Mark Sollitto
CANDIDATE
KING CONSERVATION DISTRICT
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
ELECTION MARCH 18th-29th

SUSTAINABLE RESULTS

Marks Background
I was born in Seattle and grew up on the Eastside.My family moved to Redmond in 1963 when it had 3,000 residents and one stop light that went to flashing red at 9PM.
Things have sure changed ! The Watson Blueberry farm is gone, now part of the Redmond City Hall Campus.

I graduated from Redmond High School, Gonzaga University with a Bachelors Degree and a Masters in Public Administration from Seattle University.

I am the proud father of two daughters and the grandfather of Parker and Tate. I try to spoil them whenever I can!
I retired from King County after 30 years of service in 2007. I was blessed to work in an area of personal passion-conservation.


I was elected to two terms on the North Bend City Council, a small rural town that had a unique set of challenges. Because of my service there, I understand the concerns of rural AND city residents.I learned to listen.

I represented the City of North Bend on several regional groups.As the Chair of the diverse 39 member Snohomish Salmon Recovery Forum, I invited farmers to the table, worked with 14 cities including Seattle and Everett,King and Snohomish Counties, the Master Builders Association, Boeing, the Tulalip Tribe, local outdoor enthusiasts, and the environmental community to craft an effective, balanced plan to recover Salmon in WRIA #7.
  This important work was built on best available science  including scientists from member agencies, the Tulalip Tribe, NOAA and the Forest Service. That work was translated, after much discussion and robust debate,  into a series of landscape recommended actions and policies. This work helped the Forum approve a largely consensus  based Salmon Recovery Plan that Bill Ruckelshaus proclaimed a "regional model" for all other Salmon Plans in the 13 other watersheds on Puget Sound.


                              CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL.
TRANSIT AND LIGHT RAIL REDUCE FOSSIL FUEL EMISSIONS WHICH ARE BURNING UP OUR ATMOSPHERE.THAT'S WHY I MOVED TO BEACON HILL. I WALK TO LIGHT RAIL AND METRO'S #36. THAT'S ALSO WHY KCD'S RESTORATION PROGRAMS ARE IMPORTANT.

Marks Record of Public Service:

  • 35 years experience in conservation, public finance and land use at King County
  • 1888-1989 -Speakers Bureau King County Open Space Bond Campaigns
  • 1999 to 2005-North Bend City Council member
  • 1999-American Planning Association National Conference in Seattle-Speaker-Transfer of Development Rights Program with Seattle
  • 2000-Vice Chair, Snoqualmie Valley Cities Association
  • 2001-Mayor Pro Tem-North Bend
  • 2002 American Planning Association National Conference in Chicago-Speaker-Transfer of Development Rights-Market Transactions Overview
  • 2003 Municipal Leader Certificate-Association of Washington Cities
  • 2002-2005 Chair 39 member Snohomish Basin Salmon Recovery Forum
  • 2001-2005 Chair Snoqualmie Watershed Forum
  • 2001-Certificate of Merit Mountains To Sound Greenway
  • 2005 Foothills Forest Award-Black Diamond Agreement Cascade Land Conservancy
  • 2006 Innovative Conservation Award-Girl Scout/Vulcan TDR Transaction Cascade Land Conservancy
  • 2005-Seventh Generation Legacy Stewardship Award from Salmon Homecoming Alliance
  • 2005 Tulalip Tribe Friendship Blanket-Terry and Darryl Williams
  • 2007 King County Green Globe Award-Leader in Open Space Conservation

MY PRIORITIES FOR KING CONSERVATION DISTRICT:
  • SUPPORT OUR FARMERS MARKETS AND FRESH BUCKS PROGRAM
  • EXPAND THE FARM DRAINAGE PROGRAM
  • PROTECT OUR FARMS, FORESTS, STREAMS AND RIVERS
  • STRENGTHEN URBAN FOOD SYSTEMS
  • GROW NEW FARMERS. OUR FARMERS AVERAGE AGE IS 58 (USDA). CONNECTING PEOPLE TO FARMS MAXIMIZES LAND PRODUCTIVITY AND INSURES LOCAL SOURCES OF FRESH FOOD AND FIBER.

FRESH STRAWBERRIES
FROM THE HARVOLD FARM IN CARNATION


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