Issaquah resident elected to King Conservation District board

March 20, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 11:50 a.m. March 20, 2012

Issaquah resident Christopher “Kit” Ledbetter is the latest addition to the King Conservation District board after a little-noticed, uncontested election.

Christopher 'Kit' Ledbetter

Ledbetter, longtime parks and recreation director for SeaTac municipal government, earned supervisor seat on the board of the conservation district — the agency responsible for promoting sustainable use of natural resources, and providing information and technical assistance to landowners.

The district encompasses King County except for Enumclaw, Federal Way, Milton, Pacific and Skykomish. Landowners fund the district through a $10-per-parcel assessment fee.

The all-volunteer district board manages the district budget and offers guidance to staff members about conservation programs. Supervisors also help to identify critical conservation needs in the district and collection feedback about programs from residents.

In 2011, the district shifted to online elections in a push to boost turnout. King County Elections does not administer district elections. Instead, the district relied on Bellevue-based Election Trust and Scytl USA to coordinate the balloting.

Though the district encompasses most of the more than 1.1 million registered voters in the county, anemic turnout defined recent conservation district elections.

Ledbetter received 205 votes out of 216 votes cast during the monthlong election. Other votes went to write-in candidates; one voter cast a ballot for Mickey Mouse.

The results do not become official until certified by the Washington State Conservation Commission in May.

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