Issaquah voters face choice among King Conservation District candidates

March 3, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. March 3, 2011

The clock is ticking for King Conservation District voters to cast ballots online in the contest for a vacant board seat.

Voters started to cast e-ballots in the supervisor race Feb. 15. The voting period runs through March 15.

The conservation district is the agency responsible for promoting sustainable use of natural resources, and for providing information and technical assistance to landowners.

Candidates Kent farmer Bruce Elliott, Redmond real estate agent Teri Herrera, Duvall farmer Eric Nelson and Sammamish retiree Preston Prudente seek the volunteer position.

Elliott said he aims to balance environmental science and property rights. Herrera, a district Citizen Advisory Committee, said she intends to foster partnership among the district, landowners and other agencies. Nelson said he understands the district from a farmer’s perspective. Prudente said he intends to improve the district’s infrastructure and ability to assist landowners.

The election is open to registered voters in Issaquah and elsewhere in King County, except for Enumclaw, Federal Way, Milton, Pacific and Skykomish — cities outside the district.

Voters can also cast ballots in person at the district office — 1107 S.W. Grady Way, Suite 130, Renton — from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 15.

King County Elections does not administer district elections. Rather, the district has retained Bellevue-based Election Trust to coordinate the balloting. The company has managed past district elections at traditional polling places, such as the Issaquah Library.

“The technology behind this election is proven and secure, and we believe it offers the best option for expanding voter participation in our elections,” board Chairman Bill Knutsen said in a release.

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