Elections: Board of Supervisor
2020 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 Supervisors, David Brate and Jeremy Fruth, will be expiring on December 31, 2020.
There are 2 ways an eligible voter can cast a ballot:
At the SWCD office from August 19 until September 1 during normal business hours; or
Voting absentee from July 20 until September 1, by requesting the ballot application and election ballot from the SWCD office at the following address 1802 Princeton Road, Suite 300, Hamilton, Ohio 45011, by calling 513-887-3720, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Absentee ballots must be received by the SWCD office by September 1.
Two Supervisors will be elected to a three-year term commencing January 1, 2021 and ending December 31, 2023.
How Do I Vote?
There are two ways eligible voters can cast a ballot:
1.) In person at the Butler SWCD office from August 19th until September 1st, during normal business hours: or
2.) Voting absentee from July 20th until September 1st, by requesting the ballot application and election ballot from SWCD office at the following address 1802 Princeton Road, Suite 300, Hamilton, Ohio 45011, by calling 513-887-3720, or email email@example.com. Absentee ballots must be received by the SWCD office September 1.
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 20 until September 1 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.
David Brate, a resident of Milford Township, is seeking re-election as a Supervisor of the Butler Soil and Water Conservation District, of which he currently serves as chairman. David is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics; he founded Brate & Co. in 1979, and works with farm properties located throughout Ohio. His professional service includes real estate management, leasing, sales, appraisal, and consultation. Furthermore, he is a licensed real estate broker. Continued education and experience have enabled him to testify as an expert witness in Common Pleas Court and Federal Bankruptcy Court. He has served as President of the Ohio Chapter of Professional Farm Managers & Rural Appraisers.
David has lobbied local and state elected officials and has made presentations advocating for conservation of natural resources. David’s interest and passion are to effectively educate, promote, and implement wiser conservation practices in order to protect land and water for generations to come.
Jeremy Fruth, a resident of Wayne Township, is seeking re-election as a 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 Conservationist, and has completed two Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans.
In the past Jeremy has helped lead our county’s FFA soils judging competition, and is currently an adult advisor for the Butler County Junior Fair Board. 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 his assistance with these issues.
Drew Johnson, a resident of Hanover Township, has been a lifelong farmer with his grandfather Wayne, and father Bill Johnson. After Talawanda High School, he graduated from Miami University in 2006. Drew currently works for Apple Farm Service Inc. in farm equipment sales. In 2009, Drew and his wife Ashley began providing beef directly to customers from their family farm in Reily, under the name, Reserve Run Family Farm. In 2017, they purchased a farm in Hanover Township, where they focus on the integration of regenerative agriculture practice into all aspects of their farm. Their goal is to be good stewards of their land by cycling carbon throughout the year as well as providing better water infiltration and lower surface water runoff. In 2019, Reserve Run Family Farm was awarded a Conservation Stewardship Grant to further implement those practices. Resserve Run hosted Butler County Farm Day in 2019 and also was awarded the Joe Dudley Outstanding Conservationist award.
As a board member, Drew will focus his decisions through a lens of good land stewardship and responsible practices for the best outcome for local landowners and farmers. Drew is passionate about supporting local farmers, educating our community about agriculture, and giving back whenever he can.