Registered Thurston County voters who live within the boundaries of the Thurston Conservation District are encouraged to participate in this year’s board of supervisors election on Tuesday, Jan. 14. 

David Iyall, Position 3 board member and the board’s auditor, is looking to be elected to his seat after being chosen to fill a midterm vacancy last April. He is currently running unopposed for the position. 

Iyall is also a member of the Nisqually Tribe and is the Tribal Council’s treasurer. 

“As a member of the Nisqually Tribe one of my top priorities is the preservation of our land including our water quality and bringing our salmon population back into abundance,” Iyall wrote in a candidate biography. “I find the work with the District to be very rewarding as they do their part to protect the environment.” 

Nora White, education and outreach, said the Conservation District will contract individuals to administer the election. In the past, the Thurston County Auditor’s Office was the primary contract to facilitate the election. White said. 

The election will be certified by the Washington State Conservation Commission. 

The District’s board of supervisors is a five-member board made up of three publicly elected seats and two seats appointed by the state Conservation Commission. The board generally holds monthly meetings on the fourth Thursday of every month. 

Board members do not receive compensation for their service. 

A physical polling station will be staffed 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 14 at the District’s offices in Tumwater. Absentee ballots can be requested in-person up until Jan. 13 at the District’s office. 

Most cities have been excluded from the Conservation District’s boundaries, but some parts of Yelm, Rainier and Tenino are within the boundary. A copy of the District’s map detailing the boundaries and exempted areas can be found here: https://www.thurstoncd.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Thurston-Conservation-District-Boundaries-Exemption-Areas-Option-1.pdf

More information on the election can be found at www.thurstoncd.com

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