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Columbus, OH 43212
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Board of Supervisors Election Candidates

2020 Board of Supervisors Election Candidates

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. Franklin County residents and landowners 18+ years of age are eligible to vote in the election, learn more about voting in our 2020 Board of Supervisors' Election

The 2020 Board of Supervisors' Election has closed. Congratulations to the candidates below!

Abigail Rhodebeck

Abby is the Outdoor Programs and Outreach Coordinator for REI Co-op in Central Ohio. In this role she manages the REI Community Grant program, is responsible for the delivery of all outdoor classes and events, as well as develops and cultivates relationships with local public and non-profit organizations. She serves on the board of Directors for Yay Bikes!, and The Central Ohio Greenways (COG). 

In 2019 Abby was an active member of the Associate board and is currently filling a vacant seat on the Board of Supervisors. In this current role she is the Board Treasurer and Fiscal Agent as well as Elected Official Outreach and Annual meeting planning committees. Abby is seeking election for a full term!

A lifelong resident of Franklin County, Abby has a passion for serving her community and advocating for the protection and conservation of natural resources. Abby holds a BS in Natural Resources and a MA in Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University.

Karen Seidel

Karen has worked in land and water conservation for over two decades, with an emphasis on land and invasive species management and restoration, projects management, partnerships and fundraising. She has a B.S. in Biology and spent fifteen years with The Nature Conservancy as a land and projects manager. She currently works for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Natural Areas and Preserves and Watershed Organic.

In 2017, she formed the Central Ohio Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (COPRISM) and continues to serve as voluntary facilitator of its diverse group of voluntary collaborators representing government, non-profit, academia, and community groups and members. COPRISM’s mission is to protect Central Ohio’s natural resources, public health, safety, and economy through a coordinated approach to prevent, combat, and improve awareness of invasive species.

Karen is most passionate about nature, the environment and social justice. She joined the Associate Board in 2020 and is now seeking election to the Board of Supervisors.