Muskingum SWCD Supervisor Candidate Announcement

A Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor represents county residents in soil and water conservation and natural resources management. Supervisors set the District’s policy, provide guidance to staff, and assist on projects. The Board consists of five supervisors who serve for three-year terms on a voluntary basis. Supervisors participate in monthly and special board meetings and attend area and state meetings. This year, candidates will be nominated to fill one open position. Potential candidates are expected to have experience relevant to the District’s goals. The qualities of a potential supervisor include:

  • Widespread knowledge of natural resources in the county
  • Complement the existing make-up of the district board so that all geographic, educational, and land-use interests within the district are represented
  • Leadership ability and willingness to share time and talent.

The Nominating Committee will present a slate of candidates. Qualified residents, 18 years of age or older, may also petition to be on the ballot. For more information, call our office at (740) 454-2027 or contact Becky Vansickle, Nominating Committee Chair at (740) 297-1997 or by email at

Meet the Board Candidates!

Candidate Lance Deal

Lance Deal

Lance resides on Salt Creek Drive in Chandlersville, with his wife Darla. They have three grown children: Lane (23), Lyndsay (20), and Levi (20). Lance is a 1993 graduate of Philo High School and a 1997 graduate of Muskingum College with a Bachelors’ Degree in Business. He is a full-time beef and crop farmer. Lance is a current supervisor of the Muskingum County Soil and Water District with his term ending on December 31, 2022. His soil and water philosophy is to promote and encourage putting conservation on the ground.

Dean Holtzclaw

Dean resides on Coopermill Road in Zanesville. He is married to Nora, and they have four grown children. He graduated from Frontier High School Class of 1976. Dean retired from Walmart as a store manager. He is currently a hobby farmer raising goats and chickens. He currently volunteers as coordinator of the South Zanesville Food Pantry. He attends the Rolling Plains United Methodist Church and is a Lead Team Member. Dean’s past experience includes being a Rotarian and board member for nine years, serving four years as a member and president of a Chamber of Commerce, and being a member and chairman of Area 16 Workforce Investment Board for three years. Dean’s soil and water conservation philosophy is to simply support farmers and embrace new ideas while protecting nature and working to meet the needs of our community.

Candidate Dean Holtzclaw

Environmental Conservation Organization

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