Crow Valley resident announces candidacy for San Juan County Council

  • Thu Jun 5th, 2008 10:37pm
  • News

County Council candidate Mindy Kayl

Mindy Kayl has formally announced her candidacy for the position of San Juan County Council, Orcas West (District 4).  

Her campaign promise is to clearly and professionally represent citizens at the county and state level.  She pledges to use common sense, courage and creativity to:

 • Build a more diverse economy, by promoting the support of small business, recruiting green industry, producing more goods locally, supporting farming and eco-tourism, and encouraging professional mentors. 

• Build a strong planning department to establish clear rules for development, identify critical areas, and provide fair and timely permitting.

• Promote environmental stewardship to maintain quality of life, property values, and protection of our critical water resources.

• Support advisory groups and listen to their deliberated advice. 

• Preserve our diverse community by supporting schools, senior programs, affordable housing, community services and the arts.

• Communicate with constituents by being accessible in the community and openly sharing.

Kayl has lived on Orcas Island for 18 years. She feels that her experiences on the EPRC (Eastsound Planning and Review Committee, 2006 to present) and on the Board of Freeholders (2004) give her a current perspective of issues and a working knowledge of the problems facing county government today. 

Kayl promises, “I will advocate for the needs of the community and provide a voice for Orcas Island.”

Kayl has a small farm in Crow Valley and represents the rapidly disappearing demographic of the working landowner.  Her background has helped her develop the skills necessary to lead.  She worked for eight years on research ships in Antarctica, where she feels the extreme conditions brought out creative problem-solving skills in bringing together groups of scientists and foreign nationals to safely accomplish objectives.  She has used common sense and hard work to develop a small farm and build a wetlands consulting business.   

For more information on Mindy Kayl’s background and platform, go to or e-mail her at