It’s been in the news a fair amount lately, but plenty of people still don’t know anything about the King Conservation District, and its current online election.
The King CD provides information and technical assistance programs that are available to all landowners within the district’s boundaries on a voluntary, non-regulatory basis. King CD programs are hands-on, site specific, action and results oriented; and it initiates community outreach activities that include workshops, education programs, site visits, farm plans, and consultation on land, water, and wildlife management.
One of 46 conservation districts in the state, the KCD covers most cities in the county (except for Enumclaw, Federal Way, Milton, Pacific and Skykomish) and all unincorporated areas of the county.
It is now conducting one of the nation’s first Internet-based elections, for a position of its board of supervisors. Online voting started on Feb. 15 and continues through March 15. Individuals registered to vote in King County (except for the five cities not part of the district) are eligible to vote.
Candidates for position #2 include Douglas “Bruce” Elliott, from Kent; Teri Herrera, of Redmond; Eric K. Nelson, from Duvall; and Preston Prudente of Sammamish.
The milestone election’s secure, two-step voting process includes confirmation of voter eligibility followed by voting…The district will also provide a one-day, “in-person” voting option at its Renton office on March 15 between 9 am to 9 pm. The King CD is located at 1107 SW Grady Way, Suite 130.
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. As public officials, their responsibility is to ensure that the King CD meets its legal and public trust obligations.
The board of supervisors conducts regular public meetings to oversee the district’s budget and provide policy guidance and oversight to district staff.