Islands' Sounder


Let's move forward | Letter

April 18, 2013 · 4:16 PM

I first announced my run for San Juan County Council on May 3, 2012. I decided to run because I felt it was the right time to make a difference. I honestly felt (as I do today) that an independent, moderate position in community government would enable sound decisions that would best represent the majority of people across all the islands. My heart is with the young families working 2-3 jobs to squeak out a living because this is a safe home for their kids; the retired person on a fixed income attempting to maintain a home; and the small business owner struggling to make payroll and provide a real wage job for their employees.

Since May, I have not sought endorsement from any political party or special interest, actively fundraised or engaged in any dialog that attacked my opponents.  I have tried to self-fund the majority of my campaign and worked hard to spend the money raised in a responsible way.

I am grateful to those who speak in favor of my candidacy.  However, there are those who claim to support me, but who do not necessarily support my desire to be independent, to be non-partisan, to focus on ideas, and to represent the widest possible range of constituents. I have not sought support from any organizations because I do not want to compromise that independence.  Independence allows me to make decisions that I believe are best for our county. It means that I hear the reasonable voices of every individual, and no organization's own mission will drown them out.

I have run my campaign the way I’ve wanted to -- as an independent -- so I will be able to serve all islanders with an open mind and heart. I greatly appreciate the support from all islanders and look forward to continuing to represent your interests.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Rick Hughes

Orcas Island

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