Enumclaw residents cannot cast board vote

Rural residents of the Enumclaw area, but not those living within the city limits, have the opportunity to help choose a new member of the King Conservation District’s board of supervisors.

A districtwide election is scheduled for March 16 and candidates for the position include Mary Embleton of Seattle; Mara Heiman, Auburn; Teri Herrera, Redmond; Kirk Prindle, Seattle; and Max Prinsen, Renton. To be included on the ballot, each completed a nomination petition form and gathered at least 25 signatures from registered voters residing within the district.

Registered voters who reside within the district are eligible to vote in the election, with the exception of residents of cities that do not participate in the King Conservation District. Those cities include Enumclaw, Federal Way, Skykomish, Milton and Pacific. Voters must present proper identification, like a driver’s license, passport or birth certificate.

The all-volunteer, five member board includes three elected members and two who are appointed by the Washington State Conservation Commission. All supervisors serve three-year terms.The board of supervisors conducts regular public meetings to oversee the district’s budget and provide guidance and oversight to district staff.

The district provides information and technical assistance programs available to all landowners within the district’s boundaries – which takes in most of King County – on a voluntary, nonregulatory basis. The district provides grants for conservation-focused projects and programs, and initiates community outreach activities that include workshops, education programs, site visits, farm plans, and consultation on land, water, and wildlife management.

For rural Enumclaw residents wishing to vote in the March 16 election, the nearest polling place will be the Auburn branch of the King County Library, 1102 Auburn Way S. Voters may cast their ballots between 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Other polling places are in Bellevue, Carnation, Des Moines, Seattle, Shoreline and on Vashon Island.

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