INCUMBENTS TO STEP DOWN: OPPORTUNITY FOR CITY RESIDENTS INTERESTED IN POLITICS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Rich Collins and John Conover encourage interested Charlottesville citizens to run for the non-partisan, elected positions to the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District.
Their seats will be on the November general election ballot. We have enjoyed two terms but will not stand for re-election this year. We believe that democracy, like crops, thrives on turnover. The filing deadline is June 9. The term is four years. There is no compensation other than satisfaction.
Soil and Water districts are a product of the Dust Bowl in the 1930’s and now cover the nation. In recent years the emphasis has been on preserving our waters, rivers and, in the mid-Atlantic, the Chesapeake Bay.
The Thomas Jefferson District is made up of Albemarle, Nelson, Fluvanna, Louisa and the City of Charlottesville. Each political subdivision elects two commissioners. It has become increasingly recognized that urban activities, primarily water runoff, impact our neighboring streams, rivers and the Bay.
The following links give some general information about the goals and work of the Soil & Water District.
If you would like to talk, contact either Rich or John. If you would like to attend a monthly meeting, they are on the 4th Wednesday, 10:00-noon and open to the public.