Constituency Elections - Every Vote Counts!
The Pike Place Market Constituency continues to be the best way for members of the Market community and the public to hold Market management accountable and to advocate on behalf of the craftspeople, farmers, merchants, residents, buskers and the most marginalized groups at the Market. The Constituency is a public advisory group to the PDA. Of the PDA Council's twelve members, four are elected by the Constituency, four are appointed by the mayor, and four are appointed by the PDA Council.
CONSTITUENCY ANNUAL ELECTION
The annual Constituency election is held every year in July at the Market. On election day, all Constituency members must show a government-issued photo I.D. The Constituency Bylaws require membership in our organization for thirty days to be eligible to vote in Constituency elections and for an entire year to be eligible to stand for election to the positions of Constituency chair, vice-chair and PDA Council representative.
The 2023 elections will be held on Tuesday, July 18 (6 to 8pm) and July 21 (9am to 5pm). In-person voting will be held at the bottom of Flower Row. Email voting is also available if your email is registered with the Constituency. The ballot will include the people listed below. You are also welcome to write in a candidate not listed on the ballot. (Most candidates answered the Constituency's questionnaire. You can download those questionnaires from candidates whose names are underlined).
Secretary-treasurer: Bruce Rutledge
PDA Council Representative: Gina Karaba Write-in candidate: Kim Ramirez
CONSTITUENCY BYLAWS - ELECTIONS
Election of Constituency officers shall be held annually at the July General Membership Meeting of the Constituency. The Chair and Vice-Chair shall be elected in even-numbered years. The Secretary-Treasurer shall be elected in odd-numbered years. Two Officers-at-large shall be elected each year, in accordance with Article IV Section 9.
One Constituency Representative to the PDA Council shall be elected annually at the July General Membership Meeting of the Constituency, or per the PDA Rules and Regulations.
In addition to the nominees from the Nominating Committee, candidates may be nominated by petition submitted to the Nominating Committee, may be nominated from the floor, and write-in candidates will be allowed.
The duties of the Nominating Committee shall be as follows:
a. To consider the needs of the Market community as a whole in seeking candidates.
b. To prepare a candidates packet which shall include appropriate references to the candidates’ responsibilities to the Constituency as well as the major concerns of the Market community.
c. To report nominations to the general membership.
Section 5. Nomination by petition
To be nominated by petition, potential candidates must present to the Nominating Committee, at least seven days in advance of the election, a petition in support of their nomination signed by at least twenty members in good standing of the Constituency. The Election Officer, as defined in Section 6, will determine the validity of the names on the petition, and in advance of the election meeting, shall notify the potential candidates if they are eligible and will have their names on the ballot.
Section 6. Election administration
Responsibility for conducting elections and monitoring Constituency membership records shall rest with an Election Officer consisting of the Vice-Chair in odd-numbered years and the Secretary-Treasurer in even-number years, together with one or more other Constituency members chosen by that officer with the concurrence of the Executive Committee. All methods of voting shall be permitted consistent with the PDA Charter, the PDA Rules and Regulations, and Constituency election procedures adopted by the general membership.
Section 7. Election procedures
The Election Officer responsible for conducting an election shall present election procedures for approval by the Constituency membership at a General Membership Meeting, prior to the election meeting. The election procedures shall include but not be limited to the following:
a. Provision of an accurate membership roster.
b. Validation of signatures on petitions from candidates wishing to be nominated by petition.
c. Guidelines for electioneering practices.
d. The type of disclosure information, as defined by law, required of the candidates.
e. Methods of voting in any given election.
f. Provision to the membership of clear election instructions.
g. Selection of an election monitor responsible for the vote count.
An election shall be deemed complete upon completion of the vote count, the results of which shall be reported by the Election Officer. Electees shall take office upon completion of the election. Constituency PDA Representatives shall take office subject to PDA and City of Seattle procedures.
The role of the PDA in Constituency elections:
a. No officer, official, employee or volunteer of the PDA may use, or authorize the use of any facilities of the PDA, directly or indirectly, for the purpose of assisting a campaign for election or appointment of any person to the Constituency or the PDA Council. Facilities of the PDA include, but are not limited to, the use of supplies, postage and equipment, the use of employees of the PDA during working hours, and the use of vehicles and office space.
b. Publications of the PDA, clientele and/or organizations served by the PDA, shall be available equally, at cost, to all candidates. The officers, officials, employees, and volunteers of the PDA may respond to requests from the candidates for information relevant to the election process.
c. Officers, officials, employees, and volunteers of the PDA shall conduct themselves during the election campaigns in accordance with Section 3.110.560 (“Prohibited Conduct”) of the Municipal Code of the City of Seattle Public Corporations Ordinance, specifically, “no current corporate official or employee shall…engage in any transaction or activity which is, or would to a reasonable person appear to be, in conflict with or incompatible with the proper discharge of official duties…etc.”
d. No provision of this section shall be interpreted to restrict, proscribe, or preclude the free expression of opinion by any officer, official, employee or volunteer of the PDA, regarding any Constituency election.
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