On May 29, Mayor Franklin and the City Council selected the first eight members of the district commission. The commission then selected a 9th member to complete the group.
- Mary Fosse
- Chris Geray
- James Langus
- Ethel McNeal
- John Monroe
- Kari Quaas
- Simone Tarver
- Benjamin Young
- Julius Wilson
The nine members have approved a Districting Master to assist them in the development of a district plan and map that will move the City of Everett to move from a majority "at large" council to electoral districts and two at large councilmembers.
What are districts?
While many cities in Washington elect all of their councilmembers at-large, others have chosen to establish wards or districts, in which some or all of the councilmembers are elected by and represent specific geographic areas of the city.
City Council districts was approved by Everett voters in Nov. 2018. Voters selected a total of 5 districts and 2 at-large positions.
What happens next?
District Commission and map drawing: The Commission and Districting Master, Tony Fairfax, will develop a district plan and district map. The Commission will also engage the community and solicit feedback as they develop the draft plan. The draft district plan, including the map, will be shared with the public for comment with at least six meetings (one in each district area and one full community). These meetings will start no later than Sept. 2020.
The final district plan and map must be approved by the Commission no later than Nov. 1, 2020. City Council will then adopt the plan without modification.
Elections: Position 1-5 will eventually become the district positions, and positions 6 and 7 will become the at-large positions.
In 2019, there was an election for positions 4 and 5 (2-year, at-large terms) and for positions 6 and 7 (4-year, at-large terms).
2021 will be the first election by district. Candidates can run for 4-year terms in positions 1-5, representing the new districts. In 2023, there will be elections for positions 6 and 7 for 4-year, at-large terms.