Two additional contenders in the Honorary Mayor of Eastsound race are currently collar-to-collar with only a handful of votes separating them. While the outcome is still too early to predict, many believe one of the canines holding the middle will come out top dog.
Panda is working hard for her votes – often seen Saturdays at the Farmers’ Market chatting up constituents and exchanging Panda Cupcakes for votes.
The mayoral race is an annual fundraiser sponsored by and benefiting Children’s House. Voting is open to both islanders and visitors, who “buy” candidates into office placing as many votes as they want at area polling locations or online. Each vote benefits the toddler and preschool children of Children’s House. The race concludes July 6.
Follow an ongoing dialogue between all the candidates at orcasislandmayor.wordpress.com. For voters wanting to make an informed decision, here’s a closer look at two of the early leaders.
Sponsor: Orcas Book Exchange
Manager: Vala Ross
Campaign slogan: “A Bark You Can Believe In”
Party affiliation: Cascadia Separatist
The Dog Scoop: Panda is a three-year-old Pomeranian Chihuahua (Pom-Chi). She is running as a Cascadia Separatist, believing in healthy bio-regions and “tiny” impact on the planet.
She loves kids and cats, since they are both as small and cute as she. Panda believes in holistic child-rearing, healthy food, kid-friendly environments, cooperative play and outdoor experience.
Check out “Panda’s Picks” at Orcas Book Exchange She especially promotes early childhood education, since that is the future that all of us will depend on.
Panda’s signature trick is getting up on her back legs and spinning in a circle (like a little ballerina) for a treat.
Sponsor: Orcas Island Children’s House
Owner/Manager: Jenny Hovelman and Patrick and Erin Bennett
Campaign slogan: “Equal Rights and a Voice for All Species”
Party affiliation: Beagalitarian
The Dog Scoop: Island-bred, island-grown and a lifetime resident for 13 years, Jinjer is cherished as a classroom pet at the Children’s House preschool as well as a tasty tidbit or two dropped on the floor.
An avid sports fan, Jinjer was in her youth the mascot for our very own Vikings football team. As a Beagalitarian, she believes in equality and a voice for all species. She also believes in the power of group decision-making and that our State Parks should keep their natural beauty. Jinjer wants her constituents to know a vote for her is an honest and trustworthy vote – and that she had nothing to do with the missing hamburger!