Serving on the City Council
Snoqualmie is represented by a seven-member City Council and Mayor serving as chairperson. Each Councilmember is elected from one of seven at-large positions rather than specific districts. In the case of a mid-term vacancy, Snoqualmie residents may apply and a Councilmember will be appointed for the remainder of that term.
City Councilmembers have many duties as public servants.
- Attend City Council meetings twice each month, at times more often.
- Research agenda topics thoroughly and consider the voices of the community.
- Serve as a chair or member of one or more City Council Committees: Community Development, Finance & Administration, Parks & Public Works, or Public Safety.
- Serve as a City Council liaison to one of the City Commissions: Arts Commission, Economic Development Commission, Parks & Events Commission, Planning Commission, Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, or Human Services Advisory Committee.
- Serve as a liaison to community organizations.
Who is eligible to serve as a Councilmember?
A candidate for City Council must be a:
- Resident of Snoqualmie for at least one year
- Registered voter in Snoqualmie (to register to vote, you must be a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of Washington State, and at least 18 years old by Election Day)
What are the primary election requirements?
To become a candidate, you must complete and file a Declaration of Candidacy and, at the time of filing, possess the qualifications specified by law required for the office and be properly registered to vote in the district represented by the office. The general election is in November but the Primary Election Day is in August. If no more than two people file for a position, there is no primary election for that position. For more information, please see the King County Elections Manual - Filing to be a Candidate.
What are the November election procedures?
Councilmembers are elected by registered voters of the City. Newly elected Councilmembers take office at the first Council meeting of the next year (following certification of election results by the King County Elections Officer).
How long is a Councilmember’s term?
Councilmembers are elected to a term of four years.
Information & Additional Resources:
- Running for Office - King County Elections
- So you want to be an elected official pamphlet - Association of Washington Cities (AWC)
- Getting Into Office - Municipal Research & Services Center (MRSC)
- Filing for Office - King County 2022 Candidate Manual
- Public Disclosure Commission - PDC Personal Financial Affair Statement
- City Council Rules of Procedure - Adopted 2020