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Charter Amendment No. 2
Gender-Neutral Language

Shall the King County Charter be amended to make its language gender-neutral?



As provided in King County Ordinance No. 18316, if this proposed charter amendment is approved, numerous sections of the charter would be amended to make the language gender-neutral.

For questions about this measure, contact: Nick Wagner, Principal Legislative Analyst, 206-477-0894,

Bring King County’s Charter into the 21st Century, Vote Yes on King County Charter Amendment No. 2. Small changes to our Charter will go a long way in updating it—making it more inclusive, clear and consistent.

What’s wrong with it? The current Charter reads like it is stuck in the 1950s, using masculine references like “chairman” and “councilmen” instead of simply “chair” or “councilmember.” It also uses “his” in some places and “his or her” in others, leaving it inconsistent and unclear. That is why the King County Council voted unanimously for the proposed changes.

Why change it? Charter Amendment No. 2 makes our Charter more inclusive, ensuring our governing document represents everyone. We are all equal under the law and our language should reflect that.

Charter Amendment No. 2 also makes our Charter clearer and more consistent. It provides simple fixes that drop ambiguous pronouns and clarify sentences. Amendment No. 2 also removes the varying use of “his” and “his or her” in different places, making for a more sensible document.

These simple, yet long overdue changes will ensure our Charter reflects our values.

Submitted by: Bobbe Bridge, Rob McKenna, Estela Ortega,

No statement submitted.

Statements in favor of and in opposition to a ballot measure are submitted by committees appointed by the jurisdiction. No persons came forward to serve on the committee and to write a statement in opposition. If you would like to be involved with a committee in the future please contact the jurisdiction.

Simple majority (King County Charter, Section 800)

For questions about this measure, contact: Nick Wagner, Principal Legislative Analyst, 206-477-0894,

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