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Kirkland News Room

Houghton Community Council seeks volunteers for Pro/Con Ballot Statement Committees

Contact: Anja Mullin
Department:  Department of Finance and Administration
Phone:  (425) 587-3191

KIRKLAND, Wash. – As state law requires every four years, residents of the Houghton neighborhood must vote on whether the community council will continue to exist. The Houghton Community Council is recruiting interested residents to formulate the statements that will appear in the voters’ pamphlet “for” and “against” the ballot measure. One committee will prepare the statement in favor of, and one committee will prepare the statement against, the ballot measure which reads: “Shall the Houghton Community Municipal Corporation be continued in existence for another four years?” 

Interested residents should contact the Kirkland’s City Clerk’s Office at (425) 587-3190, or, for more information on the committees and how to apply.  Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. June 9, 2017. The Houghton Community Council will make the committee appointments at its June 26 meeting.

The committees, which will consist of no more than three members each, will be formed to prepare arguments which are limited to 200 words. The “Statement For” and the “Statement Against” (in addition to rebuttals of the opposing statements) will appear in the King County Local Voters’ Pamphlet for the November 7, 2017 General Election.  Arguments are required to be submitted to King County Elections no later than 4:30 p.m. August 8, 2017.

After the deadline to submit arguments prepared by the pro and con committees, King County Elections will email the opposing committee statement to the spokesperson identified on the committee appointment form. Each committee will then have the opportunity to write a rebuttal statement. Rebuttal statements must be submitted to King County Elections by 4:30 p.m. August 10, 2017.