NOTICE OF ELECTION FOR BOARD DIRECTORS FOR
THE MARION SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
Notice is hereby given that on November 3, 2020, an election will be held for the purpose of electing board directors to the following positions for the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District:
Zone 1, 4 years; Zone 2, 2 years; Zone 4, 4 years; At-Large 1, 4 years. All the Director positions are non-paid and non-partisan. Eligibility requirements, zone boundaries, and copies of the required election forms may be requested from the District by calling their office at 503-391-9927, Ext. 304 to schedule an appointment to pick up the information at 338 Hawthorne Ave NE, Salem, OR 97301 or request to have it mailed. All election forms and information is also available online from the District’s own website at www.marionswcd.net. or by going to https://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/NaturalResources/SWCD/Pages/Elections.aspx Each director candidate must file a “Declaration of Candidacy” and a “Petition for Nomination Signature Sheet” with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Division. The filing deadline is 5:00 p.m. on August 25, 2020.
Positions open for Zones 1, 2, 4 &
|Date||Description of Event||Reference|
July 16, 2020
|First day for district candidate to file Declaration of Candidacy and Petition for Nomination Signature Sheet with ODA. Forms received before this date will be returned to the candidate.||ORS 255.235|
(40 days before final filing date)
|Within 3 days of spending or receiving money, but no later than when completed petition is filed.||Candidates expecting to receive or expend more than $750, but less than $3,500, must file the required forms with the Oregon Secretary of State’s office within three business days of receiving or spending money, but no later than when the completed petition is filed.||ORS 260.035 Candidate “Quick Guide” on Campaign Finance Reporting in Oregon|
August 25, 2020
|Last day for district candidate to file the Declaration of Candidacy and Petition for Nomination Signature Sheet forms with ODA no later than 5:00 p.m.|
Last day for district candidate to file the Withdrawal of Candidacy form for general election with ODA no later than 5:00 p.m.
|ORS 568.520 ORS 255.235 OAR 603-071-0030|
(70 days before election)
|August 26, 2020||First day for district candidate to file the Declaration of Intent and Request for Write-In Votes to be Tallied form with ODA.||ORS 568.530|
|October 20, 2020||Last day for district candidate to file Declaration of Intent and Request For Write-In Votes to be Tallied form with ODA no later than 5:00 p.m.||ORS 568.530|
(14 days before election)
|November 3, 2020||Election Day||ORS 254.056|
|January 3, 2021||First day newly elected directors may take the Oath of Office after receiving election certificates.||Oregon Constitution Article XV, Section 3|
At-large director requirements:
- Must reside within the boundaries of the conservation district and be a registered voter in that District.
- There are no land ownership or management requirements for at-large positions.
Zone director requirements: two options are available to an individual.
- Own or manage 10 or more acres of land in the district by (a) Residing within the zone that is represented, and own or managing 10 or more acres in the conservation district boundaries; or (b) Residing within the conservation district boundaries, and own or managing 10 or more acres within the zone that is being represented.
- Be involved in the active management of the property.
- Be a registered voter in that District.
- Reside within the zone that is represented.
- Have served at least one year as a director or associate director of a district.
- Have a conservation plan approved by the district.
- Be a registered voter in that District.
See Page 9 for Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 568.560(3) Director Requirements and Eligibility.
District boards work cooperatively as a unit to plan and oversee implementation of their district’s programs. District boards set up their own administrative structure and committees as needed, though state statutes requires that every board select a chairperson and secretary. The Marion SWCD board elects a chairperson, vice chairperson and a secretary/treasurer at each January board meeting.
Board members only have power when acting as a part of the district board, they do not have individual powers or authorities, though they may be given authority to act on behalf of the board in specific, limited tasks such as: staff supervision, project management, serving as spokesperson, and signing documents. Customary duties and responsibilities of all individual board members include:
- Attend and actively participate in all board meetings.
- Be prepared for board meetings.
- Carry out committee responsibilities.
- Help with district functions and event.s
- Participate in continuing educational workshops and attend area and state meetings of the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts.
- Stay knowledgeable of local conservation issues
- Promote the district’s work to local landowners, constituents, agencies, and organizations
- Promote the district’s work to legislators and other decision makers regarding district funding