Dave Paul is a longtime educator and champion for children, public schools, active military and veterans, sustainable economic growth, the environment, and the protection of women’s, LGBTQ, and minority rights.
For the last 10 years, Dave has served our community at Skagit Valley College. Currently, he serves as a vice president at the college. During his time there, he’s demonstrated strong leadership by managing a staff of 80 employees, serving 5600 students, and overseeing state, grant and student budgets of $5.5 million.
Giving all members of the community the opportunity to achieve their potential has always been a priority with Dave. He works with Vets, first-generation students, DREAMers, students with disabilities, displaced homemakers, and non-traditional students throughout Skagit and Island counties on a daily basis to further their education and find jobs that pay living wages.
Dave and his wife, Rachel Anderson Paul, live in Oak Harbor with their four children (Jacob, Elizabeth, Eli, and Abigail), where they enjoy kayaking, gardening, hiking, and catching salmon from the beach.
Experience. Commitment. Community. Judge Kristen Olbrechts brings these values to the bench every day.
Experience: Judge Olbrechts has more than 27 years of experience in the legal system on both sides of the bench. She was elected overwhelmingly based on her strong reputation within the legal community.
Commitment: Judge Olbrechts is committed to justice on all sides. Everyone is heard in her courtroom. Defendants are treated with respect and victims with compassion.
Community: Judge Olbrechts has longstanding ties to the community. Her great grandparents were pioneers in Stanwood, while she and her husband make their home in Granite Falls. Judge Olbrechts is proudly supported by the mayors of Arlington and Stanwood, along with the Snohomish County Sherriff and a majority of the Snohomish County Council.
Janet St. Clair is running for Island County Commissioner because she wants to listen to the priorities of the people she serves so we can protect and strengthen what matters most.
She will work for:
Affordable housing and economic opportunities for Island County residents
Access to healthcare, including mental health and substance abuse treatment
Resources for seniors to age in place
Parks, access to beach and open space for everyone to explore our outdoor wonders
Adequate transit, bike routes and roadways
Stewardship of the natural beauty of our islands
Effective planning and environmental policies
Respectful, experienced leadership
It is time for responsive leadership that works to bring together the people and resources for healthy and engaged communities, where everyone thrives because good government works.
- Born in Seattle raised mostly between Mount Vernon & Sedro Woolley
- After high school went straight into the Air Force
- Served 3 years on active duty, then went into the Air Force reserves and completed another 23 years of Service
- Was activated after 9/11 for another year of active duty
- Firefighter /EMT for the Air Force (civil service 7 years)
- Retired from the Reserve in 2006 as Fire Battalion chief in Alaska
- Married have 8 children (ages 11-35) with 4 still at home
- Proud member of the International Association of Firefighters
- Elected to 2 terms as Secretary/Treasurer (local I-66)
- Elected to Mount Vernon city in 2003 for City Council and re-elected in 2007
As a City Council member
- Served on the Skagit Council of Governments
- Elected unanimously by full Council to serve on the Skagit Transit Board of Directors
- Skagit Community Action Agency Board of Directors
- Skagit law and Justice Committee
- Member of the Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club for the past 17 years
Steven Gonzalez is a justice on the Washington Supreme Court. He was appointed by Democratic Governor Chris Gregoire in November 2011 to a term that commenced in 2012. He was elected to the court in 2012 for a term that began in January 2013 and expires on January 13, 2019.
Justice Gonzalez received a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Pitzer College. During the course of his degree, he studied in Japan and China. He earned his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. He also has an honorary doctorate of law from Gonzaga Law School.
· 2012 - Present: Justice, Washington Supreme Court
· 2002-2011: Judge, King County Superior Court
· 2011 Outstanding Judge of the Year Award, Washington State Bar Association
Judge Laura Riquelme is running to keep her seat in Skagit County Superior Court. She has the experience you can trust in court and for the community.
Experience: She brings a balanced perspective to the bench, having served as a public defender and a prosecutor. Judge Laura Riquelme gained extensive trial experience as a practicing attorney. Her qualifications were vetted by the Governor's office when she was appointed over other applicants to the position as a Superior Court judge. As a judge she has heard and ruled upon hundreds of motions and trials related to criminal cases, civil law, protection orders, family law, and other legal issues brought in Superior Court.
Community: Judge Laura Riquelme lives in Mount Vernon with her husband and son, where she has been active as a leader and volunteer. She speaks Spanish, and is the president of the parent teacher organization for Madison Elementary, a dual language elementary school in Mount Vernon. She is also on the boards for Community Action of Skagit County and Skagit Women in Business.