Securing the future of Island County
We live in the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Experts tell us that it’s not a question of whether or not we will experience a major earthquake—it’s a question of when. Each of us as individuals and as members of a neighborhood need to be prepared, with at least two weeks’ worth of emergency supplies ready at hand at all times. The County government needs to be prepared as well—because whenever things turn bad, whether earthquake, flood, fire, or natural disaster, people turn to their County government for help. We have a lot of work to do at the County to improve our ability to continue to provide services to citizens in case of emergency. Joining with other county officials, I will work to provide the type of leadership in time of emergency that Island County citizens can trust and rely on.
Crucial Public Transportation
The County is doing all the right things in our transportation plan with regard to building and maintaining great roads on our islands. Our vulnerability is with regard to citizens’ access to getting on, off, and around our islands. We need to continue our work with the State Highway Department, Washington State Ferries and the City of Mukilteo to improve our citizens’ and visitors’ ability to get on and off our islands quickly and safely. With regard to vanpools and intra-island bus service: 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). With the recent passage of I-976, we will need to pay very careful attention to funding options in order to retain that great service for our citizens.
Broadband & Connectivity
Together with relevant parties, I will work directly with the newly-established Governor's Statewide Broadband Office to plan, build, measure and manage the broadband services we need for our future. Once we have established broadband on our islands, we will be prepared to take the necessary steps to move into 5G which will allow us to participate in the “internet of everything” that will soon influence and interact with every element of our world.