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Elections: Board of Supervisor

2023 Butler SWCD Supervisor Elections
Election Legal Notice

The Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission will cause an election of Supervisors of the Butler Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) to be held in accordance with Chapter 940 of the Ohio Revised Code. Individuals who own or occupy land within the Butler Soil and Water Conservation District and are 18 years of age or older may vote for Supervisor.

There are 4 ways an eligible voter can cast a ballot:

1. At the SWCD office, 1802 Princeton Rd., Suite 300, Hamilton, Ohio 45011, from 7/29/2023 until 8/27/2023 during normal business hours; or

2. At the SWCD Annual Meeting, which will take place at Hanover Reserve, 1905 Millville Oxford Road, Hamilton, Ohio 45013  on 8/15/2023 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM ; or

3. At the Butler County Fair Livestock Auction, which will take place at 1715 Fairgrove Ave., Hamilton, Ohio 45011 on 7/29/2023 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM; or

4. Voting absentee from 7/29/2023 until 8/27/2023, by requesting the ballot application and election ballot from the SWCD office at the following address 1802 Princeton Rd, Suite 300, Hamilton, Ohio 45011, by calling (513) 887-3720, or email All absentee ballots must be requested by 8/21/2023.

Absentee ballots must be received by the SWCD office by 8/28/2023 at 12:00 PM Noon.        


Two Supervisors will be elected to a three‐year term commencing January 1, 2024 and ending  December 31, 2026.

Nominees are:

  1. Harold E. Baxter Jr. 

  2. Jeremy Fruth

  3. Nathan Krause

How Do I Vote?

There are three ways eligible voters can cast a ballot:

1.) In person at the Butler SWCD office from July 29 until August 27, 2023, during normal business hours: or

2.) Voting absentee by requesting a ballot from July 29 until August 21, 2023, requests can be made in person by coming to the SWCD office at the following address 1802 Princeton Road, Suite 300, Hamilton, Ohio 45011, by calling 513-887-3720, or emailing Absentee ballots must be received by the SWCD office by 12:00 pm on August 28, 2023.

3.) Vote at one of our in-person events listed below:

  • Butler County Livestock Sale, Saturday, July 29 from 9 AM to 12 PM

  • Butler SWCD Annual Meeting, Tuesday, August 15 from 6 to 8 PM

To be eligible to vote residents must be at least 18 years old and reside within the District. Due to new rules in place we no longer require an affidavit on file with Butler SWCD attesting the eligibility of Firms, corporations, LLCs, trust, and non-residents that own land or occupy lands in Butler County; by signing the ballot you are verifying you legally are 18 years or older and eligible to vote as a non-resident landowner, a representative of the identified firm, corporation, LLC, or trust.


Absentee Ballot Request

Butler County residents or non-residents, Firms, corporations, LLCs, and trusts that own land or occupy lands in Butler County can vote absentee by mail or in person. Absentee ballots and ballot envelopes can be mailed to voters from July 29 until August 21 after being  requested by:

1. Mail—1802 Princeton Road, Suite 300, Hamilton, Ohio 45011

2. Phone— Call 513-887-3720

3. Electronically— email at

4. In Person— 1802 Princeton Road, Suite 300, Hamilton, Ohio 45011

Questions? Contact Butler SWCD by phone at 513-887-3720.





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Harold E. Baxter Jr. 

Harold E. Baxter Jr., grew up on a dairy farm in Union (West Chester) Township and currently resides in Liberty Township. Harold is a widower with four grown children and ten grandchildren. He retired after serving as the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) Administrator with the Butler County Auditor’s Office for 47 years. Harold is also a long time Butler County Farm Bureau member, a life member of the Liberty Township Historical Society, and active in the Liberty Heights Church.

In May of 2023, Harold was appointed to fill a vacancy in the Butler SWCD Board of Supervisors. However, this is not the first time Harold has worked with Butler SWCD. Prior to his position with the Auditor’s Office, Harold served as the Executive Secretary from 1971 to 1976.

In 2021 Harold received the Butler SWCD Friend of Conservation award for his continued assistance with the District. He has been a guest speaker at landowner workshops discussing changes to the county’s CAUV program and also encouraged residents to contact the District when they had any questions regarding conservation.

Harold would like to continue serving Butler County by helping promote and assist the District with conservation issues.

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Jeremy Fruth

Incumbent, Jeremy Fruth, a resident of Wayne Township, is seeking re-election as Supervisor of the Butler Soil and Water Conservation District. Jeremy is a production grain and cattle farmer, farming 1,200 acres consisting of corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay. He has been long affiliated with Miami University’s biology, geology, and environmental science departments, where he graduated and continues to work in research and lab development.

Jeremy has installed over 10,000 feet of CRP waterway projects through the SWCD on his property. He was awarded the Joe Dudley Outstanding Conservation, and has completed two Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans.

In the past Jeremy has helped lead our county’s FFA soils judging competition. Jeremy would appreciate the opportunity to again serve as a supervisor on the board. Having worked for Soil and Water from 2007 - 2010, he understands the conservation issues that the agricultural and urban communities face in Butler County, and hopes to continue offering his guidance and assistance with these issues.


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Nathan Krause

Nathan Krause, is a construction contractor and small farmer who lives in Oxford Township. He and his wife Stacie have four daughters and are life-long residents of Butler County. Nathan is constantly working to improve and maintain drainage management and soil health on his farms. He also owns a small business that performs invasive brush and tree species removal with a focus on propagating and maintaining native plant and tree species.

Nathan is involved in projects and ministries at Queen of Peace parish in Millville, Ohio. He is a veteran of the United States Army. He is a current member of the Izaak Walton League of America. Nathan is also involved with multiple projects for the Butler County Fair.


Nathan has always had a passion for all things agriculture, and is an active outdoorsman and conservationist. Nathan has extensive experience and knowledge through construction and maintenance in the water production and wastewater treatment industry. He hopes to use his experiences and abilities to better serve our community

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