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Thinking of Running for City Council in Burien?

Thinking of running for council in Burien?

If you are thinking about running for an elected office in Burien, make sure you check the legal requirements to see if you qualify to run. Most other cities have their own ordinances that their councils have approved and Burien used to have one also. However, about five years ago, Burien appears to have lost or misplaced the voting record of when the council first voted on its Eligibility to hold elective office ordinance of who could run for office in Burien,according to ex-city attorney, Lisa Marshall.

Based on the presumption that Burien had lost its council voting record data or the council failed to vote on what they had discussed related to eligibility to hold office, Burien now follows state law RCW 35A.12.030. Yes, we know that Burien is not a mayor council city but rather a council-manager city.-WA. State Law RCW Chapter 35A.13- see.council-manager plan of Government.

If you have any further questions about Eligibility to hold elected office in Burien, contact the Burien city attorney at: garmonn@burienwa.gov or 

  • E-mail: elections@kingcounty.gov
  • Main phone: 206-296-VOTE (8683), services available in 120 languages
  • Fax: 206-296-0108
  • TTY Relay: 711
  • Toll free: 800-325-6165 (for use outside the 206 area code)
Be sure to check your eligibility before attempting to file.

RCW 35A.12.030

Eligibility to hold elective office.

No person shall be eligible to hold elective office under the mayor-council plan unless the person is a registered voter of the city at the time of filing his or her declaration of candidacy and has been a resident of the city for a period of at least one year next preceding his or her election. Residence and voting within the limits of any territory which has been included in, annexed to, or consolidated with such city is construed to have been residence within the city. A mayor or councilmember shall hold within the city government no other public office or employment except as permitted under the provisions of chapter 42.23 RCW.

[ 2009 c 549 § 3006; 1979 ex.s. c 18 § 20; 1967 ex.s. c 119 § 35A.12.030.]


Severability—1979 ex.s. c 18: See note following RCW 35A.01.070.

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