Concerned about the water quality in Story County? You can make a difference by filing before Aug. 27 to run as a Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Commissioner. District commissioners whose terms are expiring include: Dale Farnham of Ames, and Sue Upchurch of Zearing. Jerry Radke of Nevada holds an appointment to an unexpired term ending in 2017, which will also appear on the ballot. Successors will be elected at the general election Nov. 4.
Any qualified elector residing in the soil and water conservation district, which is all of Story County including cities and towns, is eligible for the office of commissioner, except that no more than one commissioner may be a resident of any one township. Incumbent commissioners are Mark Tjelmeland of Warren Township and Steve Fales of Franklin Township. Therefore, residents of these townships would not be eligible for office at this time.
Prospective candidates seeking the office of SWCD commissioner must file nomination petitions in the same manner as for other elective positions at the general election, except that no political party is designated. Nomination petitions can be obtained from the county auditor. These petitions, signed by 25 eligible electors, must be filed with the county auditor at the Story County Courthouse, no later than Aug. 27.
Individuals elected in November 2014 will serve a term of four years. Commissioners meet monthly to discuss the business of the district. In addition, commissioners are community leaders in resource management, providing guidance and information to their friends and neighbors.
Commissioners are volunteers and may receive compensation for expenses related to attending meetings and other activities of the board. For further information, contact the Story SWCD at 515-382-2217, ext. 3.