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On the ballot: Duval Soil & Water Conservation District

What will the candidates on the ballot do?

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A number of familiar names and offices are on the 2018 midterm election ballot, however, what is likely not so familiar is the job of the Duval Soil & Water Conservation District and the candidates vying to fill seats on the board.

Here are the answers to some of the frequently asked questions to help you before you go to the voting booth. 

  • What is the Duval Soil & Water Conservation District? Created some 65 years ago, the district was formed by concerned citizens and later implemented by the state Legislature. The district's job is to provide assistance, guidance and education to the public in implementing land and water resource protection practices.
  • Who runs the district? The five members who make up the board are called supervisors. One of those supervisors also serves as the district's chairperson. The nonpartisan supervisors, who are not paid, serve four-year terms. While each supervisor is over a particular group, they all serve Duval County at large.
  • Since, they don't have legislative power or the ability to levy taxes, what do they actually do? They develop programs, like the Wetlands Reserve Program, and run educational programs and workshops, like Envirothon. They also review reports from other area environmental agencies, research conservation funding and make recommendations to local and state lawmakers.
  • Who's on this year's ballot?  There are nine candidates. You'll choose a supervisor for Groups 1, 3 and 5. If you'd like to learn more about the candidates running to lead the district over the next four years, visit our Voter's Guide.
  • Are there elections in other districts this year? Soil and Water Conservation District elections are also happening in Alachua, Clay and Columbia counties.