Cuyahoga SWCD Supervisor Election


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, one candidate will be elected. Potential candidates are expected to have experience relevant to the District's goals and a desire to assist in meeting those goals. The qualities of a potential supervisor include:

  • Knowledge of natural resources in the county
  • Skills that complement the existing make-up of the district board so that all demographic, educational, and land-use interests within the district are represented
  • Leadership ability and willingness to share time and talents
  • Committment to attend monthly board meetings

The nominating committee has identified the 2020-2022 Slate of Candidates. Voting will be at our 70th Annual Meeting and Supervisor Election on Monday, October 21, 2019. If you are unable to attend, you may vote absentee. Click here to request an absentee ballot form (ballots will be sent out after Sept 30). Absentee ballots can be mailed back or brought to our office at 3311 Perkins Ave. - Suite 100 - Cleveland, OH 44102.


Visar Duane immigrated from Cambodia in 1981. She graduated from Notre Dame College of Ohio in 1988 with a biology degree. She then completed a 12-month training program as a medical technologist for University Hospitals where she went on to work for 12 years. During her last 6 years at UH, she went back to school and earned her degree in Occupational Therapy from Cleveland State University. She now runs a small private practice where she will see patients in their homes or at her home in North Royalton, Ohio.

Visar and her husband David have two children, and since 2011, they have managed Purple Skies Farm, their North Royalton based farm that specializes in delicious fruits and produce. On the farm, Visar practices mindful and sustainable living. This includes creating a pond to use for irrigation needs, applying only organic approved methods, and utilizing companion planting. Additionally, she participates in multiple NRCS conservation plans such as minimal tillage, cover crops, crops rotation, and pollinator planting. Her goal is to practice good stewardship to our wonderful planet.


Whitnye Long Jones is a community and environmental steward for net positive change with a genuine interest in community empowerment and social entrepreneurship. She is the Community Engagement Organizer for Ohio City Incorporated Community Development Corporation. She is also the Founder / Chief Executive Officer of Aesthetics Squared, LLC, and the Founder / Program Manager of Organic Connects, Inc..

Mrs. Long Jones is a current and first Black American woman Board Supervisor on the board. She also participates on multiple local and national committees that have an environmental focus.

Working on the ground directly with youth and residents to bring environmental awareness and resources to urban populations is where her passions are most beneficially expressed. She studied Biology at Case Western Reserve University and, in her spare time, enjoys volunteering for and coordinating nature projects, playing volleyball, and creating art. She, her husband, and two children reside in Shaker Heights.


My name is Draye Luton. I’m 26 years old and resident of Cleveland, Ohio. Since my graduation from the College of Wooster, I have been immersed in the fields of nonprofit leadership, financial services, community development, student mentorship and coaching football. Over the last two years, I have worked in commercial banking for Key Bank, as a Corporate Client Specialist. Also, I have served the City of Cleveland as the Executive Director of the Cleveland Neighborhood Initiative which is a community development charity focused on decreasing blight and debris thru beautification projects in conjunction with efforts to rebuild and preserve urban ecosystems, green spaces, and neighborhoods.

I’m excited to run for the board because I believe I can provide a fresh perspective and new impact. Our communities land conservation practices, environmental education programs, and management of natural resources effect our quality of life and my goal is to provide a healthier and improved life experience for everyone in Cuyahoga county.


Akbar is Director of Training and Healthy Homes for Environmental Health Watch (EHW). Akbar started with EHW in 1992 and has over 20 years of experience working with in-home assessments, field research, and education and training of tenants and other providers. During his 18 years, Akbar has gained vast experience conducting home hazard assessments, remediation, family education, healthy house training, and research.

Over the years his emphasis in research has evolved to meet the changing needs of the community. From lead poisoning, to asthma, pesticide exposure, and other health conditions associations with substandard housing and air quality.

Akbar has a passion for cultivating people and soil and sharing his knowledge about the value of nutrition and the importance of maintaining a healthy home. Akbar currently lives on Cleveland’s East side. At home he can be found working in his garden and tending to his ducks. He is a Licensed lead Risk Assessor, Lead contractor, Radon tester, Licensed Exterminator and BPI Indoor air quality specialist.