I have known Jamie Stephens for nearly 20 years now and I continue to appreciate, among other things, his significant and consistent dedication to the community over that period of time. In addition to serving as the chairman of the county council, Jamie has served on and worked with innumerable local boards. Many of his efforts have been apparent, such as for the Lopez Community Land Trust, Lopez Family Resource Center, Fisherman Bay Water District, and Port Commission. He supports local farmers and worked with legislators and citizens to help secure the recent National Monument status and local control of solid waste and recycling. But there is plenty that has gone unnoticed and unheralded. As a council member, Jamie works with our neighbors in the Gulf Islands. He was instrumental in establishing (and working on) the skate park. He taught small business classes for many years, enabling a number of local entrepreneurs to make their dreams a reality. He has been a substitute teacher at the Lopez School for many years. As an active Lions Club member he has repeatedly organized the 4th of July parade and has made cocoa, cookies, and set up, to welcome the Santa Ship at Odlin Park. (This is by no means an exhaustive summary.)
It is clear to me that he is personally invested in our island community on many levels. It’s an impressive broad base of involvement. I am confident that Jamie will continue to focus on our community and our needs. He is a good listener and takes into account everyone’s viewpoint. As his campaign slogan goes: “He works for you.” Please join me in voting for Jamie.