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I am writing in enthusiastic support of Jamie Stephens election to the San Juan County Council from District 3.
Years ago, I attended a day-long meeting/retreat facilitated by Lisa Byers. I’d known Lisa casually but as this day progressed I became more and more impressed with her ability to bring people together and to allow a good discussion of potentially divisive topics.
I have been a middle class resident on Orcas Island for more than 20 years now. Some of you know me from when I worked in the Orcas Senior Center as “That Licensing Lady” (2005-2008).
I’ve had the opportunity to spend time with Lisa Byers as she campaigns for a seat on the county council, and I’ve been impressed with the way she relates to the people she encounters.
I support county council candidate Lisa Byers for the Orcas district seat. Lisa has demonstrated her commitment to our islands over the past two decades, leading OPAL, the Orcas community land trust, to a phenomenal record as a provider of permanently affordable homes for moderate income citizens.
When I look for qualities in a county council candidate to represent me I look for three key traits – 1. Are they smart 2. Are they open to hearing all sides of an issue 3. Do their opinions and actions reflect an ability to see the bigger picture.
I have known Lisa Byers for many years, observed her ability “to get things done,” and seen her grow to become an outstanding community leader.
After last week’s community meeting about the Lopez School bond measure coming up in April, I can say without reservation, I’ll be voting YES.
As a former student and graduate from Lopez School; as a parent of children currently enrolled in Lopez school; as an international clean energy policy professional; and as a Lopez property tax payer, I strongly support the Lopez school bond.
We have lived on Lopez Island for almost six years our 70’s, though retired. We came because of the vibrant community already existing here. We were so impressed that first year when the “U.S. World New and Business Report” ranked Lopez Island High School in the top 500 in the nation!
About 15 years ago I was on the library board in Arlington. We tried repeatedly to pass a bond to build a new library. It never happened. Their library is still the same grossly inadequate tiny building.
My decision to publicly oppose the bond election has not been made lightly. I have the deepest respect for those who have expressed their support; HOWEVER I feel that the school reconstruction bond is NOT financially responsible or necessary.
On April 23, Lopez Island citizens will be asked to approve a $15.5 million bond measure for a major school renovation project.
I am a strong supporter of public education and I support the Lopez Island School Bond proposal.
We are supporting the Lopez School Bond initiative. We understand the bond initiative is for the physical plant only, a plant that is in dire need of updating, that will provide the environment we all so desire for our educators, staff and students.
I’m writing to support Lovel Pratt’s candidacy for County Council, District 1.
The coming election for the new three members of the county council is one of the most important elections in the last few years.
Mike Carlson deserves our thanks for questioning Ms. Byers’ veracity concerning her philosophy of government. By doing so, he afforded Ms. Byers a wonderful opportunity to better inform the voters about her organizational experience and true philosophy of governance.
Jamie Stephens deserves your vote for the San Juan County Council. He has proven by his public service to date that his judgment and perspective extends to all the islands. But it is his breadth of interest in so many different facets of our island communities that makes him a stellar candidate.
Please join me in voting for Jamie Stephens for County Council District 3.
I support Lovel Pratt because of her proven record of working for all islanders. Her work for the Lopez solid waste solution was critical.
This year the Lopez Children’s Center will celebrate its 10th Birthday!
In about three weeks our ballots will arrive in the mail. We will have a county-wide election where we will elect three county council members, each of whom will represent the entire county (going back to the system we had five years ago). Everybody in the county will be voting for three candidates, one from each of the three residency districts.
Jamie Stephens used to tease me every summer and say, “Well, what is my Summer Sandy project this year?”
Every Friday night, the children of Orcas Island have a treat in store for them.
I want to share with you my very positive experience working with Rick Hughes for the past five years. We serve together on the Orcas Island Farmer’s Market board. Most of the board is made up of farmers and crafters who vend at the market. Rick is the exception.
I am writing in support of the Lopez School Construction Bond proposal that will be on the ballot in April. This bond will cover a campus-wide renovation of both the elementary and high school.
I don’t usually write letters to the editor nor do I take a public position on candidates for office. But I am making an exception for Lovel Pratt because I have worked with her for many years in a broad variety of venues and never failed to be impressed with her thoroughness, community commitment and willingness to just do the work.
I urge you to vote for the campus wide renovation Bond on the April ballot.
After 18 years of dedicated service to OPALCO members, Ginny Reagles has decided to retire. Since 1995, Ginny has been the recognizable “voice of OPALCO” and a familiar face to many members in her role as a Member Services Representative in the Eastsound office.
Congratulations to Lisa Byers, Lovell Pratt and Bob Jarman for their recent primary victories. I look forward to seeing each of you over the next few months on the campaign trail.
It has come to my attention that emails containing a video of me are circulating. The video was first posted on a blog, then emailed from one real estate agent to another on San Juan. The video is a five-minute excerpt of a speech I gave in June 2012. The excerpt is at http://vimeo.com/47054431, and the panel discussion is at: http://vimeo.com/47054429).
At a special board meeting on Feb.13, the Lopez Island School Board voted unanimously to place a bond measure for a major school renovation project on the April 23 ballot for voter consideration.
Congratulations to Lisa Byers, Lovell Pratt and Bob Jarman for their recent primary victories.
First I want to congratulate Rick Hughes, Bob Jarman, Lovel Pratt and Lisa Byers for their strong showing, clearing the primary and going on to the general election. Second is that I want to thank my team, and the voters that put their trust in me with their vote. And to my contributors, I thank you for the assistance and confidence. I cannot thank you all enough.
I have worked with Greg Ayers for many years, both at the Orcas Grange and helping he and Pat build their home. He is very creative and hard working, functioning well using his organizational skills to help our diverse collection of actors, building sets and working back-stage.
In 2005, a handful of Orcas Firefighters responded to a request by Bureau of Land Management to burn/demolish an old dilapidated building. This event created the Patos Fire Department. Since that day, an amazing collection of volunteers, annually trek to the island to do campground maintenance, trail clearing and savannah restoration of the fields around the lighthouse.
The Orcas Eagle Forum recently solicited answers to questions from county council candidates.
Contrary to the public accusations being made by some, San Juan County’s council elections are not being poisoned by powerful special interest groups or party machines.
This morning I found on my Facebook newsfeed a paid (sponsored) posting ridiculing county council candidate Lovel Pratt and showing her in a Nazi uniform. The ad and picture were from a Facebook page that comments on San Juan County politics. The page itself is anonymous – the author’s name does not appear. The posting was later removed by Facebook for violating its community standards on hate speech.