The Oregon Department of Agriculture (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 5, 2024.
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:
- Actively managing 10 or more acres in the zone that is being represented and residing within the boundaries of the district, or
- Residing within the zone that is being represented and actively managing 10 or more acres within the boundaries of the district, or
- 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.
Find your SWCD and zone
Put your address in the search bar of the SWCD interactive map page to find your SWCD and zone within your district.