City: Seattle, WA
Education: Graduated from Raineer Beach High School in 1976. Earned political science degree from Western Washington University and master’s in public administration from Seattle University.
Political experience: Unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Representative in the 8th Congressional District 2012
Work experience. Currently works for Meta Management Group and is faculty member at Seattle University. Formerly a director of development for Salvation Army; vice president of United Way of King County.
Family: Married with two grown step-children
- Web: karenporterfield.com
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.