Thursday, May 23, 2013
Covering Dallas, Monmouth, Independence, Falls City and surrounding areas since 1868
November 13, 2012
POLK COUNTY -- The board of directors for the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District is now set.
Linda Marquardt-Sutton of Dallas, Nathan Slaven of Independence and Doug Wyant of West Salem all ran unopposed and were elected to seats for specific district zones on Nov. 6.
Zone directors must own or manage more than 10 acres of land in the Polk SWCD. Terms are for four years.
Chad Woods was re-elected in a contested race against Dennis Brown for an at-large position -- in a surprisingly close race.
It's surprising in that Brown stated publicly he wasn't interested in winning and only filed for candidacy because he thought the seat would be vacant. He also endorsed Woods.
Woods received 54 percent of the 16,956 votes cast for that seat; Brown won 45 percent.
Woods, 60, is a real estate broker and farmer who has lived in Dallas for 25 years. He was appointed to Polk SWCD in 2006 to serve out the remaining two years of a term, and ran for re-election in 2008. He serves as vice chairman of the board of directors.