Board of Supervisors Position 2 Candidate Statements

The following individuals are vying for Position #2 (alphabetical by last name):

King Conservation District is holding an election for Seat #2 on the Board of Supervisors. Voting begins January 18, 2022 at 8:00 am and ends February 8, 2022 at 8:00 pm. King Conservation District includes all registered voters in King County (excluding the cities of Enumclaw, Federal Way, Milton, Pacific, and Skykomish). Please visit kingcd.org/elections for details.

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Kirstin Haugen

Kirstin Haugen
kirstin@kirstinhaugen.org
www.kirstinhaugen.org

Education: Master of Public Administration, University of Washington; Bachelor of Arts, University of Washington

Occupation: Community Activist; Board Chair, King Conservation District

Statement: I was elected to the King Conservation District board in 2019, becoming board chair in 2021. We have worked extensively to find efficiencies, increase financial oversight, and boost transparency to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely. But there is still more work to do.

Climate

Conservation districts were created 80 years ago in response to dust bowl environmental devastation. Today, climate change poses a truly existential crisis. King Conservation District is uniquely situated to build climate resiliency, support dwindling populations of salmon and orcas, improve forest health, and encourage local food.

Equity

Conservation efforts have historically fallen short of serving our entire community. As a first step to achieving lasting organizational change, King Conservation District is embarking on organization-wide training and outreach to serve all people in King County.

Representation

Fortunately, King Conservation District elections are now managed by King County Elections rather than a private business. But conservation districts are still not using regular ballots sent to all registered voters. I’ve worked hard on this issue, securing support across the state for election reform this legislative session.

I am passionate about the environment and our community – serving on the boards of Cascadia Community College, 4Culture, the King County Charter Review Commission, and as staff to two King County Councilmembers.

King Conservation District is an invaluable community asset, spearheading investment in clean water, local food, and healthy forests. I am running for re-election to do everything I can to support this critical mission.


 

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Barbara Roessler

Barbara Roessler
bnpapa@me.com

Education: Bachelor of Arts – Social Work

Occupation: 22 yrs Admin Asst experience in Finance and schools.

Statement: My deep belief is government organizations are most successful when working collaboratively with the public to incorporate ideas into decision making practices, while representing the community and looking out for our natural resources in a financially responsible manner. My background in working with a school financial director enables me to work toward fiscal responsibility while cutting wasteful spending practices. One strength of the Conservation District can be educating the public, listening to feedback and working collectively toward goals that are responsible and sound. With the recent extensive fires experienced in wooded areas such as ours, forest management is critical. It is vital to work with private landowners to educate and offer assistance in forest management as a means of fire prevention. Another idea is to offer incentive programs to entice landowner participation and develop community work parties as a way to come together. As a Supervisor, my priority would be to include the public in decisions, allowing ample opportunity for the public to give their input and work collaboratively even when decisions are not popular. I hold dear that creating solutions together, when resources are limited that people shine and create opportunities that are inventive and inclusive. Endorsements: City of MV Mayor Sean Kelly, Commissioner Alan Eades of Soos Creek Water and Sewer and Covington Water District.


 

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Dominique Torgerson

Dominique Torgerson
(253) 332-2829
dominique.torgerson@outlook.com
www.facebook.com/votefordominique

Education: Bachelors Degree from Washington State University.

Occupation: Business Owner/Operator

Statement: It is crucial that we have programs to promote the protection/conservation of our natural resources, sustainable and responsible agriculture, and overall being better stewards of our planet in so many areas. For this, we need balance, better and enhanced education, support and encouragement, socially and through physical programs (i.e. KCD Native Plant Sale & Farmers Markets) that promote and enable what is needed.

It is apparent we have not done our job in protecting our APD, forest, and rural areas. We are fiscally irresponsible, and have unreasonable regulations that hinder what is needed in order to promote and encourage our conservation and sustainability. We are detrimentally affecting our younger generations by not encouraging and promoting (and are actually cutting programs in) horticulture, agriculture and even trade skills-based programs. We are eliminating education that establishes a crucial “foundation” for society, that is a necessity to fix the decline of these areas. This lack of education and decrease in awareness is why we have such a divide between the rural/ag and urban/city areas. I run a fiscally responsible and very customer service oriented small business which connects Washington farmers and their Ag products with consumers, so I know what is needed and how to treat everyone (KCD ratepayers, consumers and farmers) with respect, so we can bridge the divide.

Climate changes are real and fluctuating. We are not currently adaptable to any negative weather changes, and therefore are always susceptible and adversely affected when we could be proactive and prepared. With education and better regulations, we can change this. I do understand what it takes to help fix this, and as such hope that I can be part of the KCD board.
KCD is a non-partisan organization. I shall not seek the endorsement of any politician or political party.


 

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Tripp Williams

Tripp Williams
tripp.williams@gmail.com

Education: BA Government & Law, Lafayette College; MSc History of International Relations, London School of Economics

Occupation: Strategy and Operations Program Manager

Statement: Our region, and all who live here, deserve active and energized resource stewardship that balances current prosperity with future well being.

As your elected Supervisor, I will support staff as they pursue KCD’s mission to promote the conservation and best use of renewable natural resources. I will advocate for close collaboration with our entire community – urban, suburban, farm, and rural community members – to promote sustainable living practices that benefit all people and our animal neighbors. I will also champion existing programs to increase public awareness of what KCD offers, and maintain objectivity when evaluating program effectiveness. This means keeping an open mind to making changes to the budget if programs aren’t working as intended, and/or experimenting with new approaches.

I am passionate about the outdoors, an avid hiker, cyclist, and runner in love with fresh air and the natural environment. Professionally, I bring 15+ years’ experience working in public, private, and non-profit sector environments with a focus on program and project management, business operations, and organizational health. I would be proud to bring my passion for nature and my professional experience to KCD as your newest Supervisor, and would be honored to receive your vote.


 

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King Conservation District is holding an election for Seat #2 on the Board of Supervisors. Voting begins January 18, 2022 at 8:00 am and ends February 8, 2022 at 8:00 pm. King Conservation District includes all registered voters in King County (excluding the cities of Enumclaw, Federal Way, Milton, Pacific, and Skykomish). Please visit kingcd.org/elections for details.

Vote For KCD Board Supervisor!

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