I hope voters will keep the following idea in mind when they choose a council member to represent San Juan Island through our newly revised charter government.
We are some 7,000 island residents living on 55 square miles of incredibly beautiful and unspoiled land. And, also incredibly, we pay one of the very lowest property tax rates in the state.
I think we’ve managed to do this over the 34 years that Tal and I have lived here, because we’ve had remarkable, hard working elected officials who have known that islanders alone cannot protect this paradise. They have learned how to work the levers in Olympia and Washington D.C. so that the San Juan Islands often receive the special treatment they deserve as a genuine national treasure.
Lovel Pratt has been one of those hard working elected island officials who has spent more (often unpaid) hours in Olympia than almost anyone else I know of.
This is no time – and no place - to put “anti-government” people in charge here. Help put Lovel back on the County Council. Our island’s future depends on it.