Board Chair Urges Voters To Educate Themselves On Duval Soil, Water Candidates

Oct 14, 2016

Hunter Anderson (left) and James Joseph Morton (right) are running for the Group 2 seat.
Credit Hunter Anderson/ James Joseph Morton campaign via Facebook

The Duval Soil and Water Conservation is looking to fill a position on its board in the Nov. 8 general election.

James Joseph Morton and Hunter Anderson are battling for one open seat in Group 2.  Nelson Greene, who ran unopposed for the Group 4 seat, will not appear on the ballot.  

Board Chairman Shannon Smith said voters are at a disadvantage when it comes to learning about candidates.

“There has always been a real issue with trying to you know learn a little bit more about the background of the soil and water candidates.”

In order to have a bio in the sample ballot, Smith said that candidates have to pay a $250 fee.

“If someone chooses to not run a campaign where they receive funds then they would not be able to pay the $250 to have their sample bio in there and so therefore you have really no way of knowing anything about the person running for office,” Smith said.

The Soil and Water Conservation was created in the 1950s to serve as a bridge between landowners and the government entities which regulate their use.

Contact Kayla Davis at newsteam@wjct.org or on Twitter at @Kayla_Charisse