Each Conservation District in Washington is governed by a board of five members, referred to as “supervisors.” Three supervisors are elected locally by registered voters residing in the district boundaries. 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 scheduled for March 7, 2023 as established by Resolution 2023-001. The election is all mail-in. Ballots may be requested (see link on the top right of this page) by February 14 to be mailed to you. You may may also pick up a ballot in person beginning February 15 through election day, 4:30 PM on March 7. Ballots must be returned in person to the ballot box at the KCCD office by 4:30 PM on March 7 or postmarked no later than March 7 to be counted.
There is one appointed position expiring in 2023 on the KCCD Board. Applications for appointed positions are submitted directly to the Washington State Conservation Commission and are due March 31, 2023. The application instructions for appointed positions are here.
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/.
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 2023 election at their earliest convenience. Anyone needing accommodations to vote may call the election supervisor (Anna Lael, District Manager) at 925-3352 ext. 7. More information about voting in local conservation district elections is available here
To Be Determined.
2023 KCCD Election
February 7, 2023
Candidate information forms due to KCCD office by 4:30 PM for Elected Position
February 14, 2023
Requests for ballots to be mailed out due to KCCD (see link above or call 925-3352 ext 1)
February 15- March 7, 2023
Ballots may be picked up in person at the KCCD office (2211 W Dolarway Road)
March 7, 2023
Election Day. All ballots must be either received in person at the KCCD office by 4:30 or postmarked today to be counted.
March 8, 2023
Initial ballot count at Kittitas County Auditor's Office
March 31, 2023
Appointed position applications due to Washington State Conservation Commission
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: