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.
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 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." - More -
"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).