The Ohio Soil & Water Conservation Commission will cause an election of the Coshocton Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) to be held in accordance with Chapter 940 of the Ohio Revised Code. Anyone that owns land or lives in the City of Coshocton or Coshocton County and are 18 years of age or older may vote for Supervisor. Two candidates will be elected to three-year terms beginning January 1, 2024 and ending December 31, 2026. The nominees are Travis Gregorich, David Lapp, and Jordan Olinger.
There are 3 ways an eligible voter can cast a ballot:
- At the SWCD office (724 S. Seventh Street Room 120, Coshocton, OH 43812) during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) starting September 20 and ending at noon on October 19.
- At the SWCD Annual Meeting, which will take place at the Lake Park Pavilion on October 19, with voting from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. You do not have to purchase an Annual Meeting ticket to come and vote for Supervisor.
- Voting absentee from September 20 until October 19 by requesting the ballot application and election ballot from the SWCD office by calling 740-622-8087 ext. 4 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Absentee ballots must be received by the SWCD office by noon on October 19, 2023.
TRAVIS GREGORICH and his wife Jenna purchased their farm in Washington Township in 2018. It is located near Cooperdale, where they raise hay on the flatter ground and pasture the hillsides. Travis and Jenna enjoy raising cattle and strive to be good stewards of the land. Conservation practices used on the farm include rotational grazing, spring developments, and a heavy use pad to maximize the use of their hillside pastures. Travis studied Natural Resources while at OSU, where he met Jenna and they moved to Coshocton County in 2010. Travis and Jenna have a daughter Vera who is 8 years old and are expecting their second child in September. Travis is actively involved in Farm Bureau and assists with Vera’s various sporting events.
DAVID LAPP and his wife, Alana live on the family farm in Bethlehem Township. They have 3 adult children and 7 grandchildren. Their operation consists of corn and soybeans. The Lapps have been cooperators with the Coshocton SWCD since 1958 and conservation practices on their farms include tile drainage, waterways, minimum and no-till, irrigation water management, filter strips, and cover crops. David is a member of the River View School Board, Farm Bureau Association, and Keene United Methodist Church. He has served as a Coshocton SWCD Supervisor since 1994.
JORDAN OLINGER is a 4th generation farmer who raises corn, soybeans, hay, and cattle with his parents, Tim and Kay Olinger. Jordan has a master’s degree in Plant Health Management from OSU and is also a Certified Crop Advisor. Jordan has started a crop consulting business called CropGuard, assisting local farmers with their soil fertility programs. The Olinger farm uses no-till on all soybeans and some corn ground. They use cover crops to manage erosion and as feed for livestock. Jordan would like to use more cover crops on their fields because he believes cover crops have the ability to increase soil structure and organic matter, giving their sandy soils a greater water holding capacity. Jordan is a member of New Pointe Church and recently purchased a home close to the family farm. Jordan would like to have a more active role in the community and assist the Coshocton SWCD Board of Supervisors in the management of important natural resources.