The only local contested race on Orange County ballots is for Soil and Water Conservation District supervisor. Voters can select two of three candidates: Heather Main, Morris Shambley, and W. Chris Hogan. Main—an environmental health and safety consultant concerned about the effects of development, agricultural runoff, emerging contaminants, and global warming on Orange County’s natural resources—is the only candidate with a campaign website, and the only one who is not an incumbent.

Both Shambley and Hogan come from long-established farming families in Orange County. Hogan previously operated his family dairy farm but sold it to developers. Shambley’s family farm in Efland, once a dairy, grows soybeans.

We appreciate Main’s ideas and enthusiasm; give her a chance. As for the other spot, Hogan has been on the board for more than a decade, so we’ll give an ambivalent nod to his experience.