City schedules public meetings on Everett districting

Four gatherings are planned as the City Council explores a potential ballot measure for November.

EVERETT – The city is planning four meetings — two in the north end, two in the south — to help people better understand discussions about electing City Council members by districts.

All members of the Everett City Council are now elected at large. The council is exploring ideas that could lead to members being elected from geographic areas.

This month’s meetings come as the group Everett Districts Now has been circulating a petition that would give voters a chance in November to decide whether to make the majority of City Council seats directly elected from geographic districts.

An earlier version of the petition failed to gather enough signatures for the 2017 election, and a majority of the City Council declined to place it on the ballot.

The petition calls for five of the seven council seats to have districts.

The city now is considering offering up its own districting measure to voters.

The city’s meetings are designed to share information about Everett’s demographic makeup and the laws related to districting and elections. People who attend will be encouraged to participate.

The meetings are:

• 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 17, Everett School District headquarters, 3900 Broadway.

• 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 19, Evergreen Middle School cafeteria, 7621 Beverly Lane.

• 3 to 4:30 p.m. April 25, Everett Housing Authority Bakerview Apartments meeting room, 2605 15th St.

• 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 30, Evergreen Middle School cafeteria, 7621 Beverly Lane.

The city also has established a web page with more information: www.everettwa.gov/districting.

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