City: Seabeck, WA
Education: Graduated from Medford High School in 1974. Earned bachelor’s of arts degree at the University of Oregon. Graduate work at the Royal Naval College and U.S. Naval War College
Polictical experience: First run for public office. Member of the Snohomish County Homeland Security Planning Committee from 2003 to 2007.
Work experience: Spent 25 years in U.S. Navy, retired as commander. Consults and instructs on security system design and implementation.
Family: Married, with two grown children, three step-children and two grandchildren.
In the primary races for lieutenant governor and lands commissioner, the editorial board selected candidates who didn’t advance to the general election. The following are our reassessments in those contests. Lt. Governor: State Sen. Cyrus Habib, D-Bellevue, finished first in a crowded field, collecting a mere 22 percent of the vote. Marty McClendon, a Gig Harbor Republican, finished a close second.
Washington’s next public lands commissioner will be expected to preserve forests, water and habitat in the face of more intense wildfires and a changing climate, while also ensuring revenues from logging, land leases and other operations for school construction and other projects.
It’s Inslee vs. Bryant for governor and likely Habib vs. McClendon for lieutenant governor as voters whittle down long lists of candidates seeking statewide office.
Community outreach and internal communication were not Goldmark’s strengths. DNR has been beat up over the recent wildfire seasons, and morale is low. Fresh leadership is on the way, but shoring up the agency won’t be easy.
Seven candidates are vying for the position of Washington’s public lands commissioner. It’s the top job at the state Department of Natural Resources, which manages 5.6 million acres of state lands.