Rick Hughes to run for re-election

Councilman Rick Hughes.

County councilman Rick Hughes is vying for a second term as the district two representative.

“I’m having fun. It’s one of the best jobs I’ve ever had – and I’ve had some cool ones,” said Hughes, who was elected to his first term in 2013. His current term expires December 2016.

Prior to moving full time to Orcas, Rick was an executive with ESPN.com and one of the first online advertising sales executives with clients ranging from Nike, Microsoft and Electronic Arts. Now he and his wife Marlace own and operate Ray’s Pharmacy in Eastsound.

Hughes has filed his candidacy with the state but cannot submit paperwork to the county until April. If more than two candidates file for the seat there will be a primary election. The two winners of that race will go on to the general election in November.

Hughes says he has been a part of major changes at the county including working on some of the “most important” county legislature: growth management act, shoreline master plan and Eastsound subarea plan.

“There is still so much to do,” he said. “I want to make sure the community is set for the next 25 years.”

Hughes is still passionate about economic development, affordable housing and renewable energy and, if re-elected, hopes to make more strides in those areas.

“I want to represent the working and middle class families in this community,” he said. “People need to feel safe to talk to the county. We are here to serve the public. The county isn’t your enemy. We are your partner.”