EVERETT — The Everett City Council has decided to pursue a ballot measure for the creation of geographic council districts.
The resolution passed Jan. 31. The vote was 5-2, with councilwomen Judy Tuohy and Brenda Stonecipher opposing.
Everett’s districting conversation continues to be a source of tension.
A local group called Everett Districts Now plans to keep collecting signatures to get its own measure on the November ballot. The group says the dueling measures will confuse voters. Tuohy and Stonecipher shared similar concerns.
The council’s proposal says it could make four or five of the seven council seats to be chosen by district. Each district’s seat would be directly elected by people within its boundaries.
Councilman Jeff Moore said he wanted to “consider companion options so that we do give the people a choice.”
The Everett Districts Now group and its supporters say five districts is the minimum they’ll accept.
Public hearings on the council’s proposal are expected in the weeks ahead.