September 6, 2016 by David Dehlendorf
San Juan County Democrats Welcome Governor Jay Inslee
A huge “Welcome Governor Jay Inslee” sign was sprawled across the front of Democracy Place in Friday Harbor on Saturday, September 3. More than forty San Juan County residents attended to greet the governor and his wife Trudy at 8 am. Governor Inslee enthusiastically tried to meet everyone individually, and he expressed amazement at so many early risers.
Diane Martindale, state committee person of the San Juan County Democrats (SJCDs), introduced the governor in the absence of its chair, David Dehlendorf, who was off-island at his daughter’s wedding, and acknowledged local elected officials.
Inslee addressed many issues of local and state concern, including the environment, public education, upcoming budget issues, jobs, and the economy. The audience thanked the governor for his work with a difficult State Senate and brought up issues on mental health, forest fire management, school funding, protection for whales, coal and crude oil shipping and other items.
The SJCDs are grateful that Inslee could visit us in his busy campaign season.
Jay and Trudy graciously posed for photos and insisted on ones of the entire group. Many thanks to Trudy Inslee, Susan Grout and Kat Rose for taking photos.
Eric, at The Bean, provided the morning coffee. Homemade goodies were brought by Sharon Lannon, Susan Grout, Laura Jo Severson, Lee Sturdivant and Judy Chovan. Thank you! There were few leftovers, but they will be offered to guests at Democracy Place.
Thank you to Ron Zee and Randy Moss who placed Inslee campaign signs. Tal Sturdivant kindly picked up visitors from Lopez and Orcas at the ferry landing, so they could enjoy the event. Sandy Rabinowitz did the heroic job of staging the headquarters on Friday to accommodate the most people. Governor Inslee said we had the nicest and most attractive party headquarters in the state. Thank you to ALL who helped make this event a success, and I offer apologies to those whose names might have been missed.
The Town of Friday Harbor was kind enough to block off parking, so that it was available to Jay and Trudy.
After our event, the Inslees left to visit the Mt. Grant land preservation site with the county commissioners and staff of the Land Bank and SJ Preservation Trust before departing on the ferry to Anacortes.