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EVERETT, WA – Community members interested in helping Everett transition to district elections for City Council can apply to serve on the City’s District Commission.
Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, April 30, and are available now on the City’s website: www.everettwa.gov/districting. Mayor Cassie Franklin and the City Council will each nominate one person to serve on the commission. The eight appointed individuals will then select the ninth member of the group.
“We are looking for residents from throughout Everett to lend their expertise and their passion for our city to this important process,” said Franklin. “My team and I will support the commission as they gather input from the community about these significant changes to our government.”
The commission is expected to begin meeting this fall, and meetings will continue through fall 2020. Working with a hired “district master,” the commission will develop a district plan, including a map of the district boundaries, and will engage the community and solicit public comments on the draft plan. The final plan will be adopted by the City Council in late 2020; the first elections by district will take place in 2021.
“This is a great opportunity to be a part of a major change in the way our city is governed,” said Council President Scott Bader. “Even if you don’t serve on the commission, I encourage our community members to stay involved and watch for opportunities to provide feedback on the draft plan and map.”
Commissioners must be Everett residents and can't be a City employee, a candidate for elected office or a current elected official (except precinct officer). Learn more about districting and fill out the application at www.everettwa.gov/districting.