I know Lovel through five years of working together on the Planning Commission and several years as co-chairs of the San Juan Initiative, an effort funded by the Puget Sound Partnership and San Juan County to evaluate what’s working and what isn’t in the marine environment. As a member of the Marine Resources Committee for the last seven years, I have worked with her on many issues, from reducing toxic run-off to oil spill prevention.
What I appreciate about Lovel is, first, her deep commitment to our community. As a mother and engaged member of public life, she is an exceptionally good listener, sound thinker, and effective advocate for our county on the regional and state level. A good example of her ability to see the big picture and to commit to positive action is the lead role she played in the statewide Cross Partnership Oil Spill Workgroup. This group was instrumental in improving the State's oil spill regulations and ensuring that the risks of a spill from increased vessel traffic are understood. Outcomes of Lovel’s work with this group have helped prepare San Juan County for the possibility of a major oil spill in the years ahead.
Lovel has my vote because she brings years of experience to the job, is passionate about our community, and is dedicated to finding creative solutions to difficult problems.