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 2024.

Any registered voter living in a conservation district with at least 250,000 people can now run for all board positions. Previously, for the three zoned positions on our board, you had to own or manage 10 acres of land. This has changed. Visit our Board Zones page to learn about the three zones in our District service area.

All of the necessary election forms and 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.

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 must:

  • Reside within the boundaries of the district and within the zone that is represented.
  • Be 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.