Correction: A previous version of this article provided incorrect biographical information about Richard Reid. The information has been removed. Elon News Network regrets this error.
For Alamance Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor, there are three non-partisan elected positions on the board and there are two open positions this year. Both incumbents are running for reelection.
Richard Reid is one of two incumbents in this race and is currently serving on the Alamance County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors.
Otha Hawkins is a retired Alamance Community College instructor and told the Alamance News that his longtime interest in conservation of agricultural resources led him to run for this office. Hawkins has been a resident of Alamance County for 32 years and has stayed active in politics.
Hawkins also managed a department of defense manufacturing supplier, Lions services, which employs handicapped employees. He spent over 30 years working at Alamance Community College.
Brandy Whittaker, according to her campaign Facebook, is running for Alamance Soil and Water District Supervisor for multiple reasons, including the fact that she is tired of seeing attack advertisements that are untrue.
Whittaker has spent her time campaigning going to events such as Burlington City Council meetings to advocate for environmental proposals she cares about. She told the Alamance Democratic Party that she grew up in northern Alamance on a micro farm owned by her family. She now is working to support land conservation.
“I’m running for ACSWC to bridge the gap of what once was in the farming and conservation communities and what could be,” Whittaker wrote. “We need to make grants more widely available to Micro Farmers, Urban Farmers, and Minority Farmers. We also need to strengthen the education of young potential farmers by funding programs for environmental growth. I would love to expand our 4H offerings and get the info into more homes.”
David Morrow is one of two incumbents in the race for Alamance County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor. Morrow was a member of the Claremont City Council in North Carolina until leaving office in 2019 after losing for reelection.
Morrow told the Mebane Enterprise that the biggest challenges related to this position, concerning soil and water, are continuing to have healthy drinking water, educating the public on threats to natural resources and preserving valuable farmlands.
“I learned at an early age the importance of nurturing our land, the importance of crop rotation, and the dangers from inappropriate use of chemicals and outside contaminants,” Morrow told the Mebane Enterprise. “My personal experience combined with my military leadership, management, and advisory experience, I believe make me the best candidate.”
Willie Holiday is running to be Alamance County’s Soil and Water District Supervisor. He was formally endorsed by the Alamance County Republican Party and has not previously served in this role.
Former Burlington mayoral candidate Donna Vanhook is running for Alamance County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor. She is an active member in numerous Alamance County commissions and committees including ABSS Superintendent's Equity, Diversity & Opportunity Committee, and the City of Burlington Minimum Housing Commission.
According to statements made on her campaign website, Vanhook’s platform upholds the right of every Alamance County citizen to have equitable access to clean water and pollutant-free soil. She believes both are important elements of a healthy and thriving community.
“Elect a candidate who advocates daily for you and your family to experience a better quality of life,” wrote the Elect Donna Vanhook committee on its website.