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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Live in King County? Please vote today!

Today is a special election day in King County, and unlike last week's, there aren't any propositions at stake as there often are in a special election. No, this election is for the King County Conservation District.

What's unusual about it is that you have go out of your way in order to vote. There are no absentee ballots and there are so few polling places open you can count them using your fingers.

Nevertheless, it is important...the district controls a nearly $6 million annual budget and helps county residents manage their natural resources.

Given that this agency is all about conservation, it only makes sense to have actual conservationists running it. Today we have an opportunity to replace a developer friendly incumbent (Matt Livengood) with a real conservationist (Max Prinsen). Position 1 is up for grabs and your vote is critical. Typically less than a thousand people vote in each of these elections...every single vote matters immensely.

Max Prinsen is a past Chair of the Conservation Board, the current President of SHADOW (Save Habitat and Diversity of Wetlands), and a member of the Cedar River Council. He is endorsed by the Washington Conservation Voters and NPI. We strongly urge our King County readers to cast a vote in this special election for Max Prinsen. You can make a serious difference by voting.

Polling locations are open from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Tuesday February 13, 2007 (today) at these locations:
  • Renton City Hall. 1055 South Grady Way, Renton, WA
  • Snoqualmie Valley Community Center. 4610 Stephens Ave, Carnation, WA
  • Kent City Hall. 220 - 4th Ave South, Kent WA
  • Enumclaw Fairgrounds Administrative Office. 45224 - 284th Ave SE, Enumclaw, WA
  • Kirkland City Hall. 123 Fifth Ave, Kirkland, WA
  • Shoreline City Hall. 17544 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline, WA
  • Garfield Community Center, 2323 East Cherry St, Seattle, WA
King Conservation District board positions, by the way, are unpaid. Board members are responsible for overseeing the district's operations, staff, financial administration, and for guiding the direction of programs and policies.

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