Burien’s Sally Nelson Appointed to King County Districting Committee
The King County Council announced Tuesday (Jan. 18th) that it had unanimously appointed four members to the King county Districting Committee, including former Burien City Councilmember and Mayor Sally Nelson.
The citizen committee is responsible for redrawing Council districts based on the 2010 Census data.
Nelson, long time civic activist and leader in South King County, is a former charter member of the Burien City Council, its first Deputy Mayor, as well as its Mayor for two years. Nelson has been active in a wide variety of organizations serving the region, the state and the nation. She retired as an elected official in 2009 after 16 years of public service.
“The Council worked together to find committee members who have a deep knowledge of our local communities, an understanding of the government and the political process, and an ability to work together on challenging issues,” said Larry Gossett, King County Chair.
King County Councilmember Julia Patterson commented that the members who have been appointed would “ensure that there is geographic equity, a sound understanding of the political process and a broad range of community and public service among members of the Districting Committee.”
The first meeting of the new Committee is scheduled before the end of the month. The King County Charter places the authority of adopting a final districting plan with the citizen Districting Committee, not the County Council. The Committee will hold public meetings to collect community input. All work by the Committee must be completed by January 15, 2012.