Robert Lefkowitz, a rabbi from Orlando, has filed for election to the District 2 seat of the Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Lefkowitz, 60, is the first to enter the contest for the seat now held by Conservation District Supervisor Daisy Morales.

Lefkowitz said he’s always seen a connection between caring for spirituality and caring for the environment. That, and a desire to expand his service, led him to file for the seat.

He had previously run for an Orange County Commission seat back in the 1990s.

“Soil and water, land, air, all has to do with nature and the environment and how we live. So does spirituality. They go hand in hand when you think about it. The environment that you create, or you try to create for other people, it impacts you,” he said.

“I care about Orlando. I care about the growth. I care about the environment. I care about other people. I care about what we drink. I care about the land we live on,” he added.

There also is one candidate thus far for the other seat up in this year’s election, representing the Conservation District’s District 4 seat. William “Derek” Ryan of Apopka filed last month to run. The incumbent, District 4 Supervisor Eric Rollings, who also is chair of the board of supervisors, is running for the Orange County Commission this year.

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