Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes local health advocates

April 10, 2012

King County earned some recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for public health efforts related to obesity prevention and tobacco use.

The 18 local honorees included Issaquah resident Christopher “Kit” Ledbetter, municipal parks and recreation director in SeaTac. Ledbetter earned recognition from the CDC as a champion for tobacco-free parks in the South King County city. The effort brings together teenagers, law enforcement officers, maintenance crews and other partners.

King County Executive Dow Constantine, a leader in environmental protection, public transit and government reform, also earned recognition from the CDC.

The recognition based on nominations from peers is part of Communities Putting Prevention to Work — a CDC initiative to bring together community organizations, local governments, schools districts and public health agencies in addressing the leading causes of preventable death.

Issaquah resident elected to King Conservation District board

March 27, 2012

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

Ledbetter, longtime parks and recreation director for SeaTac municipal government, earned a 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.

Landowners fund the district through a $10-per-parcel assessment fee.

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.

Issaquah resident elected to King Conservation District board

March 20, 2012

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.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention honors local health advocates

February 23, 2012

NEW — 5:45 p.m. Feb. 23, 2012

King County earned some recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for public health efforts related to obesity prevention and tobacco use, officials announced Thursday.

The 18 local honorees included Issaquah resident Christopher “Kit” Ledbetter, municipal parks and recreation director in SeaTac. Ledbetter earned recognition from the CDC as a champion for tobacco-free parks in the South King County city. The effort brings together teenagers, law enforcement officers, maintenance crews and other partners.

(Ledbetter is also the sole candidate for a King Conservation District board seat.)

King County Executive Dow Constantine, a leader in environmental protection, public transit and government reform, also earned recognition from the CDC.

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Issaquah man is sole candidate in King Conservation District election

February 21, 2012

The election for a King Conservation District board seat starts Feb. 28 and, although only a lone candidate appears on the ballot, district voters in Issaquah and elsewhere can cast ballots online.

The monthlong election is for a 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.

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