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Board of Supervisors Election

2021 Board of Supervisors' Election

In Ohio, Soil and Water Conservation Districts are administered by a board of five supervisors. Supervisors are elected to three-year terms in public elections conducted by the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission. Supervisors volunteer their time, energy and expertise. Our Board of Supervisors’ public election will be open for absentee ballot submission, and in-office voting weekdays 8:30am-4:00pm August 25 until September 23, 2021.

The Board of Supervisors’ Election is held in conjunction with our Annual Meeting.

How does a Franklin County resident or landowner vote?

Franklin County residents can cast an absentee ballot, or vote in-person at our office from August 25 until September 23, 2021.
  • Contact us to request an absentee ballot
  • Vote in-person at our office weekdays 8:30am-4:30pm August 25 until September 23, 2021.

2021 Board of Supervisors' Election Candidates

Below are the three candidates running for two open seats.  

Dick Lorenz

Dick Lorenz is an environmental scientist that has enjoyed a career working for public water utilities. For the past 25 years he has been the Water Utility Manager for the City of Westerville, where he is responsible for the overall operation and management of the Water Division. Prior to Westerville, he was the supervisor of the biological and environmental section of the Columbus Water Division, Water Quality Assurance Lab. He has a botany degree from Miami University and a MS in environmental biology from The Ohio State University. His community involvement related to environmental activities includes serving as President of Friends of Alum Creek and Tributaries, ODA’s Concentrated Animal Feeding Facility Advisory Committee, Ohio Water Management Association Board member and instructor at Stone Lab, OSU’s biological field station. He has presented several Community Backyards/Rain Barrel workshops for FSWCD and became an Associate Board member in 2021. Dick is now seeking election to the Board of Supervisors.

Marty Wicks

Marty is a 24 year veteran with the U.S. Army and Ohio National Guard, where he was promoted through the ranks to Captain, and served as an Environmental Trainer, visiting National Guard units in Ohio to ensure their compliance with EPA regulations in their armories and surrounding areas. He has also been a science/math school teacher in the Westerville School District since 1970. Marty earned his BA of Science with a focus in sociology and psychology from Excelsior College, a minor in Business, Master in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashland University, with a Certificate of Administration from The Ohio State University. He currently teaches sixth grade math at Heritage Middle School in Westerville, and actively works with students in the Service Learning Initiative, functioning as part of a Service Learning Team that leads students into a global awareness mind set. He also runs an environmental awareness class annually throughout the summer with the assistance of the FWSCD staff where he works with students in identifying macroinvertebrates to determine the water quality index. Additionally, students walk away from the class understanding the stresses that the human population can inflict on the environment. Marty was awarded Environmental Teacher of the Year by the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District in 2004. Marty is married and a father of three and grandfather to a boy and a girl. He spends time playing his piano, learning guitar, swimming, and working out at the gym. He has also been voted onto the Franklin County Planning Commission as a board member. Marty is is a current member of the Franklin SWCD board.

Jessica D'Ambrosio

Jessica D’Ambrosio is the Ohio Agriculture Director for The Nature Conservancy, where she works with agriculture partners to keep farming productive and profitable while protecting water resources. She believes that we need to work collaboratively to establish a shared community vision and set goals in order to protect the land and waters on which all life depends. Prior to joining The Conservancy in 2016, she was an assistant professor of cooperative education in the sciences for Antioch College and was a program manager for the Ohio Nonpoint-source Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) Program, an extension education program of The Ohio State University. Jessica has a M.S. in environmental science and a Ph.D. in soil and water engineering from The Ohio State University. Her areas of expertise include watershed management, hydrology and agricultural drainage. These focus points have led to being a technical adviser for many state and local groups involved in both urban and agricultural water resources management, including MORPC's Sustaining Scioto Board, the Western Lake Erie Basin Partnership, and the Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative. She resides in Norwich Township where you’ll often see her running or walking her poodle and mastiff with her husband and three kids. She is a current member of the Franklin SWCD board.