Carnation man wins conservation district seat
March 26, 2009
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6 a.m. March 26, 2009
Preston Drew won the March 19 election for a King Conservation District Board of Supervisors seat, according to unofficial election results released by the district.
Drew, a Carnation resident endorsed by the King County Republican Party, clinched the seat with 1,357 votes. He outpaced Seattle write-in candidate Mark Sollitto by 158 votes. A third candidate, Carnation resident David Mauk, garnered 175 votes.
Drew will serve a three-year term on the five-member volunteer board. Members oversee district operations, staff and financial administration. The district budgets about $2.5 million to fund operations and its staff of about 17 full-time employees.
Washington Conservation Commission members are scheduled to certify the election results May 21. Drew will be eligible to sit in with the conservation district board for its June 8 meeting.
Voter turnout for the election more than doubled the highest turnout numbers in the last five years of conservation district elections, district Executive Director Jeffrey Possinger said in a news release.
“These elections have been held since 1949 and the unprecedented turnout this year is a reflection of the increased number of voting centers, as well as the higher profile we have taken in recent years because of our voluntary conservation and stewardship efforts with private landowners,” he said.
Voters cast ballots at 13 locations across the district, which encompasses much of King County. Local residents voted at the Issaquah Library.