File to run for King Conservation District seat by Feb. 16

February 1, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 1, 2010

King Conservation District voters will elect a member to the board of supervisors next month. The district includes Issaquah and most of King County.

Candidates for the March 16 election must file at the district office in Renton by Feb. 16. The district promotes sustainable use of natural resources, and provides information and voluntary technical-assistance programs to landowners.

A five-person board of supervisors oversees the district. The board includes three members elected by district residents and two members appointed by state Conservation Commission.

Potential candidates must complete a candidate information form and nominating petition with at least 25 district voters’ signatures. The petition must be submitted to the district office — 1107 S.W. Grady Way, Suite 130, Renton  — by 5 p.m. Feb. 16.

Find the information and petition forms here or at the district office. People interested in the open seat should contact the district for information about the duties and responsibilities required by the role. Learn more here.

The key source of revenue for the district is a $10-per-parcel fee paid by district landowners. Although the district is authorized by the Legislature, the district is not a state agency and does not receive ongoing operating dollars from the state. Local, state and federal grants form important funding sources for the district.

District officials will work with elections administrator Election Trust to provide polling locations for the March 16 election. Unlike King County-run elections, voters will cast ballots in person for the district race. The nearest polling locations to Issaquah will be the county libraries in Bellevue, 1111 110th Ave. N.E., and Carnation, 4804 Tolt Ave. Polls will be open from 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Most registered King County residents can cast ballots in the election, with the exception of residents of cities outside district boundaries: Enumclaw, Federal Way, Milton, Pacific and Skykomish.

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