The Hillsborough County Soil and Water Conservation District Board, an advisory body that assists farmers and government agencies, has one seat up for grabs. Competing for the unpaid position are incumbent Nat L. Storms and challenger Allena Wiggins Halliday.
The panel meets monthly and discusses conservation issues, such as how to recycle water for agriculture. The board and the district staff give conservation advice to farmers and government agencies.
The election is non-partisan.
Storms, 64, of Valrico, was born in Zephyrhills and was educated at the University of Florida. He taught agriculture in the Hillsborough County school system for 31 years, has served in civic associations and is a former honorary mayor of Brandon.
He is married and has five children.
Halliday, 70, describes herself as a homemaker who is active in the Republican Party but has never pursued a career.
She was born in Vidalia, Ga., and attended business college in the 1940s. She grows prize-winning camellia flowers as a hobby and is a novice judge for the American Camellia Society.
She is married and has a son.
Storms, a landscaping consultant, says his agricultural background qualifies him to keep his position on the board.
Halliday says she is concerned about farmers who might be unable to grow enough food because of area water restrictions.
_ MARLENE SOKOL
The Hillsborough County Soil and Water Conservation District promotes soil and water conservation through education. It also advises other county agencies. District members are unpaid.