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Fayette SWCD Supervisors Election and how to vote

 2020 Supervisors Election
Meet the candidates & how to vote


Kyle Montgomery and Austin Fitzpatrick are running this year to fill one seat on the Board of Supervisors of the Fayette Soil & Water Conservation District. The Supervisor elected will serve a three-year term, beginning on January 1, 2021. Kyle Montgomery and Austin Fitzpatrick were selected by the Nominating Committee to run. This committee works throughout the year looking for people who are interested in the conservation and protection of natural resources within Fayette County. Persons interested in serving may also submit a petition for their name to be placed on the ballot. However, no petitions were submitted.

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Kyle Montgomery is seeking re-election to the Board. He has served as a Supervisor since 2015. He lives in Concord Township where he is a part owner/operator of a grain farm with his Grandparents, Father, and Brother. He is a 2010 graduate of Miami Trace High School and a 2013 graduate of Wilmington College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ag Business. His farming operation uses minimum till to grow corn and No-Till to raise soybeans. Kyle is a big proponent of drainage tile and believes water quality will continue to be a big issue facing agriculture in the coming years. 

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Austin Fitzpatrick has spent the last ten years working at Precision Ag where he is a sales agronomist focusing primarily on soil health and maintenance. His objective is to ensure healthy soil conditions for crops to thrive in, while following laws and practices to maintain a healthy environment outside of Fayette County’s cropland. He is diligent in his work and passionate about what he’s able to do for a living. Working closely with farmers and landowners alike, he is able to see how generations before him have cared for the land, and has used that knowledge to implement new science and technology to the best of his ability.

 In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, camping, and hiking with his two dogs, taking in what other states and countries have to offer. Though his acoustic guitar shows have halted due to COVID–19, he has recently started a journey in teaching yoga, a hobby he picked up in college. He is a member of the Fayette County Farm Bureau and Washington Courthouse Elks lodge 127, a local organization that focuses on community investment.  Austin has decided to run for Fayette SWCD Supervisor because much like his job, this position entails nothing but his passions. 

How to vote

The election of Supervisors of the Fayette Soil & Water Conservation District will be held in accordance with Chapter 940 of the Ohio Revised Code.

 Persons over the age of 18 who are residents of Fayette County, or owners of land in Fayette County; or owners of a corporation, partnership, association; or other entity in Fayette County registered with the Ohio Secretary of State; may vote for Supervisor. Owners of a corporation, partnership, association; or other entity must designate one voting representative.

 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Supervisor Election will be by absentee ballot only. To request an absentee ballot, call 740-636-0279, email chester.murphy@fayette-co-oh.com, or mail the Fayette SWCD office at 1415 US 22 SW, Suite 500, Washington Court House.

 Absentee ballots must be returned to the Fayette SWCD office before 4:00 p.m., November 10, 2020.

 Call Chet Murphy at 740-636-0279 or chester.murphy@fayette-co-oh.com for more information

The Board is composed of five Supervisors. The duties of the Board include being familiar with and understanding the land and water conditions within the entire district; developing and implementing a strategic plan and an annual plan of work for the conservation and development of natural resources of the district; and establishing sound policies and priorities concerning the work to be accomplished in conservation education and technical assistance on the land.