Filing for SWCD Supervisor

Minnesota citizens interested in influencing natural resources issues at the local level are encouraged to run for Supervisor of Koochiching Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).

SWCDs are local units of government that manage and direct natural resource management programs at the local level. Districts work in both urban and rural settings, with landowners and with other units of government, to carry out a program for the conservation, use, and development of soil, water, and related resources.

SWCD supervisor positions are filled through general elections. District II (currently held by George Aitchison) and District III (currently held by Eldon Voigt) will be up for election in November 2020.

SWCDs are a primary source of conservation information, support, and program management for landowners and other local units of government. They are the technical experts that understand their specific communities’ needs and help landowners navigate conservation programs from start to finish. An elected board of Supervisors governs each of Minnesota’s 88 SWCDs.

Candidates are elected county wide, but must reside in one of the nomination districts up for election. SWCD Supervisors serve four year terms.

Supervisors meet monthly to discuss the business of the SWCD, including state grant allocations to landowners, district conservation priorities, coordination with other local units of government and state and federal agencies. Supervisors do not receive a salary, although they do receive compensation for attending meetings and are reimbursed for expenses.

The filing period this year opens on May 19 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on June 2. Those interested in running/re-running for SWCD supervisor need to file an affidavit of candidacy and a $20 filing fee with the county auditor’s office. For this year’s elections, all filings will be by appointment only. Call the Koochiching County Auditor at 218-283-1112 to schedule a time to file your affidavit of candidacy.

If you have other questions about running for a supervisor position, please call the District Administrator at 218-283-1174 (office) / 218-290-5662 (cell) or email pam.tomevi@co.koochiching.mn.us.

Koochiching SWCD District Boundary Map

If you are interested in running for Supervisor, please confirm that you live within the eligible boundary area for that District.

2018-district-boundary-map

DISTRICT I

From a point located at the NW corner of Sec.7 – T 160 N – R 29W, thence South along a line on the Western boundary of Koochiching County to a point located at the SW corner of Sec. 31 – T 156 N – R 29W, thence East along a line to a point located at the SE corner of Sec. 36 – T 156 N – R 25W, thence North to a point located at the NE corner of Sec. 13 – T 158 N – R 25 W, at its junction with Rainy River, thence West along the United States border to the point of beginning.

DISTRICT II

From a point located at the NW corner, Sec. 13–T 158 N–R 25 W, thence South along a line to a point located at the SW corner of Sec. 35–T 66 N–R 27 W, thence East along a line to a point located at the SE corner of Sec. 36–T 66N–R 25 W, thence North along a line to a point located at the NE corner of Sec. 24–T 70 N–R 25 W, at its junction with Rainy River, thence West along the United States border to the point of beginning.

DISTRICT III

From a point located at the NE corner of Sec. 24–T 70 N–R 25 W, thence South along a line to a point located at the SW corner of Sec. 31–T 70 N–R 24 W, thence East along a line to a point located at theSE corner of Sec. 36–T 70 N–R 22W, thence North along a line following the Eastern boundary of Koochiching County to its junction with the United States border, thence West along the United States border to the point of beginning.

DISTRICT IV

From a point located at the NW corner of Sec. 6 – T 155 N – R 29 W, thence along a line South, following the West boundary of Koochiching County to a point located at the SW corner of Sec. 31 – T 151 N – R 29 W, thence East along the Southern boundary of Koochiching County to a point located at the SE corner of Sec. 36 – T 63 N – R 25 W, thence North along the Eastern boundary of Townships on R 25 W to a point located at the NE corner of Sec. 1 – T 65 N – R 25 W, thence West along a line to a point located at the SW corner of Sec. 35 – T 66 N – R 27 W, thence North along a line to a point located at the NE corner of Sec. 1 – T 155 N – R 25 W, thence West along a line to the point of beginning.

DISTRICT V

From a point located at the NW corner of Sec. 6 – T 69 N – R 24 W, thence along a line South to a point located at the SW corner of Sec. 31 – T 63 N – R 24 W, which follows the Western boundary of Townships on R 24W, thence East along the Southern boundary of Koochiching County to a point located at the SE corner of Sec. 36 – T 63 N – R 22 W, thence North along the Eastern boundary of Koochiching County to a point located at the NE corner of Sec. 1 – T 69 N – R 22 W, thence West along a line to the point of beginning.

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