The Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission will cause an election of supervisors of the Delaware 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 Delaware County, Ohio and are 18 years of age or older may vote for supervisor. Eligible voters may vote absentee beginning on October 17th through November 15th, 2022 (4:30 p.m.).

Beginning at 8:00 a.m., October 17th, 2022, eligible voters can request an absentee ballot for themselves and for any qualified electors in the same household.  Please provide the name of each qualified elector in the request.  Requests can be through one of the following methods:

  • Printing and mailing in a voter verification form via the U.S. Postal Service to 557 A Sunbury Road, Delaware, OH 43015.
  • Calling Delaware SWCD at 740-368-1921 to request voter verification form be mailed to your registered address.
  • Sending a request through the “Contact Us” form.
  • In person at the Delaware SWCD, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. up until November 15th, 2022.

Completed ballots may be returned to the office via U.S. Postal Service or in-person and must be received at the Delaware SWCD office by November 15th, 2022 by 4:30 p.m.

Two supervisors will be elected to a three-year term commencing January 1, 2023 and ending December 31, 2025.  The nominees are Sue Cunningham, Darren Reiter, and Brian Skinner. Get to know the candidates!

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This year serves as a historic one for our organization, as long-serving board supervisor, Ted Colflesh, retires from his position. Ted retires having served on the board for a whopping 36 years. Ted and wife, Jackie, own and operate JELAWR Farms in Brown Township. They practice soil conservation on their systematically drained land producing corn, soybeans, and wheat with conventional and reduced tillage systems. They also have a farrow-to-finish hog operation and a cow-calf herd. Ted served as a Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor since 1987, and he and his family attend Zion United Church of Christ in Delaware.

Ohio’s 88 soil and water conservation districts are led by five local board members who are the key to the success of the district. These selfless volunteers serve three-year terms and provide leadership and motivation to the SWCD staff. The election of board members, conducted annually by the Ohio Soil & Water Conservation Commission in accordance with Chapter 940 of the Ohio Revised Code, remains a vital part of the fabric of the SWCD mission. Because the SWCD is a government entity, these board members are public officials, following the same rules and guidelines as those elected during general elections.

Delaware SWCD’s current board members are Sue Cunningham, Ted Colflesh, Mike Hope, Dan Lane, and Charlie Reffitt. Current board member, Sue Cunningham, seeks re-election, and Darren Reiter and Brian Skinner round out the certified candidates seeking one of the two vacant seats on the ballot.