In June, I will complete the maximum consecutive number of terms (2) on the Martin Luther King, Jr. County Civil Rights Commission ( ) as the representative for District 5, Councilmember Julia Patterson’s district. In addition, the District 4 seat will be vacant (Councilmember Phillips). To see, which district you or someone you know, please visit

Due to Commission turnover, the Commission will be low in representation of women overall. The Commission will also lack Native American, Latino, and Pacific Islander, and Asian representation.

Would you or someone you know be interested in applying for nomination to the KC Civil Rights Commission. Please see and share info below.

The King County Civil Rights Commission is looking for individuals interested in public service and raising community awareness and involvement in civil rights issues. Residents living in District 5 (including SeaTac, Kent, Des Moines, Renton, Tukwila, West Hill and Skyway) and District 4 (Belltown, the Denny Triangle, South Lake Union, Eastlake, Uptown, Queen Anne, Interbay, Magnolia, Ballard, Crown Hill, and the western portions of Fremont, Phinney Ridge, Greenwood, Broadview, First Hill and Capitol Hill) are specifically needed at this time.

Commissioners serve three-year terms and focus on issues related to the County’s affirmative action policies, non-discrimination enforcement, and minority/women business utilization programs. In addition, the Commission is working to educate the community about the county’s new Equity and Social Justice Ordinance.

If you are interested please, contact your District Council Member or KC Civil Rights Commission staff, Paula Harris-White at (206) 296-8610 or email

Thank you,
Melissa Ponder