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Meet the Candidates for the 2022 Board of Supervisors Election. 

One candidate will be elected to start a 3-year term on January 1, 2023.  

Lindsey Hoskinson is the 5th generation farm owner of a family operation that raises beef cattle.  The operation utilizes manure on crop ground to cut down on fertilizer use, practices no-till farming and planting of cover crops on all acreage.

Lindsey believes there has always been and continues to be misinformation about farming practices and their effects on the environment.  As our population becomes more suburban, we need to be the voice for our Ag community.  It's also essential that organic and non-organic groups support each other as we are all in this together.

Lindsey resides in McKean Township.  She is active with Ohio Ag Bankers Association, Canal Market District Board, Licking County Chamber of Commerce and graduate of Leadership program, and an Ohio Farm Bureau member.  She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture from The Ohio State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Ohio University.

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Rodney Tornes spent 31 years with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Division of Water Resources in dam safety, water planning, floodplain management and ground water resources, retiring as the Chief of the Division in 2020.                                 

Rodney sees the biggest natural resources challenges are coming from flooding and erosion due to development pressure, both commercial and residential.  The stream degradation due to poor stormwater management and increased run off have a negative impact on all of Licking County’s residents.  The Soil & Water’s mission, oversight from the board and fully staffed organization will help mitigate some of these issues.  

Rodney earned his BS in Agricultural Engineering from Ohio State.  His farm operation in Liberty township includes livestock, hay, pasture and woodland.  He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, Licking County Sheep Improvement Committee and a Leader of Social Committee at Church of the Ascension in Johnstown.

 

Board of Supervisor Election for term beginning 2023

About Soil & Water:  
The Soil & Water Conservation District has served Licking County since 1944, promoting conservation of natural resources through local leadership, education, and technical assistance.  

Soil & Water's Board of Supervisors:  
Landowners and residents of Licking County elect the governing body of Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District.  The governing body is referred to as the Board of Supervisors.  
The election of Supervisors is conducted by the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission pursuant to rules it adopts under Chapter 119 of the Revised Code.  The five publicly-elected members of the Board of Supervisors serve, unpaid, for three-year terms. 
The five Supervisors should represent our county's soil conservation and water conservation needs in rural, suburban and urban settings, on farmland and in our backyards and public lands.  They voluntarily work with community members and organizations to encourage wise use of our land and water.   

Get out and Vote!  

Election Information:
The Election will be held from October 2 – 31, 2022.  
The election is all handled through the Soil & Water office, NOT through the Board of Elections office. 
Landowners and residents of Licking County can vote for Supervisors three ways:
1- Vote starting Monday, October 3rd at the Licking Soil & Water office, 771 East Main Street, Suite 100, Newark, OH during business hours of 8 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday, excluding any federal holidays (Office is closed for Columbus/Indigenous Peoples' Day October 10th.)
2- Via absentee ballot by: 

  • mail: download and complete request form (below) and mail to LCSWCD, 771 East Main Street, Suite 100, Newark, OH  43055.
  • phone:  call 740-670-5330 to have a ballot mailed to your home address.
  • email:  send request to information@lickingswcd.com.  Must include your name(s) and complete address of where to mail the ballot(s).

3- On these dates and locations:  
on October 4th at Soil & Water extended office hours from 4:30 – 6:00 pm  
on October 20th at Soil & Water extended office hours from 4:30 – 6:00 pm  
on October 25th at South Licking Watershed Conservancy District Meeting,  934 W Main St, Hebron, OH 43025 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.  

Ballots counted and winner announced November 2, 2022.  
Winning Candidate starts their term on January 1, 2023.  
 


2022 Board Members

  • Seth Dobbelaer - Chair
    Seth Dobbelaer - Chair

    Seth Dobbelaer farms in Newark, Ohio. Serving a second term, he has been a participant in the Licking County River Round Up and is passionate about organic farming. Mr. Dobbelaer has been on the Board of Directors of the United Church of Granville and the Weathervane Playhouse. He has participated as a volunteer for many community efforts. Seth s focused on addressing storm water drainage, fertilizer and pest control runoff, and unchecked mono cropping.

  • Mamie Hollenback - Vice Chair
    Mamie Hollenback - Vice Chair

    Mamie Hollenback is a selfemployed chicken farmer from Washington Township. As 2010 Cooperator of the Year, the Hollenback’s conservation projects on the farm include grass waterways, cover crops, drainage projects, as well as being enrolled in USDA conservation programs, CRP and CSP. Mamie sees opportunities to increase education to the agricultural community about manure management and how to secure funding for USDA programs like CRP.

  • Bill Goodman - Secretary/Treasurer
    Bill Goodman - Secretary/Treasurer

    Bill Goodman is a beef & blackberry farmer in McKean Township. Retired from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Bill thinks SWCD has historically done a good job for Licking County taxpayers. Challenges he would like to work on include maintaining technical and financial assistance, addressing the need for conservation practices in highly developed areas, and promoting cost-share programs to assist farmers in pollution abatement activities.

  • Ron Thompson - Fiscal Officer
    Ron Thompson - Fiscal Officer

    Ron Thompson farms in Utica, Ohio. Mr. Thompson is a retired Agricultural Education teacher. He has been affiliated with many local community projects including as a 44-year member of the Hartford Fair Board. If elected, Ron would strive to upgrade educational programs for Licking County residents on the work of the Soil Conservation Service. He also would like to work to enhance the Muskingum and Buckeye Lake watershed programs continuing to monitor fertilizer and nutrient run-off.

  • Kim Byce - Member
    Kim Byce - Member

    Kim Byce lives in Granville Township and is the Homestead Coordinator at Denison University. As a mom of three, she knows she is borrowing the earth from her children and theirs. Licking Soil & Water empowers her and other sustainability-minded residents of the county with knowledge and resources to ensure a viable, abundant future for all.

Committees

Through committees, work can be divided so that far more can be accomplished.  Committees typically meet on a quarterly or as-needed basis. Contact us at Information@LickingSWCD.com for additional information.    

Building/Equipment/Safety Committee - Provides recommendations for technology, equipment, rental program, fleet maintenance, building and barn maintenance, and safety policy.  

Budget Committee - This committee oversees the preparation of the annual budget, managing the organization’s investments, setting compensation packages for staff, and oversees the Annual Giving Campaign.

Program Committee - While staff carries out the day-to-day activities that result in the development and implementation of the organization’s programs, the Program Committee is charged with long-range planning and general oversight. Assists with developing and monitoring the Annual Plan of Work and Strategic Plan; volunteers for programs; represents the Soil & Water District at community events.

Policy/Personnel Committee- Reviews & recommends updates to the employee personnel policy ensuring compliance with County, State, and Federal law. Recommends updates to job descriptions and makes suggestions for the staff evaluation process.


Associate Board Members

Associate Board members are concerned citizens who officially volunteer their time to assist the Board and District.  Associate Board Members serve on board committees, help plan, promote and implement district programs, activities, field days, etc., represent the district at various meetings and events, and present district programs to individuals, groups, and organizations.  Contact us to learn more at Information@LickingSWCD.com.  

  • Jeff Bates
    Jeff Bates

    Jeff Bates is a Professor and Program Coordinator of the Environmental Science, Safety & Health Department at Columbus State Community College. He is a resident of Johnstown. He holds a Ph.D. Geological Science from The Ohio State University, an M.S. in Geology from Bowling Green State University, and a B.A. in Geology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His areas of interest include water quality, soil management and agriculture.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    Jeffrey Baker is a resident of Newark and is Science Teacher at Alpha School, a program to rehabilitate students involved with Perry County Juvenile Court. He holds a BA in Biology from Denison University, a BS in Marketing from Liberty University, an MA in Business Management from Regent University, and an MAT in Biology from Miami University. Jeff served on the Board of Supervisors for three years (2015 - 2017). He would like to see increased community awareness about water pollution issues and increased public support of Licking Soil & Water.