5252 Staff Participation in Political Activities

  • The board recognizes the right of its employees, as citizens, to engage in political activities. A staff member may seek an elective office provided that the staff member does not campaign on district property during working hours. District property and work time, supported by public funds, may not be used for political purposes.

    In the event the staff member is elected to office, the employee may request a leave of absence in accordance with the leave policies of the district or the provisions of any applicable collective bargaining agreement. District employees who hold elective or appointive public office in an organization are not entitled to time off from their district duties for reasons incident to such offices unless the circumstances surrounding the leave request qualify under leave policies of the district.

    Cross Reference:  
    Board Policy 4400         Election Activities     

    Legal References:      
    RCW 41.06.250               Political activities
    RCW 42.17A.555            Use of public office or agency facilities in campaigns – Prohibition – Exceptions
    RCW 42.17A.635            Legislative activities of state agencies and other units of government, elective officials, employees

    Management Resources:
    Policy & Legal News       Oct. 2015

    ADOPTED:  11/24/1992
    REVISED: 9/24/98; 11/20/01; 4/26/12; 12/17/15

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