Elections & Appointments
Each Conservation District in Washington is governed by a board of five members, referred to as “supervisors.” Three supervisors are elected locally by the public. Two are appointed by the Washington State Conservation Commission. At least two of the elected and one of the appointed supervisors must be local landowners or operators of a farm per RCW 89.08. The term of office is three years. Supervisors serve without compensation — they are volunteers.
All Conservation District elections occur in the first quarter of the calendar year (January-March). The KCCD election is traditionally held the second Tuesday in February. There is one elected position expiring in 2021 on the KCCD Board and an election will be scheduled for 2021. Applications for appointed positions are submitted to the Washington State Conservation Commission and are due March 31. In 2021, there are no expiring appointed positions at the KCCD.
The published election guidelines can be viewed at the District office and are available from the Washington State Conservation Commission at https://scc.wa.gov/elections-and-appointments/.
Tentative* Dates for
2021 KCCD Election
December 10, 2020
Adopt Election Resolution establishing election date and procedures
January 12, 2021
Deadline for interested individuals to complete and submit candidate information form
January 19, 2021
Deadline to request absentee (mail-in) ballots
February 9, 2021
*Contingent on KCCD Board approval
at the December 10 Meeting
Who Can Serve on the Board?
A candidate for election to the KCCD Board of Supervisors must be a registered voter who resides within the KCCD boundaries (unincorporated areas of the County and the cities of Cle Elum and Roslyn) at the time of filing. The candidate may also need to be a landowner or operator of a farm in order to maintain the required two on the Board of Supervisors per RCW 89.08.160. Learn more about Conservation District Supervisor Responsibilities here.
Who Can Vote in the Election?
All registered voters in Kittitas County who reside within the KCCD boundaries are eligible to cast ballots in the election. The area served by the KCCD includes all unincorporated lands of the County, as well as the cities of Cle Elum and Roslyn. Eligible voters are encouraged to request a mail-in ballot for the 2021 election at their earliest convenience. Anyone needing accommodations to vote may call the election supervisor at 925-3352 ext. 207.
The Washington State Conservation Commission has adopted election rules in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) Chapter 135-110. To assist conservation districts and the public with the election of conservation district board members, the Conservation Commission established a rule, a manual, and standard forms for conservation districts to use in their elections.
The Commission publishes a guide for candidates for election and for appointments: