Elections: Board of Supervisor

2021 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. The term of current Supervisor, Gary Gerber, will be expiring on December 31, 2021.

 

There are 3 ways an eligible voter can cast a ballot:

  1. At the SWCD office from August 10 until September 8 during normal business hours

  2. Attending one of the following three events to vote in person​​​​:

  • Thursday, August 19 at the Cover Crop Field Day​

              1802 Princeton Road, Hamilton 45011

               9:00 AM - 3:00 PM​

  • Tuesday, August 24 at the Pesticide Disposal Event

​               1715 Fairgrove Avenue, Hamilton 45011​

                9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Tuesday, August 31 at Butler SWCD's Annual Meeting 

               8558 Beckett Road, West Chester 45069​

               6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    3. Voting absentee. Absentee ballots can be requested from August 10 until September 2:

             a) Mail: 1802 Princeton Road, Suite 300, Hamilton, Ohio 45011

             b) Phone: 513-887-3720

             c) Electronically: email at butlerswcd@butlercountyohio.org.

        Absentee ballots must be received by the SWCD office by September 8, 2021.

 

One Supervisor will be elected to a three-year term commencing January 1, 2022 and ending December 31, 2024.

 

Nominees are:

  1. Gary Gerber

  2. Brian Smith

How Do I Vote?

There are three ways eligible voters can cast a ballot:

1.) In person at the Butler SWCD office from August 10th until September 8th, during normal business hours: or

2.) Voting absentee by requesting a ballot from August 10th until September 2nd, 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 butlerswcd@butlercountyohio.org. Absentee ballots must be received by the SWCD office by September 8, 2021.

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

  • Cover Crop Field Day, Thursday, August 19 from 9 AM to 3 PM

  • Pesticide Disposal Event, Tuesday, August 24 from 9 AM to 3 PM 

  • Butler SWCD Annual Meeting, Tuesday, August 31 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 August 10 until September 2 after being  requested by:

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

2. Phone— Call 513-887-3720

3. Electronically— email at butlerswcd@butlercountyohio.org

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

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

 

 

 

 

Candidates
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Gary Gerber

Gary Gerber, a resident of Wayne Township, is seeking re-election as a Supervisor of the Butler Soil and Water Conservation District. Along with his wife Cari and their three children, Kelli, Lauren, and Clayton, they operate a third-generation family farm. Gerber Farms Inc. consists of 1,800 acres of row crop farming, along with 150 head cow/calf herd, and 400-500 head of fat cattle per year. Gary has farmed since graduating high school and has worked to expand the farm that his father and grandfather started in 1952. In his spare time outside of farming, Gary enjoys spending quality time with his family.

Gary is also the Vice President of the Butler County Senior Fair Board and in charge of the Jr. Fair Horse Department. Proper conservation practices are very important to him, and Gerber Farms makes sustainability a priority when making their farming decisions. Gary is currently chairman of the board of supervisors for Butler SWCD, with hopes of re-election he can continue to give back to an organization that has developed programs and practices that have been utilized on his family farm throughout the years.

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Brian 
Smith

Brian Smith resides in Wayne Township along with his wife and four sons. As manager of the Warren County Department of Transportation (ODOT), Brian has worked on storm water installations for the last 18 years; and 4 years prior to that with a private contractor. His career has afforded him the opportunity to fully understand the importance of proper storm water infrastructure; ranging from 120” storm sewer drains in downtown Columbus to 12” residential driveway drains. Brian has also had the occasion to work on various embankment, grassed waterways, and erosion jobs; in locations such as the Warren County Correctional Institute, Warren County Girl Scout Camp, and Caesar Creek Lake.

Away from work, Brian enjoys spending time with his family on camping trips and vacations, as well as painting and restoring antique farm tractors. If elected to the Butler Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors he hopes to bring his experience from years of working with urban storm sewer installations, while looking forward to learning about agricultural conservation.