Jefferson SWCD to hold special election | News, Sports, Jobs

STEUBENVILLE – The vote is underway for a supervisor from the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District.

Five county residents serve as supervisors on the district administration board. Each supervisor has a three-year term and can be re-elected at the end of their term. Supervisory board members guide staff and partner agencies to implement conservation programs that address the management and conservation of soil, water and related resources.

Shawn Dougherty, is seeking a Supervisor position for a term starting January 1st.

Dougherty moved to Jefferson County from his home state of Oklahoma, where his family had farmed and ranched since the Land Run of 1889, in 1990. He and his wife, Beth, were determined to raise their family. in the country, while teaching as a drama professor at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Dougherty began to search for land.

The 24 acres the Dougherts bought in 1996 just west of Toronto might not look like a farm, but in 26 years they’ve been transformed into a working farm that feeds their families and others, with four season gardens, a small hoop house, a dairy and beef cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry.

Their particular interest is food production without inputs, with grass management at the center.

In 2015, wanting to devote more time to developing farming, grazing and food production methods and skills, Shawn took early retirement from college to work part-time as the Franciscan Convent Maintenance Coordinator. where the Dougherts rent 30 acres of pasture for their expanded Jersey. / crossed herd.

He and his wife began writing and speaking about family food production and intensive small-scale grazing at events such as the Mother Earth News Fair (in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Texas, Vermont, Kansas and North Carolina) and the OEFFA, NOFA and PASA conferences; in 2016 their book on the management of small-scale grasses and food production, “The independent farm” was published by Chelsea Green Publishing in Vermont. The Dougherts hold periodic workshops on their home farm to help others get started in home grazing and food production.

The Dougherts attribute much of their grass management training to working with the Eastern Ohio Grazing Council and the EOGC pasture walks, where they were able to gain information and share their experience with local ranchers. .

Locally and at the state level, Dougherty has served on several boards of directors, including the Ohio Theater Alliance and the Grand Theater in Steubenville. Currently, he is working with the Urban Mission as an advisor to their backyard vegetable garden initiative, intended to help residents of the Steubenville area overcome barriers to backyard food production.

Dougherty is keen to bring the knowledge and methods he and his wife have learned to help Jefferson County residents in a limited area achieve food independence. They have been married for 36 years and have eight children and 10 grandchildren.

Voters eligible to vote in the election must be 18 years of age or older, reside or own land in Jefferson County, or own a corporation, partnership, association or other entity registered with the Secretary of State from Ohio to Jefferson County.

A request to vote can be obtained by calling the JSWCD office at (740) 264-9790 or by emailing

Upon request for a vote, the SWCD will provide a request for a ballot, an electoral ballot and a ballot envelope. Ballots must be received (postmarked) at the SWCD office by October 4th.

You can vote in person at the JSWCD office located at 500 Market Street, Mezzanine, Suite 4, Steubenville, during office hours 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The last day to vote in person is October 4.

Unlike in previous years, the election will not be held in conjunction with the district’s annual meeting, which will be held at a later date.

The election is conducted in accordance with Chapter 940 of the Revised Ohio Code.

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