This past week I was fortunate to interview the two candidates running for the Commissioner of Public Lands office: the incumbent, Hilary Franz, and a Republican challenger, Sue Kuehl Pederson. The interview was conducted on our virtual platform with an audience of WFFA members. The discussion was directed specifically towards small forest landowner issues and was based on the nearly 50 questions submitted by members. Themes included fire, forest health, regulations, incentives, conversion, legislative priorities, partnerships, and community engagement. We couldn’t reach on all of the questions but managed to touch on all themes with both candidates for a robust discussion of their perspectives, plans, and goals should they be elected for the position. I think this was a fabulous way to assess both candidates. For those that weren’t able to attend our townhalls the recordings are now live. I do hope you avail yourself of the opportunity to learn more about the candidates running for this critically important statewide position and mail in your ballot by November 3.
Click HERE to view Sue Kuehl Pederson's townhall video.
Click HERE to view Hilary Franz's townhall video.
Elaine Oneil, PhD
Executive Director, Washington Farm Forestry Association