Conservation district voters elect new board member

April 2, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

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King Conservation District voters elected Renton resident Max Prinsen, a conservation district associate supervisor and the president of a wetland-conservation group, to the district board last month.Prinsen pulled ahead of four other candidates to win a three-year term on the five-member board. Prinsen received about 42 percent of the vote in the March 16 election.

The district promotes sustainable use of natural resources, and provides information and voluntary technical-assistance programs to landowners. The all-volunteer governing board includes three members elected by district residents and two members appointed by the state Conservation Commission.

Overall, 4,232 people headed to polling sites at King County libraries to cast ballots in the race. The total outpaced the turnout for the 2009 election, when 2,757 people cast ballots.

“The higher level of activity at the polls this year can be attributed to increased interest in the King CD, including our voluntary conservation and stewardship efforts with private landowners, and enthusiastic campaign efforts by candidates,” board Chairman Bill Knutsen said in a news release.

The district worked with Bellevue elections administrator Election Trust to operate polling locations. State conservation commissioners will certify the election results in May. Prinsen will be sworn into office in June.

The board ensures the district meets legal and public trust obligations. Members oversee the district budget and staffers.

Supervisors also identify critical conservation needs in the district, communicate with landowners and seek feedback about conservation programs from district residents.

In addition to Newcastle, the district includes all of King County except for Enumclaw, Federal Way, Milton, Pacific and Skykomish.

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