Transition to City Council Update

At the Monday, December 11th city commission meeting, commissioners approved the final two pieces of legislation required to hold a special election to fill the four new council seats on the recently passed seven-member council. The two ordinances, which address council member salaries and establish a new city council meeting structure, are the last in a series of required legislative actions that clarify the terms of holding a seat on the new city council.

City of Shelton Resolution No. 1113-1217 was passed by the city commission on December 4th, and accepted by the Mason County Auditor’s office prior to the December 15th deadline. The resolution calls for a special election and establishes various procedural matters during the transition from the current three-member commission to a seven-member council.

The following is a list of important dates and information related to running for one of the four new council seats:

• Candidate Filing Period – Monday, December 18, 2017 – Wednesday, December 20, 2017. There will be no withdrawals during the candidate filing period for the special election. Once a candidate has submitted a filing, it cannot be revoked or removed.

• Special Election Timeline – If three or more candidates file for any one seat, a primary election will be held on February 13, 2018. The top two vote-getters in the primary election will advance to the general election held on April 24, 2018. If only one or two candidates file for any one seat, they will skip the primary election and advance directly to the general election.

• At-Large City Council Positions – Council members will be elected at-large. However, candidates must file for a specific council seat. (e.g., Seat 4, Seat 5, Seat 6, Seat 7.)

• Eligibility – Pursuant to RCW 35A.13.020 and RCW 35A.12.030, a person must be a registered voter of the city at the time of his or her declaration of candidacy, and must have been a resident of the city for a period of at least one year prior to the election.

• Councilmember Salary – The base salary shall be fixed at $500.00 per month, with no per diem provision.

• Assumption of Office and Terms – In order to maintain the required two year offset in councilmember election cycles, the term for the three candidates that receive the highest vote totals in the general special election will end in 2021. The term for the candidate that receives the lowest vote total will end in 2019. In every election cycle thereafter, candidates will be elected to serve the standard four year term.

• City Council Meeting Structure – City council meetings will be held on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM.

• Current Commissioners – The three sitting commissioners will keep their seats and serve the remainder of their current term as councilmembers. Once the four new council seats have been filled, the council will appoint a member of the council to serve as mayor for a two year term. Thereafter, the council will either continue to appoint a member of the council to serve as mayor every two years, or pass an ordinance establishing Council Seat 1 as the mayoral seat on the council, directly elected by the citizens of Shelton.

For more information on the upcoming special election for Shelton City Council, please contact the Mason County Elections Department:

Mason County Elections Department
411 N Fifth Street
Shelton, WA 98584
360-427-9670 ext. 470