Kirkland accepting applications for Houghton council vacancy

The open position was created by the resignation of (now) City Councilmember Kelli Curtis.

Houghton residents interested in serving on the Houghton Community Council have until 4 p.m. on March 14 to apply to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of (now) City Councilmember Kelli Curtis.

Applications will be available on the city of Kirkland website at To be considered for appointment, applicants must have resided within the territorial boundaries of the former town of Houghton as of the date of its consolidation with the city of Kirkland (August 1968) for at least one year as of Nov. 5 this year and be registered to vote. The individual who is selected will serve on the council through the certification of the November 2021 general election. Any individual appointed may also file to retain the seat in that election.

Interviews will be conducted at a special meeting prior to the regular Houghton Community Council meeting on March 25 and the candidate selected will be seated at the council’s April meeting.

The Houghton Community Council is the elected council for the Houghton Community Municipal Corporation, which was created pursuant to the provisions of chapter 35.14 RCW. Information about the council’s jurisdiction, powers and authority can be found in Kirkland municipal code (KMC), chapter 2.12.

Questions about process or the requirements of serving on the council can be directed to Kathi Anderson, Kirkland city clerk, at or 425-587-3197. Questions and information regarding serving as a Houghton Community councilmember may be directed to council chair Rick Whitney at 425-829-2680.