2020 Supervisor Election/Annual Meeting
Stark Soil & Water Conservation District will hold an election for two Board of Supervisors positions for three-year terms beginning January 1, 2021.
Voting starts September 15th and ends September 28th.
Ballots are available at the District office (2650 Richville Dr. SE, Suite 100, Massillon) between September 15th and September 28th during regular office hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30; Monday to Friday).
Ballots are available at the Joint Annual Meeting with Stark County Farm Bureau on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at Elm Ridge Event Center (469 Elm Ridge Ave., Canal Fulton). Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person for Farm Bureau or SWCD members and $30 for non-members. Call 440.877.0706 by September 4th to RSVP.
Absentee ballots are available by contacting the District office between August 16, 2020 and September 28, 2020. Absentee ballots must be returned to the District office no later than 4:30 p.m. on September 28, 2020.
Eligible voters are Stark County landowners or residents at least 18 years old.
Three candidates -- Natalie Hammer, Casey Reinmann, and Andy Wentling -- are on the ballot. Voters will select two candidates.
Natalie lives in Lawrence Township with her husband, Andrew, and their three children: Joshua, Noelle, and Julianne. She is Executive Services Administrator/Resource Manager for Aster Global Environmental Solutions, a company focused on carbon sequestration, validation, and verification. In addition, she and her husband breed and raise beefalo, chickens, and pigs on their 39-acre farm. She has over 15 years of experience in the cattle business as well as over 20 years in land management.
She was elected to the Stark Soil & Water Board of Supervisors in 2017. She is active in her children’s school, Canal Fulton Chamber of Commerce, American Beefalo Association, and Stark County Farm Bureau.
Natalie believes the key to conservation is stewarding our resources and keeping a balance between needs and resources. She believes the board and staff have an incredible opportunity to provide urban and rural areas of Stark County with opportunities to learn and grow as experienced stewards of our resources.
Casey resides in Lawrence Township with her husband, Jeffrey, and their 15 year old cat, Candy. She has lived in Stark County her entire life. She works for BJAAM in Canal Fulton as a project manager where she oversees the remediation of contaminated soil and water on sites with leaking underground tanks. In addition, she recently published two papers on the proper remediation of acid mine drainage sites. She holds a bachelor of science degree in geology from the University of Akron.
She is Vice Chair of the Nimishillen Watershed Partners and enjoys kayaking, biking, gardening, orchids, and rockhounding.
Casey is running for supervisor to bring her technical expertise to the board and to work with staff, board members, and county residents to help conserve natural resources in the county as well as create a more sustainable future for generations to come.
Andy resides in Sugar Creek Township with his wife, Tera, and their two children, Hannah and Alivia. He has lived in Stark County his entire life. He is the manager of Leppo Rents in Canton and with his brother grows soybeans, corn, wheat, and hay on over 1,000 acres as well as five acres of pumpkins and gourds. The family practices a mix of conventional tillage and no-till and has incorporated contour strips and waterways to prevent soil erosion. He holds two associates degrees from OSU-ATI (hydraulics and diesel mechanic).
He has held the position of president and public policy chair with Stark County Farm Bureau and chair of Young Ag Professionals with Ohio Farm Bureau.
Andy is running for supervisor to represent county residents that are engaged in production agriculture. He is interested in learning more about soil & water services and programs and bringing that knowledge to his fellow producers.