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Candidate, Island County Commissioner
District 1

Securing the Future of Island County

Melanie feels deeply committed to serve as a devoted caretaker of this amazing place known as Island County, and having spent the last nine years working intimately with the Board of Island County Commissioners, as well as living on Whidbey Island, she wishes to continue the forward movement of both sense and compassion established by Helen Price-Johnson and other community leaders.


Melanie has served Island County for nine years, championing worker benefits and process improvements as Human Resources Director, and with solutions sensitive to both taxpayer and employee needs. Aside from her work with the county, Melanie has devoted her life to public service. She has served the U.S. Army in military intelligence, been a consultant to tribal governments, a NOW leader, founding member of an educational endowment foundation, a member of numerous city committees, a prison chaplain, and chair of a planning commission and zoning board responsible for the 10-year plan that guided her city's growth while still a fast-growing region in Minnesota. Melanie is a high-profile problem solver who sees solutions, not affiliations.

Melanie is committed to ensuring:
  • Local government that wisely manages Island County growth. Citizens are deeply concerned about housing and jobs, but there is also concern that overly aggressive growth will negatively impact the quality of life.

  • A priority on environmental common sense. Citizens want clean beaches and water, healthy woods, abundant bird and animal life, and clean, safe trails and parks in which to enjoy them. We know we live in a magical place, and we want our government to preserve and enhance our pleasure in living here.

  • Smart government on a budget. Accepting the reality of Island County resources, it becomes vital more than ever in 2020 that we maximize ways to develop technological tools and best practices in a variety of areas. Citizens expect knowledgeable and responsive staff, and county processes must be made more efficient and accessible to everyone.

  • Public transportation options that remain available without falter. The county commission must work with appropriate agencies to improve PT. Each year a new threat to Island Transit looms despite it being a tremendous service to all citizens who use it, and even those who don't (who enjoy decreased road congestion as a result).

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Campaign to Elect Melanie Bacon (D)
P.O. Box 831 Clinton, WA 98236

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