Board Eligibility and Elections

SWCD director elections occur every two years during the General Election.

The next General Election is scheduled to take place on November 3rd, 2020. The following East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Director positions will be on the ballot in November 2020:

  • Zone 1 – 4 year term
  • Zone 2 – 4 year term
  • At Large 1 – 4 year term
  • At Large 2 – 2 year term

Candidates for the position of SWCD director must meet certain eligibility requirements as outlined in Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 568.560. Find out more about Board Director eligibility below. Visit our Board Zones page to learn about the three zones in our District service area.

All of the necessary election forms, instructions and candidate packets may be found at the Oregon Department of Agriculture SWCD Elections page.

Each candidate must file a “Declaration of Candidacy” and a “Petition for Nomination Signature Sheet” with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Division.

The filing deadline is 5:00 p.m. on August 25th, 2020.

A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) sheet can be found here. Topics addressed include obtaining and verifying signatures for the Petition for Nomination Signature Sheet, write-in candidacy, and appointing directors after the election.

Board Director Eligibility Requirements

At-Large Directors

At-Large directors must reside within the district and be registered voters.

Zone Directors

Zone directors have two options for eligibility:

  • Option 1

    A zone director:

    • Must own or manage 10 or more acres of land in the district.
    • Must be involved in the active management of the property.
    • Must reside within the boundaries of the district.
    • Directors may either reside within the zone that is represented or own or manage ten (10) or more acres within the zone that is represented, and must be involved in the active management of the property.
    • Must be a registered voter.
  • Option 2

    An individual may also serve as a zone director when the individual, in lieu of the other Option 1 requirements:

    • Resides within the zone that is represented.
    • Has served at least one year as a director or associate director of a district.
    • Has a conservation plan that is approved by the district.
    • Is a registered voter.

Associate Directors

Associate directors must reside within the district and be registered voters. To download more information about becoming an associate director, click here and see section 3.0.