Elections: Board of Supervisor
Elections will be conducted by the Ohio Soil and Water Commission during the Open House from 4:00 pm - 6 pm. The term of the current Supervisors, Nathan Gillespie and Linda Peters, will be expiring on December 31, 2019.
There are three ways eligible voters can cast a ballot:
1. At the annual meeting on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 between the hours of 4:00 pm and 6:00pm at the Butler SWCD office located at 1802 Princeton Road, Hamilton, Ohio 45011.
2. In person at the Butler SWCD office from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm from August 6 - August 26, 2019, or in person at the Butler SWCD office from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm on August 27, 2019.
3. Vote absentee by mail, requesting the proper absentee request forms by August 19, 2019 from the SWCD office at 1802 Princeton Road, Suite 300, Hamilton, Ohio 45011. Phone 513-887-3720 or website at www.butlerswcd.org. All mailed absentee ballots must be received at the District’s office by Tuesday, August 27, 2019 by noon.
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 on August 27, 2019 at Butler SWCD at 1802 Princeton Road, Hamilton. Two candidates will be elected for a three year term, starting January 1, 2020. The nominees are Douglas J. Abbott, Nathan Gillespie, and Linda Peters.
Who Can Vote?
To be eligible you must be of legal voting age (18 years) and either be a Butler County resident, or own land or occupy lands in Butler County and be one of the following a non-resident, Firm, corporation, LLC, or trust.
How Do I Vote?
There are three ways an eligible voter can cast a ballot:
1. At the annual meeting on August 27, between the hours of 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm
2. In person at the Butler SWCD office from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm on August 27
3. Vote absentee by requesting the proper absentee request forms by August 19 from the SWCD office at 1802 Princeton Road, Suite 300 Hamilton, OH 45011.
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 may be obtained by requesting the proper absentee request forms from the SWCD office, or visiting our website at www.butlerswcd.org. Requests for absentee ballots must be received in writing using an absentee ballot request form. You can choose from the following two options:
1. By Mail - requests must be received by the Butler SWCD office, between August 6 and August 19.
Butler County Residents: if requesting this ballot by mail, please complete the absentee ballot request for Butler County residents (pdf). Please complete and submit to: Butler SWCD 1802 Princeton Road, Suite 300, Hamilton, Ohio 45011. Please not: submitted request forms for absentee ballots must contain original signature to be valid. Faxes or e-mail attachments will not be accepted.
Firm, Corporation, LLC, trusts, and non-residents that own land or occupy lands in Butler County: if requesting this form, please complete the non resident absentee ballot request (pdf) and either the non resident affidavit (pdf) or the Firm, Corporation, LLC, Trust affidavit (pdf). Please complete and submit to: Butler SWCD, 1802 Princeton Rd. Suite 300, Hamilton, Ohio 45011. Please Note: Submitted request forms for absentee ballots must contain original signature to be valid. Faxes will not be accepted.
2. In Person - visit the Butler SWCD office at 1802 Princeton Road, Suite 300, Hamilton, Ohio 45011 and request an absentee ballot in person between August 6 and August 26, and on August 27 until 12 noon.
Questions? Contact Butler SWCD by phone at 513-887-3720.
Vote In Person at the Open House
Please remember, you can cast your ballot during the annual open house where you can enjoy a free dinner. The open house is located at the Butler SWCD offices, 1802 Princeton Rd, Hamilton, Oh 45011 and will be held on Tuesday, Aug 27, from 4:00—6:00 pm. The winning candidate will be announced after a short awards ceremony recognizing individuals, families, and organizations for their conservation efforts. The awards begin at 6 pm.
Doug Abbott is a 22 -year resident of Fairfield Township and has resided in Ohio since 1991. He and his wife Cathy have three grown children. He grew-up on his parent's farm in Wisconsin and upon graduation from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point with a BS degree in Water Resources, moved to Washington DC in 1989. While in Washington, he was employed as an environmental engineer by a large environmental/geotechnical consulting firm and conducted numerous projects related to storm water permitting and design, wetland delineations, permitting and mitigation; and various other aquatic/hydrologic studies for private and governmental clients.
Doug moved to the Cincinnati area to support the environmental cleanup at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fernald Plant and was extensively involved with the cleanup for nine years ultimately rising to the position of Waste Characterization Manager for the cleanup. While working at Fernald he obtained an MS degree in Environmental Management from the University of Findlay. Since leaving the Fernald cleanup in 2000, he has worked for Duke Energy as a principal engineer and oversees environmental compliance for Duke's Midwest Combustion Turbine plants.
Doug's educational background and 30 year work history in the environmental arena provide a strong skill set for his consideration as a Butler County SWCD board member and he would like to volunteer these skills to help the board address the conservation and environmental challenges Butler County currently faces.
Incumbent, Nathan Gillespie is a 4th generation farmer in Milford Township, and has lived in Butler County all his life. He and his wife Angie have three children, Austin, A.J., and Morgan. Nathan is a full time farmer and owns 65 acres which have been in his family for over 100 years. He farms corn, wheat, soybeans, hay, and also does custom farming. Nathan also owns and operates Gillespie Feed and Farm Supply. Nathan enjoys raising registered Herefords and showing them with his family. He also has a cow/calf operation selling freezer beef.
Nathan has installed 4,810 feet of waterways, a 40 x 58’ Dry Stack Animals Waste Facility, a 40 x 96 Waste Stoage Facility, and a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) on his farm. 75% of his crop is no-till and the rest is minimum tillage. He and his family have cover crops on 25% of their ground, and also use variable rate fertilizer.
Nathan graduated from Talawanda High School and Hobart Institute of Welding Technology as a combination welder. His family attends the St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Darrtown, Ohio. He is a lifetime Talawanda FFA Alumni member and is a board member of the Butler County Cattlemen's Association, currently serving as Treasurer. Nathan served on the Milford Township Fire Department for 25 years, and has been on the Butler County Farm Bureau Board.
“I am currently serving as the Fiscal Agent for Butler SWCD. After completing my third term I have learned a lot about conservation and how Soil and Water Districts operate and make a positive impact on our County. I have also met some great people not only in our County, but around the State, and even the Nation. I would like to continue serving the county representing rural and urban residents alike. With the current and future environmental issues facing agriculture on the horizon, I feel my knowledge and input can still continue to be a valuable asset to the board.”
Incumbent, Linda Peters is a 42-year resident of Liberty Township and a lifetime resident of Butler County. She and her husband Frank have two grown daughters, Laura and Sara. Linda has a B.S. in Elementary Education and Library Science, and an M.A. in Education. Now retired from teaching, Linda taught for 25 years first at Middletown City Schools and then at Lakota Local Schools. During her teaching career, she was chair of her department, served on several building and district committees, and helped develop curriculum for the science and social studies departments.
Linda’s community activities included 4 years as PTA president, including opening two new schools and 30 years with Girl Scouting. She served as troop leader where she helped 20 of her scouts achieve their Gold Award, the highest award for girls in scouting. Several of their projects centered around pond building and outdoor learning centers within the Lakota Schools. Linda also served as District Manager, and for 9 years she coordinated and ran Girl Scout Day Camps and camporees that were attended by over 2000 scouts. Many of the camp activities Linda developed instructed scouts about outdoor education and conservation of the land. Currently, she is actively involved with the Mason Ohio Star Quilting Group, serving as the secretary.
“Completing my first term as a supervisor for the Butler County Soil and Water Conservation District, the workshops, tours, and seminars taught me how impactful Soil and Water Districts can be for their counties. I have met many people in our area, state, and country that have helped me learn more about how rural and urban soil and water decisions affect our county. My main goal in seeking this office is to assist the educational and outreach programs of the Butler SWCD. By using my educational background on behalf of SWCD, I want to continue working to strengthen and develop programs that help future generations understand that conservation of our natural resources is vital to all Butler County residents. I believe that my urban and educational background will continue to provide a different perspective to the Butler County SWCD board.”