​The Oregon Department of Ag​riculture (ODA) Natural Resources Program oversees the conservation district elections process. Elections for SWCD directors occur every two years. The next General Election is scheduled for November 3, 2020.

Candidates and districts must follow specific guidelines to advertise the elections and to have candidates’ applications processed and placed on the ballot. ODA notifies the districts and county clerks which positions are to be on the ballot for election, the procedures to follow, and deadlines needing to be met.

Candidates and districts are responsible to submit the appropriate paperwork to the local county clerk and to ODA. ​  ​  ​ ​​

Requirements for eligibility

Candidates for At Large positions must reside within the boundaries of the SWCD and be a registered voter in that district. 

The other positions on the SWCD boards are Zone positions. Along with residing within the district's boundary and being a registered voter in that SWCD, eligibility also includes: 

  1. Actively managing 10 or more acres in the zone that is being represented and residing within the boundaries of the district, or 
  2. Residing within the zone that is being represented and actively managing 10 or more acres within the boundaries of the district, or 
  3. ​Residing within the zone, serving at least one year in a SWCD At Large position or in a SWCD associate director position, and having a conservation plan that is approved by the district. This eligibility option does not include a requirement of active management of 10 acres or more.  

SWCD elections and Oregon's State of Emergency  

Additional information for SWCD director elections can be found in our list of frequently asked questions​.​   ​  ​ ​​

Find your SWCD and zone

Put your address in the search bar of the map page​ to find your SWCD and zone within your district.  ​

2020 SWCD District Important Dates for Elections

​​Date ​Description of Event ​Reference
​8:00 a.m.
July 16, 2020
​First day for district candidate to file Declaration of Candidacy and Petition for Nomination Signature Sheet with ODA. Forms received before this date will be returned to the candidate. ​ORS 255.235
(40 days before final filing date)
​Within 3 days of spending or receiving money, but no later than when completed petition is filed.  ​Candidates expecting to receive or expend more than $750, but less than $3,500, must file the required forms with the Oregon Secretary of State’s office within three business days of receiving or spending money, but no later than when the completed petition is filed. ​ORS 260.035 Candidate “Quick Guide” on Campaign Finance Reporting in Oregon
5:00 p.m.
August 25, 2020​
​Last day for district candidate to file the Declaration of Candidacy and Petition for Nomination Signature Sheet forms with ODA no later than 5:00 p.m.

Last day for district candidate to file the Withdrawal of Candidacy form for general election with ODA no later than 5:00 p.m.
ORS 568.520 ORS 255.235 OAR 603-071-0030​
(70 days before election)
​August 26, 2020 ​First day for district candidate to file the Declaration of Intent and Request for Write-In Votes to be Tallied form with ODA. ORS 568.530
​October 20, 2020 Last day for district candidate to file Declaration of Intent and Re​quest For Write-In Votes to be Tallied form with ODA no later than 5:00 p.m. ​ORS 568.530
(14 days before election)
​November 3, 2020 ​Election Day ORS 254.056
​January 3, 2021 ​First day newly elected directors may take the Oath of Office after receiving election certificates. Oregon Constitution Article XV, Section 3
ORS 254.568​  

Information and filing forms for candidates

Candidate packet for SWCD director elections

SWCD director candidate information packet

Candidate quick guide on campaign finance reporting in Oregon

SWCD campaign finance reporting handout

Declaration of Candidacy form

SWCD declaration of candidacy form

Declaration of intent and request for write-in votes to be tallied

SWCD Declaration of Intent form

Director elections information and instructions

SWCD director elections information

Director eligibility criteria

SWCD director eligibility information

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding SWCD Elections During Oregon’s COVID-19 State of Emergency, County Elections Contacts

SWCD elections COVID-19 FAQs

Oath of Office form

SWCD Oath of Office form

Petition for nomination signature sheet

SWCD director nomination signature sheet

Withdrawal of Candidacy form

SWCD director candidacy withdrawal form

Information and forms for SWCDs

Declaration of intent and request for write-in votes to be tallied

SWCD Declaration of Intent form

Director elections information and instructions

SWCD director elections information

Fact Sheet: SWCD Political Campaigning and Lobbying

SWCD Political Campaigning and Lobbying handout

ORS 260.432 Quick Reference: Restrictions on Political Campaigning for Public Employees

Restrictions on public employee political campaigning handout

ORS 260.432: Restrictions on Political Campaigning by Public Employees Guide

Restrictions on public employee political campaigning guide

Public employee political restrictions in the workplace poster

Workplace political restrictions poster

Sample legal notice for SWCD elections

SWCD election legal notice sample

​​​​Other related links

Campaign finance information from Oregon Secretary of State's Office

Secretary of State's Office campaign finance information

Election laws, rules, and publications from Oregon Secretary of State's Office

Secretary of State's Office elections resources

Oregon Secretary of State's Elections Division

Secretary of State's Office voting and elections information

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​Contact

Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCD)
Phone: 503-986-4700
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