Ferguson endorses St. Clair for commissioner

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson endorsed Janet St. Clair this week for re-election.

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson endorsed Janet St. Clair this week for re-election to the Island County Board of Commissioners.

Ferguson, a fellow Democrat, cited St. Clair’s integrity and commitment to public service in his endorsement.

“So many of Janet’s policy priorities align with mine – from women’s reproductive rights to environmental stewardship to the opioid crisis response and accessible, accountable government,” he said in a press release. “She works hard for Island County – and focuses on issues like increasing internet access and healthy communities that make real improvements in people’s lives. I’m excited to support her campaign for re-election.”

St. Clair is running for a second term as Island County commissioner, representing North Whidbey and Camano Island. In the Aug. 2 primary, she is facing Republican challengers Rick Hannold, a former commissioner she beat four years ago, and Tim Hazelo, the chairperson of the county Republican Party.

St. Clair was recently appointed by State Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz to the State Board for Urban and Community Forests. She serves on the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board and the Northwest Clean Air Agency. She is also chairperson of the Island County Board of Public Health.

St. Clair said she was thrilled and honored by Ferguson’s endorsement.

“Bob works first and foremost for the people of Washington state,” she said in a press release. “It means a lot that he recognizes my work and that the state and local governments like Island County are partners in working for the people of Washington.”

Former Attorney General Rob McKenna, a Republican who was also a candidate for governor, endorsed Hannold for commissioner earlier this year.