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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Duvall farmer Eric Nelson elected to King Conservation District board

March 22, 2011

King Conservation District voters elected Duvall farmer Eric Nelson to the board of supervisors in a pioneering online election last week, although turnout dropped sharply from the last district election in 2010.

The contest concluded March 15, and conservation district officials announced the results March 17.

Eric Nelson

Nelson bested Kent farmer Bruce Elliott, Redmond real estate agent Teri Herrera and Sammamish retiree Preston Prudente to secure the open seat for a three-year term. Nelson is scheduled to assume office at the Washington State Conservation Commission meeting in May.

The election attracted 2,299 voters — a decline from 4,232 people in the last district election in March 2010. Officials had hoped the option for voters to cast electronic ballots online, instead of traveling to polling locations scattered throughout the county, might boost turnout.

The district offered a traditional polling site in Renton for 12 hours March 15.

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Duvall farmer elected to King Conservation District board

March 17, 2011

NEW — 6 p.m. March 17, 2011

King Conservation District voters elected Duvall farmer Eric Nelson to the board of supervisors in a pioneering online election, although turnout dropped sharply from the last district election in 2010.

The contest concluded Tuesday night, and conservation district officials announced the results Thursday afternoon.

Nelson bested Kent farmer Bruce Elliott, Redmond real estate agent Teri Herrera and Sammamish retiree Preston Prudente to secure the open seat for a three-year term. Nelson is scheduled to assume office at the Washington State Conservation Commission meeting in May.

The election attracted 2,299 voters — a decline from 4,232 people in the last district election in March 2010. Officials had hoped the option for voters to cast electronic ballots online, instead of traveling to polling locations scattered throughout the county, might boost turnout.

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Voting in conservation district election ends March 15

March 8, 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 online voting period runs through March 15. Voters can also cast ballots in person at the district office 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.

King County Elections does not administer district elections.

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King Conservation District rolls out online voting for board election

February 11, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 11, 2011

The little-noticed election for a King Conservation District board seat kicks off Tuesday and, for the first time, 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.

The electorate must choose among Kent farmer Bruce Elliott, Redmond real estate agent Teri Herrera, Duvall farmer Eric Nelson and Sammamish retiree Preston Prudente for the open seat.

“We are pleased to have a full slate of candidates for our inaugural online election,” board Chairman Bill Knutsen said in a statement.

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King Conservation District appoints director

January 13, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 13, 2011

King Conservation District leaders have picked the interim executive director for the full-time role, the agency announced Monday.

Sara Hemphill has served in the interim role since January 2010, after serving as a consultant to the district for 10 years and logging almost 20 years on resource conservation and regulatory compliance projects.

“Sara will continue to play a key role in furthering the district’s goals and objectives,” district Chairman Bill Knutsen said in a statement. “Her unique blend of career experience and knowledge of the district have been invaluable over the past year.”

In addition to administrative duties, Hemphill continues to serve as the legislative strategist, lobbyist, and internal and external affairs facilitator, for the district.

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Governor proposes changes to state parks, recreation agencies

December 15, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 15, 2010

Gov. Chris Gregoire has called for the agency responsible for Lake Sammamish and Squak Mountain state parks, plus the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, to be merged into a single agency in order to cut costs.

The governor unveiled a plan Tuesday to reduce the number of state agencies from 21 to nine. The consolidation could mean almost $30 million in savings and a reduction in state positions by 125 between next year and 2013. The state faces a $4.6 billion shortfall in the upcoming budget.

Gregoire intends to consolidate the state natural resource agencies to help address the revenue gap.

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King Conservation District seeks board member

November 9, 2010

Issaquah-area residents can apply to be a supervisor for the King Conservation District, the group responsible for promoting sustainable use of natural resources, and providing information and technical assistance to landowners.

The volunteer board of supervisors — including three elected members and two supervisors appointed by the state Conservation Commission — oversees the district. The board handles the district’s budget and programs, and provides guidance to staff members.

The three-year position is open to registered voters inside the conservation district. In addition to Issaquah, the district includes all of King County except for Enumclaw, Federal Way, Milton, Pacific and Skykomish.

Find applications for the open seat at the conservation district website and the commission website. Candidates must apply by Nov. 15. The commission plans to announce the appointment Dec. 2. Call Susan Wermus at 282-1900 to learn more.

The appointee succeeds retiring member Scott Wallace, a longtime leader in local agricultural programs.

Residents needed for King Conservation District board

October 27, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 27, 2010

Issaquah-area residents can apply to be a supervisor for the King Conservation District, the group responsible for promoting sustainable use of natural resources, and providing information and technical assistance to landowners.

The volunteer board of supervisors — including three elected members and two supervisors appointed by the state Conservation Commission — oversees the district. The board handles the district’s budget and programs, and provides guidance to staff members.

The three-year position is open to registered voters inside the conservation district. In addition to Issaquah, the district includes all of King County except for Enumclaw, Federal Way, Milton, Pacific and Skykomish.

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