by Mary Hopper
Six are vying for the two non-partisan slots as Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors. Barbara Bleiweis has a real passion for protecting our threatened urban farmland including the 237 farms that remain in our county. Nancy Carter was an effective City Council representative for Charlotte’s eastside and is particularly attuned to stabilizing streams and improving water quality. Bleiweis and Carter are incumbents. Duncan David St Clair III is a former US Park Ranger and Lilly Taylor, a member of Green Party, has spoken up on environmental issues including against pipeline construction.
no photo available for Duncan David St Clair
You may also recognize two candidates who have run for other offices. Tigress Sydney Acute McDaniel was just on the May ballot for an at- large County Commission seat. David Michael Rice has run for everything from Mayor and City Council to County Commission. This is his second try for Soil Commission.
Your best source to know both what this body does and how these candidates would approach this work is provided by Vote411.org. Please take time to visit this link. A click on their pictures (St Clair only has his campaign sign) will lead you to their bios and contact info as well as responses to a four- question survey. A click reveals their responses, some of which are very articulate and thoughtful. The site is worth your time so you can cast an informed vote for this little known, but important, office. You can vote for two of the six.