John Bradshaw has been serving as an appointed member to the board for the past couple of years since the city officially affiliated with the district, which also includes Roanoke, Franklin and Henry counties.
This marks the first election cycle since his
and Broaddus Fitzpatrick's appointments.Fitzpatrick has a new job that won't allow him to serve on the board, so a write-in candidate will be needed to fill the other seat, a common occurrence across the state.Mike Loveman, a Roanoke contractor and former Roanoke parks and recreation employee, has agreed to seek that spot, Bradshaw said.
...Bradshaw, a professional engineer and retired director of operations for Hayes, Seay, Mattern & Mattern, acknowledges that being a soil and water conservation director is "a low-key job," but one with important implications.
That not only keeps toxins out of local water supplies but also helps preserve distant resources such as the Chesapeake Bay, Bradshaw
noted that his
board's other work includes such things as oversight of 10 flood-control dams in Franklin and Henry counties, holding some conservation easements with land trusts, encouraging "green" construction methods, and educating school-age children on the benefits of conservation practices.