write-in option is being considered. This form may be obtained at the local Soil and Water Conservation District office, or on the Oregon Department of Agriculture website here.