Although the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District Board is technically nonpartisan, the battle for its three seats has drawn six candidates--two of them incumbents--who have endorsements from both major political parties as well as the county's Green Party.

Seeking reelection for a fifth three-year term is board Chairman A. Dewey Bond, 76. The retired trade association executive, who is campaigning on his experience and has the support of the Fairfax County Republican Committee, has served on numerous other environmental commissions, including the state Soil and Water Conservation Board.

The second incumbent, Gregory C. "Greg" Evans, 46, stresses that he has worked with state legislators to preserve open space. And he says he has worked on projects to reduce the chance of Pfisteria piscicida outbreaks in Virginia's waterways. The Fairfax County Republican Committee also has endorsed Evans.

The two candidates endorsed by the Fairfax Green Party include the youngest, S. Christopher Suprun Jr., 25, who also is endorsed by the Republican Committee. Suprun is a program coordinator at the Free Congress Foundation, a self-described conservative think tank in Washington. He said he hopes to encourage more residents to take their grievances over environmental issues before the Soil and Water Conservation Board.

The second Green endorsee is Johna Good Gagnon, 46, a county Environmental Quality Advisory Council representative, who is also on the Lee District Land Use and Transportation Advisory Committee. Gagnon, the co-owner of a company that deals with workplace issues, wants to increase the restoration efforts of stream valleys, watersheds and wetlands. She also wants the board to more actively serve as a "broker" between developers and residents with environmental concerns.

One of two candidates endorsed by the Fairfax County Democratic Committee is Sheila M. Roit, 41, a registered nurse who works as a senior political action specialist for the American Nurses Association. Roit wants the Conservation Board to work more actively to prevent tree cutting on building sites.

The second Democrat, Sally B. Ormsby, 63, has lived in the county for more than 30 years. Ormsby said she would like to see more environmental programs in the county schools that teach about soil and water conservation. She has been a volunteer on numerous area civic bodies and serves on the Northern Virginia District Planning Commission.

Members of the Soil and Water Conservation Board are not paid.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA DISTRICT

VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN THREE

A. Dewey Bond*

Age: 76.

Residence: Great Falls.

Education: BS, Ohio State University; MS, Cornell University; PhD, Michigan State University.

Occupation: Retired after 40 years at the American Meat Institute.

Elected offices/civic activities: Gubernatorial appointee, Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board and Virginia Board of Professional Soil Scientists; member, Fairfax County Tree Commission; former member, Fairfax County Environmental Advisory Council; former executive board member, Great Falls Citizens Association.

Family: Widowed; four children.

Why should the voters elect you?

"I seek reelection to a fifth term to continue the Conservation District's successful and award-winning programs. Much is yet to be accomplished in educating our community about controlling soil erosion and managing storm water runoff. I will continue our excellent partnership with Fairfax County government to provide technical advice and to implement projects that demonstrate better ways to protect our natural resources. Our efforts must be expanded to educate citizens and support their environmental initiatives. Our youth education program and our work with volunteers to monitor the water quality in our local streams should continue."

What would you like voters to know about you?

"I was raised on an Ohio farm. I am a World War II veteran; the former president of the Langley High School PTA; a PhD in agricultural economics; a red raspberry producer; and Fairfax County resident for 41 years."

Carey C. Campbell

Has withdrawn his candidacy.

Gregory C. 'Greg' Evans*

Age: 46.

Residence: Springfield.

Education: BS, Byrant College; MBA, George Washington University.

Occupation: Environmental manager; vice president, Environmental Services and Technology, Coleman Research Corporation.

Elected offices/civic activities: Secretary/treasurer, Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District; co-chairman, Park Partners Bond Referendum Campaign; member, Governor's Steering Committee, Fall Rivers Renaissance and Spring Spruce-up campaigns; chairman, Fairfax County Park Authority Board; member, Environmental Education Advisory Committee, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

Family: Married; three children.

Why should the voters elect you?

"Last election, I promised to help build partnerships to protect Virginia's environment and I have. I'm working with state legislators to establish a $40 million annual dedicated funding source for open space acquisition without raising taxes. I worked with Conservation District leaders on legislative remedies to reduce the danger of pfisteria outbreaks and to publish a homeowners conservation guide. If reelected, I'll work to implement a comprehensive open-space acquisition and preservation program to protect vital watersheds, reduce the impact of storm water runoff and enhance the beauty of our community. I'll also work to increase public knowledge of conservation practices."

What would you like voters to know about you?

"I've worked on conservation issues for over 20 years as a public official, civic leader, businessman and father. I believe I can make a difference."

Web site: www.virginiaconservation.org

E-mail address: soilandH20@aol.com

Johna Good Gagnon

Age: 46.

Residence: Franconia.

Education: AAS, Northern Virginia Community College; BS, MEd, George Mason University.

Occupation: Trainer and co-owner, Gagnon Training and Development and Conflict Management.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council; member, Lee District Land Use and Transportation Advisory Committee; member, Lee District Council of Civic and Homeowners Associations; League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area; Friends of Huntley Meadows Park.

Family: Married.

Why should the voters elect you?

"I will fight for the restoration of stream valleys, watersheds and environmental quality corridors by increasing public and private cooperative efforts. I advocate establishing a "one-stop shopping" environmental clearinghouse. I support eliminating duplicate, obsolete and ineffective regulations. I advocate stronger efforts to secure more green space in the county. My experience in land use and environmental issues is that we can and must succeed in preserving, protecting and enhancing our natural heritage."

What would you like voters to know about you?

"I believe the future of Fairfax County rests on our willingness to protect the environment and set aside more green space for the next generations."

Web site: www.FreeFairfax.com

E-mail address: 74633.3520@compuserve.com

Sally B. Ormsby

Age: 63.

Residence: Fairfax.

Education: Graduate, Bryant and Stratton Business Institute.

Occupation: Community volunteer.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Northern Virginia District Planning Commission; vice president, Northern Virginia Community Appearance Alliance; legislative chairman, Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations; chairman, Fairfax County Citizens Committee on Land Use and Transportation; member, Environmental Quality Committee, League of Women Voters.

Family: Married; two children.

Why should the voters elect you?

"I have many years of experience working on issues related to the environment, land use, transportation, government and other issues of concern to Fairfax County residents. The well-being of my community and the larger county community are my primary interest. I have worked for an improved storm water management system, protection of our stream valleys, wise use of our land and preservation of trees. I have monitored state legislation for organizations to speak on these important environmental issues. As a director of the Soil and Water Conservation District, I promise to work diligently toward protection of our natural environment."

What would you like voters to know about you?

"My vocation and avocation for the past 30 years have been working on programs for the benefit of our families and communities."

E-mail address: sormsby@erols.com

Sheila M. Roit

Age: 41.

Residence: Springfield.

Education: BA, MPP, Georgetown University.

Occupation: Senior political action specialist, American Nurses Association.

Elected offices/civic activities: Association member, Women's Informational Resource Candidate Clearinghouse; secretary, Springfield District Democratic Committee; former chairman, Legislative Committee, Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates; former chairman, Legislative Committee, Chesapeake Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates; member, Legislative Committee, American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Family: Married.

Why should the voters elect you?

"As a registered nurse, I will use my expertise in health promotion and disease prevention to focus on programs that affect water quality and pollution control. I will also try to accomplish the following: Work with communities to develop a comprehensive water use plan that includes consumer and commercial uses as well as runoff and pollution control; in conjunction with builders, create workable plans to limit the destruction of old trees when new subdivisions or industrial areas are developed; and promote replanting of trees in stripped areas along with increasing the number of wildflower areas along the Fairfax County Parkway."

What would you like voters to know about you?

"I have been a registered nurse for 18 years. My experience will help me to serve as a Soil and Water Conservation District director."

E-mail address: elect_roit@hotmail.com

S. Christopher Suprun Jr.

Age: 25.

Residence: Vienna.

Education: BA, George Mason University.

Occupation: Director of governance, Free Congress Foundation.

Elected offices/civic activities: Member, Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council; member, Fairfax Area Commission on Aging; member, Fairfax County Human Services Council; member, Fairfax Committee of 100; volunteer firefighter and paramedic.

Family: Married.

Why should the voters elect you?

"I am the only candidate to denounce a proposed utility tax increase. A new tax would put a new burden on our young working-class families and the elderly and is not needed to balance the budget. I believe that the local economy and the environment can and should work together. I also believe that we need to make policy after the scientific evidence rather than before it. Finally, decisions such as when trees are clear cut from homeowner's back yards should be made with the affected neighborhoods. Decisions are best made at home kitchen tables, not at Government Center conference tables."

What would you like voters to know about you?

"I have worked for two governors handling natural resources policy, and I can bring a state perspective to the board and help attain new funding."

E-mail address: suprunforsoilh2o@hotmail.com