Board of Supervisors Position 1 Candidate Statements

2024 Board of Supervisors Candidates

The following individuals are running for Position #1 (alphabetical by last name):

King Conservation District is holding an election for Seat #1 on the Board of Supervisors. Voting begins January 23, 2024 at 8:00 am and ends February 13, 2024 at 8:00 pm. King Conservation District includes all registered voters in King County (excluding the cities of Enumclaw, Federal Way, Milton, Pacific, and Skykomish that do not participate in the district). Please visit kingcd.org/elections for details.

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Brittney Bush Bollay

Brittney Bush Bollayelectbrittneybollay.com

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Occupation: Vice Chair, King Conservation District Board of Supervisors

Statement: It has been my honor to serve on the King Conservation District Board of Supervisors for the past three years, and I am eager to continue working for my neighbors in King County. During my first term I have insisted on responsible spending of public money, increased transparency, and prioritized equity. I’ve lobbied the state legislature to commit to accessibility and democracy by putting our elections on the regular ballot. I’ve written and passed good governance rules that clarify the Board’s responsibilities and supported a strategic planning process that explicitly centers environmental justice. Thanks to this work, I’ve been honored to be chosen unanimously by my colleagues to serve as Board Vice Chair.

King Conservation District champions the efforts of our environmentally-focused neighbors and provides them with technical and financial assistance for conservation projects, working with them as peers instead of top-down legislators. I’m excited to spend three more years supporting local agriculture, clean waterways, abundant forests, and healthy salmon. I’ll safeguard our budget, strengthen our work by growing partnerships with other government organizations, make our elections more open, accessible, and predictable, and approve a new, fair contract with our unionized staff.

During the past three years the Conservation District has entered a period of unprecedented stability and success, and I pledge that we will only grow from here. Thank you for the honor of serving another term.


 

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Aaron Ellig

Aaron Elligaaronellig@gmail.com

Education: MS and BS in Environmental Science

Occupation: Biologist, Sound Transit

Statement: I am running for the King Conservation District Board of Supervisors position because I believe in the importance of environmental stewardship and conservation of natural resources. I am committed to promoting sustainable practices that help local communities by ensuring fair and equitable access to natural resources and local programs. By engaging the public and restoring degraded habitat, we can help support conservation district core values of providing local food, clean water, healthy forests, better soils, and accessible open spaces.

If elected, I will help build stronger community partnerships that are forward thinking for current and future generations. As a biologist that has worked in the private and public sectors, I have demonstrated experience conveying information around natural resources in ways that are engaging and effective. I work closely with cities, companies, communities, and volunteer groups to support healthy and functional ecosystems that maximize public benefit.

With your vote, I will build on the success of King Conservation District by promoting the sustainable use of natural resources across the region.


 

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Erik Goheen

Erik GoheenErik@sammamishfarms.com
425-773-0470
Goheen2kcd.com

Education: B.A. Political Science, Western Washington University

Occupation: Farmer, owner/operator at Sammamish Farms

Statement: From the crest of the Cascades to the shores of Puget Sound, our soil and water resources are finite but also immense. We must act now for a resilient food system, forestry and healthy watersheds. I am running for this position to bring my experience in habitat restoration and local agriculture to guide the policy our district needs for a sustainable and regenerative future. The science is good. There are jobs to be had in Earth repair, yet too many of our KCD dollars are being used on programs that do not amplify the efforts of our cities and county to build regional resilience. Throughout my career I have been actively involved in the work protecting our natural resources and improving native ecosystems, including establishing a successional backyard habitat with KCD plants. I have worked in several roles to affect policy improving Washington farmer’s viability and prioritizing clean water in our rivers, lakes, and Sound. Our beaches should be swimmable in the summer and our farmers able to maintain open space and profitable operations. Sustainability is a local food supply including healthy fish populations in our rivers. As your KCD Supervisor I will work to keep King County’s countless champions of conservation empowered to work locally and assure the county of the Emerald City stays green. I would be honored to earn your vote.
Erik is a graduate of Western Washington University and Northshore schools. He operates a small farm in Redmond and has served on the Woodinville Farmer’s Market board since 2021.


 

King Conservation District is holding an election for Seat #1 on the Board of Supervisors. Voting begins January 23, 2024 at 8:00 am and ends February 13, 2024 at 8:00 pm. King Conservation District includes all registered voters in King County (excluding the cities of Enumclaw, Federal Way, Milton, Pacific, and Skykomish). Please visit kingcd.org/elections for details.

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