Vote for new King Conservation District board member Tuesday

March 15, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. March 15, 2010

Voters in Issaquah and elsewhere in the King Conservation District will choose from five candidates for a board seat Tuesday.

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.

The candidates include former Issaquah city wetland biologist Kirk Prindle. Officials eliminated the position last year during a round of layoffs.

Prindle, a West Seattle resident, will face Seattle resident Mary Embleton, the director of Cascade Harvest Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting farmers to consumers; Mara Heiman, a longtime Auburn resident with a background in water-resource issues; Teri Herrera, a Redmond real estate agent; and Renton resident Max Prinsen, a conservation district associate supervisor and the president of a wetland-conservation group.

The election for a King Conservation District board member March 16 will differ from other local elections. Unlike King County-run elections, voters will cast ballots in person for the district race.

The district will not open a polling place in Issaquah. The nearest polling locations to the city will be the county libraries in Bellevue, 1111 110th Ave. N.E., and Carnation, 4804 Tolt Ave. Polls will open from 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. at both sites.

King County Elections does not handle the election; the district contracted with Bellevue-based elections administrator Election Trust to provide polling locations.

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

Voters must present proper identification, like a driver’s license, passport or birth certificate, at the polling location.

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2 Responses to “Vote for new King Conservation District board member Tuesday”

  1. Roger on March 15th, 2010 2:14 pm

    Shame on the City Issaquah for cutting the such an important position as their wetland biologist! What a terrible loss…Kirk Prindle is incredibly knowledgeable about all types of conservation issues and has a wealth of experience devising and facilitating practical “win-win” solutions to complex environmental problems. I will be voting for him.

  2. Steve Zemke on March 15th, 2010 4:23 pm

    Kirk Prindle will bring some fresh air to the King Conservation District. He is a wildlife and wetland biologist currently serving on the Seattle Urban Forestry Commission. He is committed to trying to find solutions to protecting our natural environment without committing to expensive engineering solutions. You can read more about what he would like to do by visiting his website at

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