I have served on the existing County Council for four years, representing Lopez, Shaw and Decatur Islands. During this time, I fought to keep farmland available for farmers into the future and open up their opportunities to market products. I brought resolution to the solid waste system and worked to make community control of the dumps and reuse facilities a reality. I contributed to laying the groundwork for economic opportunities by endorsing high-speed Internet connectivity to be made available for most of our citizens. I worked to stabilize the County’s budget long enough that we can have a community conversation about the size and scope of county government. I approved a series of ordinances that will protect the environment we love and give property owners the certainty they need when developing their property. I have advocated for permanent protection of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in San Juan County, including going to Washington D.C. to further the effort.
On January 8, 2013, I was elected San Juan County Council Chair by my fellow Council members. There has been a lot of change in county government during the past two years and I can be a consistent voice to move the County forward while implementing the changes in the way the County is governed. I have also been appointed to the Legislative Steering Committee of the Washington State Association of Counties which meets in Olympia. I have attended meetings with our Canadian island counterparts via the Gulf Island Trust in British Columbia. This is my way of staying on top of issues that affect our County from beyond our borders.