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Run for a Seat on the Board of Commissioners

Open Seat in the 2023 Election  

Position #5 of the TPMPD Board of Commissioners is coming up in the general election held in November 2023.  The position descriptions, including requirements and duties, is provided below, and additional information can be found here.

To become a candidate, one must complete and file a Declaration of Candidacy, meet the qualifications for the office at the time of filing, and be registered to vote in the Tukwila election district.  

Candidate resources may be found on the King County Elections website.

The window to submit a Declaration of Candidacy:

  • In-person: May 15, 8:30 am – May 19, 4:30 pm
  • Online (recommended): May 15, 9:00 am – May 19, 4:00 pm

Info for filing online can be found here.

All eligible members of the Tukwila community are encouraged to apply.

Currently, the five independently elected commissioners are:

Additional Information:

Candidate Filing Manual:

Contact King County Elections for complete rules and requirements:

919 SW Grady Way – Renton, WA 98057, phone: (206) 296-1565, fax: (206) 296-0108, email:,




Position Description

Term of Office: 6-Years

Purpose: As stewards of the tax district, Tukwila Pool MPD Commissioners serve at-large, representing all members of the Tukwila community in legislative and executive decision-making about District budgeting, policy and planning.

Compensation: The TPMPD compensates Commissioners at a rate of $128 for each of the monthly Board Meetings (12 per year) plus the annual retreat.  Special meetings may be compensated with Board approval in advance.

Requirements:  To become a candidate, you must complete and file a Declaration of Candidacy.  You can also declare online by going to:

You must be a registered voter in King County and a current resident of Tukwila.

Duties: All duties of the Board are performed as a whole and acting as representatives of the Tukwila community.  As such, the Board of Commissioners of the Tukwila Pool Metropolitan Park District:

  • Develops the long-term goals for the Tukwila Pool.
  • Appropriates funds as needed to operate the pool and to meet the long term goals.
  • Creates policy for the District and provides policy direction for the staff.
  • Hires, evaluates and oversees the Director of Aquatic Operations and District Administrator positions.

To accomplish this, a commissioner must:

  • Review, study, discuss and decide on policy and fiscal questions.
  • Interact with members of the community during public meetings and one-on-one.
  • Be proficient in a variety of communication methods, including email, telephone and written.

Commissioners should have the ability to:

  • Learn and use Robert’s Rules of Order.
  • Follow the laws that regulate park districts (Some of this information can be found by reviewing RCW 35.61- Metropolitan Park Districts).
  • Research, listen to, analyze and evaluate information and perspectives on a variety of topics.
  • Work in collaboration with a diverse community, incorporating a wide range of beliefs, backgrounds and ethnicities.
  • Act at all times in what they consider to be the best interest of the community as a whole and with the understanding that your words and actions will be perceived as representative of the TPMPD.

Time Commitment: All Commissioners attend Regular Board meetings on the second Monday of each month beginning at 6:00 PM and lasting between 2 and 3 hours. Preparation for Board meetings involves independent study of agenda materials. Special meetings such as work sessions or ad-hoc committees are scheduled throughout the year and a one-day retreat is held annually.

Please Note: Persons elected or appointed to fill out the term of a vacant elective office must file a financial affairs statement with the Public Disclosure Commission detailing certain financial information about themselves, their spouse and any dependent children which then becomes public information for anyone to access. More information can be obtained from the Public Disclosure Commission, P.O. Box 40908, Olympia, WA 98504-0908 or by calling 1-877-601-2828. This is a State requirement of all elected officials.