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Three Win Seats On Conservation Board

© Leesburg Today - 11/03/2015

In the lowest-profile race on Tuesday's ballot, Loudouners selected three residents to serve on the Soil and Water Conservation Board.

There were four candidates vying for three seats on the panel. The winners will join other board members appointed by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board.

Marina R. Schumacher, a Potomac Falls resident who works as a consultant at Esri in Vienna, was the top vote-getter, with 34,174 votes. Second was John P. Flannery II, a lawyer and Lovettsville-area resident who currently serves as an associate director for the district. He got 31,752 votes. Incumbent James K. Wylie secured the third seat with 18,424 votes. They will serve four-year terms.

The race recorded the highest number of ""blank"" votes, 97,324.

What is the Soil and Water Conservation Board? The board and the district staff are responsible for conservation work within Loudoun County, with the mission to provide leadership in recognizing and addressing soil and water conservation issues and problems and to promote and develop education and technical programs that meet agricultural and urban conservation needs. Among the district's activities are administering federal and state conservation programs, administering grants, helping plant riparian buffers, and leading educational programs such as the community rain-barrel making workshops.

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