Sign petition to put council districts on Everett ballot

After considerable study and discussion, the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County adopted a position in support of bringing more representative government to the city of Everett. We believe that democracy is best served by having a City Council that represents all areas of the city. What better way to bring this about than to divide the city into geographic districts. Then the citizens of that district would elect a representative who knows them, and knows their needs and concerns.

Because of our belief that City Council representation will be increased by going to a districting system of electing council members, the league has joined with other like-minded citizens and groups to form a grass-roots coalition called Everett Districts Now. The League of Women Voters of Snohomish County fully supports the initiative drive of this group to divide the city into five geographic districts while maintaining two at-large positions. We believe that this mixed-representation model has the potential for bringing to Everett’s government the diversity that it now lacks while keeping the needs of the city as a whole in focus.

The deadline for getting the needed signatures to put this districting initiative on the November ballot is approaching. If you haven’t already signed the petition that will let the people decide this important issue, you can sign it at Zippy’s, at the corner of 15th Street and Rucker Avenue in northwest Everett, or look for an Everett Districts Now table as you enter the Everett Farmers Market on Sundays and sign it there.

Do your part to bring more representative government to our city.

Lois Wentink

League of Women Voters of Snohomish County Districting Committee

Everett

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