City: Seattle, WA
Education: Graduated from Lakeside School in 1989. Earned bachelor’s degree in environmental conservation from the University of Colorado and graduate certificate in energy policy planning from the University of Idaho.
Political experience: King County councilman, 2013-present and chairman of the council’s Budget and Fiscal Management Committee. Washington State Representative from 2001-2013; chaired House Environment Committee and House Select Committee on Puget Sound. Member of the Governor’s Climate Action Team and LEOFF II State Pension Board.
Other work experience: Washington State Senate staff, basketball referee with Pacific Northwest Basketball Referee Association.
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.
This fall’s race for Washington’s commissioner of public lands – an office that oversees the state’s largest firefighting force and 5.6 million acres of land – is hotly contested since no incumbent is on the ballot.