Pullman City Council Ward 1 Vacancy

City Hall

—On Tuesday, November 28th, the 2023 General Election results were certified by the Whitman County Auditor, confirming Councilmember Francis Benjamin as the newly elected Mayor of Pullman, Washington. As such, Benjamin’s City Council position will be considered vacant on January 1, 2024.

In concurrence with state laws, the City of Pullman will be taking the following steps to fill the vacant position:


Please refer to the City Council Ward Map if unsure to which ward you belong. For questions on eligibility, please refer to RCW 35A.12.030 or contact the Whitman County Auditor – Elections Department at 509-397-6270.


  • Friday, December 1, 2023 The City will post on its website at pullman-wa.gov/government/city_council/city_council_vacancy_-_ward_1.php a copy of the process timeline, City Council Ward Map, application form, and contact information.
  • Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. PST Deadline to submit a completed application for interested parties to fill the remaining two years of the position.
  • Thursday, January 11, 2024 Applications will be verified for eligibility, aggregated and distributed to City Council for review. Applicants will be invited to attend a special City Council meeting on January 16, 2024, for in-person interviews.
  • Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. City Council will hold in-person interviews with applicants, discuss qualifications, and by motion appoint an individual to fill the vacant position. This will be the only agenda items for this special Council Meeting.
  • As early as Wednesday, January 17, 2024, the appointed individual will need to take the Oath of Office and file paperwork with the Whitman County Auditor – Elections Department. At that time, the individual assumes the appointment as Pullman City Councilmember – Ward 1. In addition, the individual will be required to fulfill all requirements with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission and other requisite training.
  • May 2025 (Dates TBD) - Anyone living in Pullman City Council Ward 1 and is eligible to hold office may file to run for election for the full four year term of this position.

Media Contact
Mike Urban
City Administrator

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