The Mahoning Soil and Water Conservation District will hold a special election for District Board of Supervisors on Friday, Nov. 18 at the District Office 850 Industrial Road, Youngstown. One board member will be elected to a three-year term of office.
County residents and landowners have three options for casting a ballot: call 330-740-7995; visit the SWCD office to request an absentee ballot then
cast that ballot by 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17; or cast a ballot from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 18.
Candidates in this year’s special election are:
• Richard DeLuca
Since retiring as the city of Struthers' water pollution control manager, he continues to further his environmental education. In addition to his certification as a Class IV Ohio Wastewater Operator, Class A Pennsylvania Wastewater Operator, Class I Ohio Water Operator, he received certifications as a Professional Soil Erosion Control IT and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Specialist. DeLuca has developed and implemented three storm water utilities, the first in Mahoning County and continues to educate communities in the benefits, both environmental and economical in creating a storm water utility. DeLuca is an environmental consultant for the village of Lowellville, the city of Campbell and a few local businesses. DeLuca is also a lab supervisor/operator in Shenango Township, Pa. He has 34 years experience in all areas of surface water, wastewater, water, and storm water, 22 years as a plant manager.
• Gary Ruggles Jr.
Ruggles and his family farm 400 acres of corn, alfalfa and hay in Jackson Township. Conservation practices used include: minimum tillage no-till, grassed waterways, tile drainage, plus woodlot management and nutrient management. Ruggles will graduate in December from Youngstown State University with a masters of business administration and he also has a BS in animal science from Ohio State University. Ruggles is director of Area II Ohio Federation SWCD for Columbiana, Mahoning, and Stark Counties. He is currently the Mahoning SWCD fiscal agent.
Mahoning SWCD, established in 1951, is a legal subdivision of state government that provides natural resource management assistance to county landowners and other units of local government. The district is funded by the Mahoning County commissioners, and county funds are supplemented by funding from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The district is governed by a five-member board of county residents. Board members serve staggered three-year terms.