The Marion Soil and Water Conservation District (MSWCD) Board of Directors (Board) is comprised of seven Directors. Each Director is elected by the registered voters of the district to serve a four-year term. There are two types of Director positions available on the MSWCD Board: At-large and Zone.

The MSWCD has six Director positions up for election in 2022 four Zone Directors and two At-Large. Check with the MSWCD office to determine if you are eligible for an At-large or a Zone position. Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) will review the information provided on the Declaration of Candidacy form to ensure the candidate qualifies for the position.

a map of Marion County showing the five zones. Zone 1 is in the northwest, zone 2 is in the northeast, zone 3 is the central area of Marion County, Zone 4 is the southwest, and zone 5 is the eastern area of the county.

A. At Large Director Eligibility

  • Must reside within the boundaries of MSWCD.
  • Must be a registered voter in that District.

B. Zone Director Eligibility

The other positions on SWCD boards are Zone positions. Two pathways to Zone Director eligibility are:

Option #1:

  • Must reside within the boundaries of MSWCD.
  • Must be a registered voter in that District.
  • Must be involved in the active management of 10 or more acres of land in the district by:
    • Residing within the zone that is represented, and actively managing 10 or more acres in the conservation district boundaries; or
    • Residing within the conservation district boundaries, and actively managing 10 or more acres within the zone that is being represented.

Option #2:

  • Must reside within the boundaries of MSWCD.
  • Must be a registered voter in that District.
  • Have served at least one year as a director or associate director of a district.
  • Have a conservation plan approved by the district.

Request an Information Packet

Interested candidates can request an information packet, which includes information about the MSWCD, Director position, and application/selection process, by contacting Brenda Sanchez at 503- 871-7311 or by email at [email protected]. You may also visit our office by appointment located at 408 N Third Ave, Stayton.

We also recommend attending a MSWCD Board meeting prior to deciding to be a candidate to understand what Director duties entail before making a commitment. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM. Contact Brenda Sanchez if interested in attending a Board meeting.

Dates to Know

Dates to know for the 2022 Director election:

  • July 21, 2022, 8:00 AM: First day to file Declaration of Candidacy and Petition for Nomination Signature Sheet
  • August 30, 2022, 5:00 PM: Last day to file Declaration of Candidacy and Petition for Nomination Signature Sheet
  • November 8, 2022: Election Day
  • January 1, 2023: First day of Director term.

For more information, please contact District Manager Brenda Sanchez at 503-871-7311.