Editor’s note: This is one in a series of question and answer articles about local candidates running for office. The Northern Virginia Daily asked candidates three questions. The unedited responses are below.
Incumbent Richard Hoover is running unchallenged for one of two seats on the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District in Warren County. Incumbent Ira B. Richards III is running unchallenged for the other seat.
What are the duties of the job and why are you the most qualified candidate to hold this position?
As Warren County Director and Chairman of the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District, I help ensure that our high performance District promptly identifies substantive issues, refers them to the appropriate committee(s) for action and sends them onward to the Board for resolution. I make appointments, preside over Board meetings, carry out correspondence, write columns, represent the District at conservation community events and attend meetings of key committees.
That I am finishing up my eighth year as District Chairman suggests, I hope, that Board members have confidence in my abilities to do the job well. I brought with me my experience as US Permanent Representative to the UN Environment Program.
What exactly is the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District and why is it important to the community?
Our District manages the Commonwealth’s cost share program for the implementation of agricultural Best Management Practices. These include the exclusion of livestock from our waters, the promotion of cover crops, no-till farming, manure/litter management and nutrient management programs to reduce the use of fertilizers. Further, the District carries out dozens of education programs for adults and students. After all: cleaner water promotes better human health not only within our jurisdictions — Warren, Clarke, Frederick and Shenandoah counties, plus the City of Winchester — but all the way down-river to the Chesapeake Bay!
If elected, what goals do you wish to accomplish?
Tasked to meet clean water standards by 2025, the Chesapeake Bay Clean-up Program will soon bring operational changes to the “key” Soil and Water Conservation Districts bordering the Shenandoah River. Our District staff and directors recommended many of these improvements to state authorities. I am running again because I want to be there to help Lord Fairfax put these improvements into play.