Raising the Standard.

Russell Dye for Soil and Water Commissioner

The Towaliga River. (Photo courtesy B.A. Bowen Photography)

A few days ago, I officially announced my candidacy for the Towaliga Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor of Monroe County, Georgia.  As of March 7, 2014, I completed all the necessary steps to officially declare my candidacy for the position, and I will have my name on the general election ballot in November for this position. I am excited to announce my candidacy for this office, and look forward to the challenges and opportunities I will face in the run-up to the general election.

As this race is non-partisan, I do not look to further any political aspirations by running; however, if elected, I do intend to faithfully execute my duties as Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor in order to uphold the goals of Georgia’s Soil and Water Conservation Commission. I plan to wholeheartedly represent and promote Monroe County’s soil and water conservation interests to the general public, other district supervisors and state commission members.

With regard to soil and water conservation practices and projects, I plan to provide useful educational tools, such as workshops and hands-on training sessions, to help the general public, farmers and conservationists promote, understand and practice proper soil and water conservation in Monroe County and the Towaliga District.

I also plan to make myself available to public needs and desires regarding soil and water conservation. I guarantee the public that I will represent them in office with great effort and tenacity, while doing everything in my power to explain the importance of soil and water conservation to Monroe County and the Towaliga District, and equipping them to do the same.

If elected, I will look for ways to improve the information available to Monroe County residents regarding Monroe County’s soil and water conservation projects. In the past, it has been very hard to find information on what our current soil and water supervisors actually do while in office. One cause of this problem stems from the fact that the soil and water conservation website is outdated and in need of a makeover. If our website can be fixed so that it provides more information regarding Monroe County’s soil and water conservation projects to residents, the county will reap the benefits of better soil and water conservation practices by better-informed citizens.

One may ask, Why am I qualified to be Monroe County’s Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor? As a horticulture and political science student at the University of Georgia, I am well-prepared for the position. I will use my educational background to work with fellow commissioners to establish sensible and profitable soil and water conservation practices throughout Monroe County and the Towaliga District. My education regarding different techniques for soil and water practices will allow me to understand the scientific repercussions and benefits stemming from all of Monroe County’s soil and water decisions.

It is time for a fresh start in Monroe County, one filled with new ideas and practices. I can and will provide that fresh start to the county and its residents. It is my honor to ask each resident of Monroe County to vote for me, Russell Dye, this November to be their Towaliga Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor of Monroe County, Georgia.

THE EDITORS: Best of luck, Russell. There’s no better man for the job.

—Russell Dye is a junior studying political science and horticulture

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