If you’re voting or running, get ready for Everett’s districts

If you live within the city of Everett, you will be electing a city council member this year from the same geographic district in which you live. Five districts were established by a districting commission which finalized the boundaries in October. Now, for the first time, voters will elect a councilmember who lives near them and who is elected only by the voters who live in the same district. All five of the districts will choose their representatives in 2021. The two councilmembers elected at-large will be up for election in 2023. You can find what district you live in at www.bit.ly/3qRIPle by typing your address in the address bar.

The residency requirement for a district seat on the City Council is to be a registered voter, live in the city for at least one year prior to the General Election and live in the district at least six months prior to the Primary Election. If you are interested in seeking this office, now is the time to contact the Elections and Voter Registration Office to find out what is required to get your name on the ballot. Candidate filing week is May 17-21; the primary election is on Aug. 3. The following link will get you started: www.bit.ly/3sTfE2R.

Everett Districts Now, a grass-roots citizen coalition, has worked since 2016 to bring more representative government to Everett. The voters decided in 2018 to elect five council members from geographic districts. Now, in 2021, the voters will decide who these district council members will be. Now is the time to step forward to run yourself or to persuade a leader who lives near you to get on the ballot.

Local engagement builds represententative government.

Lois Wentink

Everett Districts Now Ad Hoc Committee

Everett

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