I feel deeply committed to serve as a devoted caretaker of this amazing place known as Island County, and having lived on Whidbey Island and spent the last nine years working intimately with the Board of Island County Commissioners, I wish to continue the forward movement of both sense and compassion established by Helen Price-Johnson and other community leaders.

- Melanie Bacon

2020-05-27

Declaration of Interdependence

I am going to speak today at a meeting with Indivisible Whidbey, and to prepare for that I looked at the website for Indivisible Washington, to get a better idea of the Indivisible platform. Reading their platform, the things they say are important to them, I remembered something lovely that had happened to me a few years ago that I had forgotten about.

In 2013, I received an email from a Unitarian Universalist pastor in Palo Alto, California, Reverend Amy Zucker Morgenstern, who asked me if an internet posting I had made in February 1999, long before such things were called "posts", could be included in a packet of worship materials she was putting together for distribution to Unitarian Universalist churches all over the country. I told her that of course I would be honored. I guess the piece remained in use, because three years later I was contacted by the Unitarian Universalist Church in Whidbey, who was planning to use it in a worship service and invited me to attend. A short internet search this morning shows that the piece has also been used by Progressive Christianity dot org, by the Association of Global New Thought, who have it posted several places online including on a slide show, also by Singing Heart Yoga, because of its resonance with Buddhism, and has been referenced by the Co-Intelligence Institute and a website called Abundance Created Together, and many others.

I am sharing the piece here to allow you to know the heart of who I am and what I believe.

The Declaration of Interdependence

We hold these truths to be self-evident:
That all life is interconnected, and endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights and responsibilities,
That among these are presence, compassion, and the pursuit of happiness.
That to secure these rights and responsibilities,
We open our minds and hearts to the needs of others, and our own true needs,
We hear the sound of the living universe in our ears, and add our voices to the song,
We live every moment with awareness of the purity and power of existence.
And for the support of this Declaration, we pledge to each other our love and our breath,
For the freedom of the one is the freedom of the all, and the pain of the one is the pain of the all;
The breath of the one is the breath of the all, and the breath of the all is the breath of God.

Melanie Bacon
February 14, 1999

2020-05-21

New Endorsements for Melanie in Her Bid for District I

Melanie Bacon Candidate Home Page

Melanie Bacon has been officially endorsed by: 

- The Legislative District Democrats https://www.10thlddemocrats.org/  

- The National Women's Political Caucus https://www.nwpcwa.org/ 

- Dr. Grethe Cammermeyer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margarethe_Cammermeyer




Letter: Bacon would think globally, act locally as commissioner



Editor,
The name Melanie Bacon will be on the Aug. 4 ballot for Island County commissioner, District 1, the seat being vacated by Helen Price Johnson. The top two will be on the Nov. 3 ballot.
Melanie is my choice for this important position, which closely affects our daily lives. She is a good listener, and her varied background experiences place her in the position of readiness. She has worked in Island County government for 10 years and is the current Human Resources director. 
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Melanie has also been endorsed by outstanding Island County citizens, including but not limited to:

Mitchell Allen

Stacie Burgua

Kenneth Cohen

Richard Draves

Michael Ferri

Nicholas Fowler

Thomas Fox

Dayle Gray

Sharen Heath

Jackie Henderson

Heidi Hoelting

Janet Johnston

Deborah Jones

Kimberley Jordan

Susan Lindsey-Cohen

Tamara MacKner

Janice O’Mahoney

Joni Panciera

Billie Risa-Draves

Melody Risner

James Sherman

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2020-04-16

Virtual Town Meetings - Issues and Dates

Melanie Bacon Candidate Home Page

On Friday, May 15, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Melanie will hold her third virtual town meeting. This week’s meeting topic is "Enhancing the Quality of Life For Island County Citizens." 
  • Affordable housing for our local workers.
  • Supportive housing for our citizens suffering through behavioral health crises.
  • The struggles of aging citizens on the south end of Whidbey Island.
  • Our responsibility to serve everyone in need with loving kindness.
  • The impact of Growler noise on quality of life.
  • The importance of retaining our rural character.
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Topic: Virtual Town Meeting

Time: May 15, 2020 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Utilizing Zoom Video Conferencing (no need to download software).

Please email the organizers at electmelbacon (at) gmail.com and you will receive a return email with login instructions and information.


2020-04-02

My 2030 Vision and the Steps We Must Take to Achieve It

I intend to be an Island County Commissioner for two terms, through most of the 2020s. This is my vision of what Island County will look like in 2030, with your help, following my tenure with the Board of Island County Commissioners.

In 2030:

  • Island County is viewed as a national model for how to achieve a modern economy nestled within a strong, protected, rural community. We have been recognized nationally for our emergency preparedness and smart management and mitigation of climate-change related environmental impacts. Shoreline communities from all over the country visit us to see how we did it.
  • In 2030 Island County has more and healthier trees than we did in 2020. Our streams and aquifers are protected. Our parks and trails are treasured and cared for. We have reduced our solid waste output by over 25%, grocery stores use biodegradable produce bags, no stores carry single-use petroleum plastic products anymore and citizens have easy access to compost their bioplastics and food waste.
  • In 2030, citizens can still rely on free bus service through Island Transit. That agency and all of our government services rely on electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles, and electrical charging stations are available throughout the county. We have walk-on ferries at several port locations for the convenience of our tourists and citizens who’d prefer not to rely on automobiles to go on and off the island.
  • By 2030, small builders have created a few new small housing projects, mixed income and mixed use, that are desirable places to live, and lovely to live next to. By this time, we can reliably house our teachers and nurses and other key workers, as well as our retail and service workers.
  • By 2030 we are a diverse and intergenerationally vibrant community. Every teenager knows at least five adults who are not teachers or family members.  And every senior citizen knows at least five children outside their own family.  As a 75-year-old retiree in 2030, I am involved in intergenerational activities that energize our community and economy.
  • By 2030, our economy has boomed as young entrepreneurs conduct their businesses online through our state-of-the-art fiber optic broadband network. Young families move here to make their homes and raise their children. South Whidbey no longer looks like what a 2020 audience at WICA looks like.
  • And by 2030, we who are senior citizens by then can safely age in our own homes with a network of services to assist us, but if we need more regular attention there are quality facilities available for us to live in with grace and joy.
  • Tourists in 2030 come to the Islands both for the beauty of our landscape and healthy natural environment but also for a robust local food system which supports and empowers our farmers. 
  • By 2030 the citizens of Island County and the Navy work together and trust one another as neighbors.
  • And in 2030 citizens consider Island County government a pleasure to work with.

That’s my vision. Isn’t it nice? So how do we get there? These are some of the steps we need to take at Island County to achieve that vision.

1. How do we protect our rural character and natural resources?


  • We need to make the philosophy of retaining our rural character a part of our County mission—and the viability of all economic and housing development plans need to be viewed through that lens. And we must push our rights as a County to protect our forests and streams to the utmost edge of our authority. We need to be very clear about what’s important to us. Only by being aggressive about that can we avoid becoming a Lynwood with beach access.
  • We need to work proactively to mitigate the impacts of climate change. We will start this by making a County inventory of properties and resources likely to be impacted. Then we write and implement a Climate Action Plan.
  • We need to optimize the beauty and utility of our port areas. We should increase our water trails, and create campsites along our shores for the enjoyment of kayakers and others.
  • We need to encourage carbon-neutral activities. That means using and encouraging electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles and providing plenty of electric charging stations. It means encouraging the use of vanpools, and our wonderful Island Transit, and making trails friendly to ebikes. We must also revise our County codes to encourage carbon-neutral housing and commercial buildings.
  • The County needs to make providing recycling and composting options a priority. We need to state in our mission that our obligation to protect the Earth is an integral part of our obligation to protect our citizens.

2. How do we keep a vibrant economy within this rural environment?


  • The County needs to become a hub for telecommuting and telework, which is the fastest-growing job structure in the country. Millennials and GenZ citizens expect to work within a telecommuting environment, and they will move here if they have connectivity. The County and its local partners need to work with the Governor’s Office for Broadband and other granting agencies to bring fiber optic broadband immediately to the County, and also ensure that cell phones can connect everywhere.

3. How do we enhance the quality of life for our citizens?


  • The County can ensure affordable housing for our local workers through zoning that encourages small, localized developments—through permitting accessory dwelling units, small boarding houses, and small duplex, triplex and 4-plex projects.
  • We need to provide supportive housing for our citizens suffering through behavioral health crises.
  • The County needs to acknowledge the growing issue of aging citizens on the south end of Whidbey Island, and actively work with senior services and health resources to assist seniors to gracefully age in their homes with dignity.
  • We must serve those in need with loving kindness—the homeless, the addicted, the imprisoned. We at the County must recognize our responsibility as humans to care for those who need our help, our patience, and our understanding.
  • We must work with our Navy neighbors to push for a deconcentration of growlers for the life and health of all of our citizens.

4. And finally, how do we improve our citizens’ experience with the County so that they enjoy working with the government they pay for?


  • We must computerize all functions possible so that citizens can file, pay for, and follow their permits and other processes online. And we need to emphasize to County employees that they work for citizens who expect to have an impeccable customer service experience—and we at the County need to train them to provide that.
  • We need to continue to work to make our processes and actions as transparent as possible so that citizens can trust that there aren’t any dirty dealings going on behind closed doors.
  • The County must also prepare its staff to continue to serve the public during emergency situations. When natural disasters occur, we who work at the County must be ready to assist our citizens in whatever capacity is needed.

The Island County Commissioners are in effect the CEOs of a $110 million company with 500 employees. I am an experienced executive and manager. In 2010 I quit my job as the International Compensation Manager for a Fortune 500 company working with employees in 48 countries in order to move this beautiful place. I know how to drive complex work forward. 

After nine years working hands-on as the Human Resources Director for Island County I know how our local county government works. I know more about how Island County government functions than probably any other County Commissioner candidate has ever known when they ran the first time. I work intimately with all of the elected officials and department heads, and I understand their missions and their aspirations for their departments and offices, and I understand the barriers that they face in accomplishing those goals. I am a proven problem solver. I see problems, I identify solutions, and then I see those solutions through to implementation. I can do this because I’m analytical and I have no fear of making changes for the good. As I often tell people, this is my super power. I’ve done this my whole life.

Some other things I’ve done in my life: I served in military intelligence in the US Army, I chaired a planning commission in a fast-growing city, I served on the board of a domestic violence shelter, I’ve worked with tribal governments, I was a state senate intern, I chaired a NOW state conference, I was a founder of an educational endowment foundation, I established, developed and sold two businesses, and I have even been a prison chaplain. I have always been a consistent, effective, and creative problem solver and leader, who’s never run from a challenge or succumbed to pressure from those who were nervous of change.

I know the way we will succeed is with everyone at the table, working with civility as we creatively solve our problems together. My vision can become a reality with your help—your ideas, your involvement, and your endorsement.

2020-02-08

What's Your Vision? Recap of the Melanie Bacon Launch Party

MELANIE'S CAMPAIGN KICKOFF
    County Commissioner, District I (D)

How did it go over at Dancing Fish Vineyards?

By all accounts, the mood was alternately festive and reflective. A few score attendees listened as Melanie detailed her vision for the future of Island County. Afterwards, things really kicked off with the Mac N Cheese musical duo.

By the time it finally came to an end, the people of Island County present knew that a watershed event had occurred. They realized that Melanie Bacon was for real, and the best choice for County Commissioner without question.

What better way to have spent a Sunday afternoon?


And now, a few words from the candidate herself:


2020-01-22

Campaign Doggies for Bacon: Dogs4Bacon2020 on Instagram

"I intend to be an Island County Commissioner for two terms, through most of the 2020s. This is my vision of what Island County will look like in 2030, with your help, following my tenure with the Board of Island County Commissioners."

      - Melanie Bacon

[ Read More About the 2030 Vision ]

"Soda" Says Yes to Bacon

The new instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/dogs4bacon2020/ featuring Soda and Carlos.

2020-01-08

Island County Climate Action Plan

Climate Action Plan Home Page

Securing the future of Island County--we are looking to set up meetings on the Climate Action Plan with citizens of Island County and all relevant stakeholders. These "community involvement events" will take place this winter and into early spring. 

Contact us via the form on the http://melaniebaconcandidate.org website if you consider getting involved at some point. 

Thanks!


The Whidbey Shoreline

2019-11-06

The Local Paper is Right - Candidate Adds Sizzle

Melanie Bacon Candidate Home Page

The Whidbey News-Times is covering Melanie's entry into the race for county commissioner, District 1, and the candidate is off to a rousing start. As Jessie Stensland puts it:

"Bacon has worked with eight different county commissioners during nine years at the county and sees that “forward movement” has been established in recent years by Price Johnson and other leaders.  


“Each day I witness the cooperative work of the current Board of Island County Commissioners,” she wrote, “and I am determined to maintain and encourage that important bipartisan effort to benefit everyone who calls Whidbey or Camano Island their home.” 


Bacon has an amazingly diverse background. She is an Army military intelligence veteran, a former leader in the National Organization for Women, a prison chaplain, a founding member of an educational endowment foundation, a member of a board for a domestic violence shelter and a former chairperson of a planning commission and zoning board responsible for a long-range plan. 


Also, she’s a novelist and an actress and musician active with WICA and Whidbey Playhouse."


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2019-10-27

Who is Melanie Bacon and Why is She Running?

Melanie Bacon Candidate Home Page

"I feel deeply committed to serve as a devoted caretaker of this amazing place known as Island County, and having spent the last nine years working intimately with the Board of Island County Commissioners, I wish to continue the forward movement of both sense and compassion established by Helen Price-Johnson and other community leaders."
 
       - Melanie Bacon



What Will She Do?

  • Actively work with local government and relevant stakeholders to wisely manage Island County growth. Citizens are deeply concerned about housing and jobs, but there is also concern that overly aggressive growth will negatively impact them. Melanie realizes that a balance must be struck that allows for necessary growth without impugning the "quality of life" integrity of the islands.
  • Establish a priority on environmental common sense and mitigation of climate change's future impacts on our islands. Citizens want clean, stable beaches and water, healthy woods, abundant bird and animal life, and clean, safe trails and parks in which to enjoy them. We know we live in a magical place, and we want our government to preserve and enhance our pleasure in living here.
  • Create smart government on a budget.  Accepting the reality of Island County resources, it becomes more vital than ever in 2020 that we maximize ways to develop technological tools and best practices in a variety of areas. Citizens expect knowledgeable and responsive staff, and county processes must be made more efficient and accessible to everyone.
  • Assure that public transportation options remain available to all. The county commission must work with appropriate agencies to improve public transportation. Each year a new threat to Island Transit looms despite it being a tremendous service to all citizens who use it, and even those who don’t (who enjoy decreased road congestion as a result).