San Juan County Council Candidates Offer Different Visions & Priorities on Governance, Economy and Environment

San Juan Islands, WA, October 8, 2020—Four San Juan County Council Candidates set themselves apart by offering different experiences, visions and priorities to voters in their responses to a new candidate questionnaire.

Community Rights San Juan IslandsFriends of the San Juans  and the Madrona Institute put together a list of six questions for the four county council candidates with the hope that the citizens of San Juan County would learn more about the candidates as they compete for two available county council seats. All four candidates, Christine Minney and Ryan T. Palmateer for Council Residency District 1, and Cindy Wolf and Rick Hughes for Council Residency District 2, submitted their responses yesterday.

The candidate questions range from assessment of county governance, to views on tourism and economic growth, lessons from the pandemic and recent upheavals, climate change, and ecological health. The questionnaire also draws attention to a newly launched initiative New Deal San Juan Islands putting forward draft ordinances on agriculture, climate, housing, justice and plastics for candidates to consider.

Candidates’ responses highlight their differing analyses of problems, priorities and plans for the county if they were elected to serve for three years as council members. Their full responses have been tabulated and can be viewed here.

The ballots will be mailed out on October 16th, 2020. You can register to vote online or by mail up till October 16th, or in person during business hours till the election day on November 3rd. Please vote.

View the candidate questionnaire results.