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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Vote today: King Conservation District

If you live in King County, please take time today to vote for good environmental stewardship and cast your ballot for Mark Sollitto.

Mark is running as a write-in candidate for a position on the board of the King Conservation District. He has been endorsed by Democratic King County council members Dow Constantine and Larry Phillips.

If you are used to receiving your mail-in ballot to remind you of an election, this one may come as a surprise since you must visit a polling place in order to participate (listed below).

The King Conservation District elects a board member every year at this time in order to fill one of three elected spots.

This agency guides and assists landowners in how to best manage their natural resources, therefore board members should have a strong conservation ethic.

From the KCD website:
All landowners within the District boundaries are entitled to free information and technical assistance [from the KCD] for water quality protection, wildlife habitat enhancement, farm management plans, soil and slope stability information, native plant products, manure exchange information, volunteer opportunities, stream restoration/enhancement assistance and many other natural resource topics.
Mark Sollitto has been strongly endorsed by fellow conservationist, King County Council Chair Dow Constantine. Dow has this to say about Mark:
Mark Sollitto has an excellent record of public service in our community and has long championed the conservation goals that I firmly believe in. While chairing the Snohomish Salmon Recovery Forum, Mark directed the development of a salmon recovery plan that has become a model for watersheds throughout Puget Sound.
King County Council Member Larry Phillips has also endorsed Mark:
My friend Mark Sollitto is running as a write-in candidate against an anti CAO, Cedar County property rights activist. Mark brings a proven record of over 30 years of consensus-based, conservation-minded results - he helped protect the 90,000 acre Snoqualmie Forest, Preston Mill, Rock Creek, East Sammamish Trail, Meadowbrook Farm and Cougar Mountain.
Due to a technical error, Mark is running as a write-in candidate, so jot down his name for future reference.

Registered voters who reside in King County are eligible to vote with the exception of a few cities not falling within the district’s boundaries: Federal Way, Enumclaw, Skykomish, Milton and Pacific.

In a little-publicized election like this one, a write-in candidate has a good chance of winning if his supporters turn out.

In the 2008 election for this position, only a hundred and ninety six people voted, which means a few people controlled the outcome of that race.

Let’s make sure a true conservationist wins this post this year.

Polling locations include:
  • Auburn: King County Library/Muckleshoot Branch - 39917 Auburn Enumclaw Road S.E., Auburn WA 98092 (Poll hours 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM)
  • Bellevue: King County Library/Bellevue Regional Branch - 1111 110th Avenue NE, Bellevue WA 98004 (Poll hours 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM)
  • Carnation: King County Library/Carnation Branch - 4804 Tolt Avenue, Carnation WA 98014 (Poll hours 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM_
  • Covington: King County Library/Covington Branch - 27100 164th Ave. S.E., Covington WA 98042 (Poll hours 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM)
  • Des Moines: King County Library/Des Moines Branch - 21620 11th Avenue S., Des Moines WA 98198 (Poll hours 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM)
  • Enumclaw: Enumclaw Public Library - 1700 First Street, Enumclaw WA 98022 (Poll hours 10:30 AM to 9:00 PM)
  • Issaquah: King County Library/Issaquah Branch - 10 W. Sunset Way, Issaquah WA 98027 (Poll hours 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM)
  • North Bend: King County Library/North Bend Branch - 115 E. 4th, North Bend WA 98045 (Poll hours 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM)
  • Redmond: King County Library/Redmond Regional Branch - 15990 N.E. 85th, Redmond WA (Poll hours 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM)
  • Renton: Renton Community Center - 1715 Maple valley Hwy., Renton WA 98057 (Poll hours 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM)
  • Seattle: Seattle Public Library (Downtown Main Branch) - 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle WA 98104v (Poll hours 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM)
  • Shoreline: King County Library/Shoreline Branch - 345 NE 175th, Shoreline WA 98155 (Poll hours 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM)
  • Vashon: King County Library/Vashon Branch - 17210 Vashon Hwy. S.W., Vashon Island WA (Poll hours 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM)
You've got until nine o'clock tonight to vote at most locations.


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