HARDIN COUNTY — The Hardin Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding their 66th Election of Supervisors at their Annual Meeting being held in conjunction with Customer Appreciation Day on Thursday, Aug. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the shelter house, north of the Community Building, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds, Kenton. Voting time will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and a light meal will also be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Annual Meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with recognition of several individuals, presentation of the 2014 Conservation Partner Award and election results.

The Ohio Soil and Water Commission will cause an election for two Supervisors of the Hardin Soil and Water Conservation District, in accordance with Chapters 1515 of the Ohio Revised Code. Residents or landowners, firms, and corporations that own land or occupy land in Hardin County and are 18 years of age or older may vote for a supervisor. A non-resident landowner, firm, or corporation must provide an affidavit of eligibility, which includes designation of a voting representative, prior to casting a ballot.

There are two ways an eligible voter can cast a ballot: 1. At the election or 2. Vote absentee by requesting the proper absentee request forms from the Hardin SWCD office at 12751 St. Rt. 309 West, Kenton, 419-673-0456, Ext. 3.

The following three Hardin County residents are vying for two positions on the Hardin Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors:

Justin Beale of Kenton is looking to hold an elected position on the Hardin SWCD Board of Supervisors. Justin is currently employed at Billenstein Farm and Drainage, Ltd. He is committed to providing their customers with services such as: custom farming/harvesting and farm drainage using the latest technologies available. His main responsibilities include tiling and ditching fields for local farmers.

Justin is also a member of the Hardin County Fair Board and a 4-H advisor for Taylor Creek Lads and Lassies. Aside from everyday work, he also plays an important role in his family’s farm of breeding, selling and raising quality show pigs at Walnut Lane Farm.

Tony Hastings of Kenton is seeking re-election for another term of three years to the Hardin SWCD Board of Supervisors.

Hastings is married to Tami and they have two children, Abbi and Dan. Tony has been employed by the Kenton Fire Department for 16 years, and was recently promoted to Captain. He also serves on the McGuffey volunteer fire department, where he was fiscal officer for many years.

Tony farms 600 acres with his father-in-law, Richard Kritzler. He is currently serving his 6th year on the SWCD board and his first year as Fiscal Officer.

Jerry McBride of Dola is seeking re-election for another term of three years to the Hardin SWCD Board of Supervisors. Jerry was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1992 and currently holds the position of Chairman and Area 1 Treasurer/Secretary. He has served as a District Director for his area and represented Hardin County in Washington D.C.

Jerry has been in the farming business for more than 30 years. He has devoted many hours promoting conservation programs through Hardin SWCD activities and meetings. He has developed conservation practices on his own land. He and his wife Jayna have three sons, Josh, Jason and Justin along with two grandchildren.