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Cuyahoga SWCD Supervisor Election

Board of Supervisors Election – Wednesday, October 19, 2016

In accordance with Chapter 940 of the Ohio Revised Code, an election of one supervisor of Cuyahoga SWCD will be held. Residents or landowners, firms and corporations that own land or occupy land in Cuyahoga County and are at least 18 years of age, may for a supervisor. A non-resident landowner, firm or corporation must provide an affidavit of eligibility, which includes designation of a voting representative, prior to casting a ballot.

There are three ways an eligible voter can cast a ballot:

  • At the annual meeting, which will take place on October 19, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m., at the Ohio Aerospace Institute, 22800 Cedar Point Road, Brook Park, OH.

  • At the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District office from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. until October 19 at 3:00 p.m., or

  • Vote absentee by:
    Requesting the proper absentee request forms from the Cuyahoga SWCD office, 6100 West Canal Rd, Valley View, Ohio 44125. Questions? Call the office at 216/524-6580, ext.10

    -Absentee Ballot request form - 2016

We hope you will join us at our Annual Meeting on October 19th - click here for more information and registration.


MEET THE CANDIDATES
Two candidates are running for the Board Supervisor position (2017-2019 term). Landowners or residents of Cuyahoga County are eligible to vote for their favorite candidate, either by absentee ballot or at the Annual Meeting.

WHITNYE LONG
Ms. Long learned about the Cuyahoga SWCD through her connection to the Western Reserve Resource Conservation & Development Council. She is employed as the Community Coordinator of the Let’s Move! Outside initiative with the YMCA of Greater Cleveland and has experience in the education, youth engagement, community development and hospitality management fields.

Ms. Long’s interests include volunteerism, visual arts, volleyball and outdoor recreation. She recently has been involved in community outreach and leadership to raise environmental awareness. She majored in biology at Case Western Reserve University and environmental studies at the University of Rhode Island.

Ms. Long believes the mission of the Cuyahoga SWCD aligns with her professional goals. Recently, her career has taken a direction that reflects her lifestyle in ways that promote consistency between her thoughts and actions. She states, “Environmentalism and conservation are important aspects of our society and the opportunity to share my personal passion in these areas is one way in which I can make a contribution. She looks forward to participating in the continued development of the Cuyahoga SWCD as a board supervisor while creating the necessary pathways to expand on the shared objective of maintaining best community practices individually, as well as collectively.

HOWARD MAIER
Wishing to continue serving as a Supervisor of the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District (CSWCD), I respectfully ask for your vote. I believe my experience and energy will continue to benefit the CSWCD, the citizens of Cuyahoga County, and the environment we all cherish.

I’ve been a Supervisor since 2013 and have had the honor of serving as Vice Chair since I first took office. During my tenure, the board and its excellent staff have provided environmental services for Cuyahoga County and its communities within our financial means and according to policies, laws, and plans.

Prior to my service on the board, I was Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) from 1991 until my retirement in 2012. Much of my work at NOACA and elsewhere focused on transportation, land use, advocacy, policy, administration, and the environment.

During my tenure, NOACA completed updates to its water quality plan based on Section 208 of the Clean Water Act. All planning was done with an engaged board, highly skilled technical staff, public involvement, multiple governmental and private sector partners, sound fiscal management, and in a transparent manner. This background has helped immeasurably in my work as a Supervisor.

As a Supervisor, I will continue active involvement, collaboration, and a commitment to policies and programs that address the existing and emerging challenges within our mission of conserving soil and water resources.