Minnesota citizens interested in influencing natural resources issues at the local level are encouraged to run for supervisor of their local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).

SWCD supervisor positions are filled through general elections which will take place on Nov. 8.

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The Becker County districts that are up for election are 2, 3 and 5. Those interested in running for supervisor should file at the County Auditor’s office betweeh May17-31.

“An SWCD is a special purpose unit of government comprised of nonpartisan, elected supervisors who are passionate about conserving Minnesota’s remarkable natural resources,” said MASWCD President Ian Cunningham. “SWCDs focus on building community relationships and collaborate with private

landowners to conserve and protect our state’s land and water resources.”

SWCDs are a primary source of conservation information, support, and program management for landowners and other local units of government.

Candidates are elected county wide, but must reside in one of the nomination districts up for election.

SWCD Supervisors serve four year terms. Supervisors do not receive a salary, although they do receive compensation for attending meetings and are reimbursed for expenses. Contact your local SWCD for more information, or visit www.co.becker.mn.us/dept/soil_water/supervisor_elections.aspx.