October 25, 2022
The differences are clear. The choice is clear. Vote for Janet St Clair for Island County Commissioner.
October 21, 2022
I've worked to find real ways we can fight climate change in Island County. This work includes my job as a Board Member at Island Transit.
“These solar panels will reduce Island Transit’s energy costs and environmental impact,” St. Clair said. “This is an esOsential step as the agency moves closer to reducing their dependency on non-renewable energy and transitioning toward a zero emissions fleet.”
October 18, 2022
We need to partner together to develop innovative models of housing in Island County. I fully support this plan by Port of South Whidbey to build workforce housing for those seasonal and permanent workers who help our island thrive. The Board of Island County Commissioners is investing for preliminary design and engineering to help make this happen. I was also excited to see that Whidbey Island Grown Cooperative is setting up shop at the fairgrounds and wish them well. The Board also just updated our food code and fee schedule to better support innovation like WIGC in getting local farm food to tables.
If you want to take a moment to hear from both candidates, here is a chance to listen to our priorities. I'm working hard to expand mental health programs for people in island county and to build stronger, healthier communities. I've built relationships and am rolling up my sleeves to write grants to expand broadband across our islands. I'm deeply involved in our local community and have demonstrated results in serving my district.
I want to thank all of the organizations who organized candidate forums this election season. It is always a privilege to share my vision and experience to serve Island County for another four years.
If you wish to see my closing statement at this last forum of our election season, please check out my candidate FB page: (2) Committee to Elect Janet St Clair | Facebook
October 4, 2022
October 2022 - More Letters of Support
September 28, 2022
I'm proud that Island County was the second county in Washington to pass a climate change resolution. We can make a difference on climate change. Strengthening Island County for today, protecting it for tomorrow.
September 27, 2022
I have my own ambivalence about the passing of the Queen, a strong woman who left her mark on history but Britain also has a troubled history, as does America. What I do believe is we can honor the best of those who have passed, we can honor leadership from many nations and that America's roots run deep and diverse, and yes...from those roots a mighty oak we call America.
September 17, 2022
Thanks Mike! 30 years as a social worker trained me to be a problem solver.
September 6, 2022
Thank you to Mark Wahl and Dr. Bernd Fischer for their support and kind words. I will continue to strive to work hard for the people of Island County.
"Island County Ranked Third Healthiest County in the State." Working to support the health and well-being of islanders is a top priority.
August 23, 2022 Speaking at the Old Goats Forum, many of the differences between my opponent and myself became clear. When asked about removing RV's and the homeless, his approach was not only disrespectful, it was illegal. I spoke of my results in helping address homeless encampments with joint response and then following through with clean-up by Public Health and Public Works in Camano, Northgate, Fakkema and now at a large situation on North Whidbey. When asked about how we would handle a public health crisis in the future, my opponent bragged about being unvaccinated and talked of "alternatives". I simply said, "I will follow the science and the recommendations of public health experts."
August 20, 2022
As a working mother, I recognize deeply the importance of childcare in supporting working families and the lifelong impact of quality early learning for a child's future. Thank you Heather White for recognizing my advocacy in this area.
August 2, 2022
I am honored to have received the support of the people in District 3, winning the primary election in early returns. Thank you to all my supporters and the volunteers who worked so hard to get us to this point.
August 1, 2022
Letters to the editor - Heather White; Brian Dirks, Kim Drury
July 26, 2022
The differences are clear between my priorities and my candidates. My opponents fail to recognize the need for climate resiliency and offer no strategies to address housing challenges in Island County. I will stay focused on respectful leadership, hard work, common sense policy solutions and work that focuses on people not politics.
July 23, 2022
While I had concerns about the process of how we develop housing projects, in the end my "yes" vote was to recognize that while bureaucracy is complicating, we are charged with serving people over process. While I respect and listened to the concerns of many over the permanent and transitional housing project in Freeland, we also had over 100+ people let us know they supported this project to be built by the Low Income Housing Institute. Here's just one of those voices.
July 22, 2022
Tim Hazelo is leading efforts to overturn the 2020 election. We need leadership that looks forward and is working on local issues, serving people not politics.
July 19, 2022
July 16, 2022
Attorney General Bob Ferguson endorses Janet St Clair for Island County Commissioner.
July 16, 2022
Permanent supportive and transitional housing has been proven in research to improve the outcomes of those who struggle with poverty, mental illness and other challenges. Research from Stanford, Cornell and National Institute of Health all demonstrated that housing options such as this can reduce crime. While I still am unsure if the Freeland project will pass all required code and permitting challenges, I support the concept and it will fill a significant gap in our housing continuum in Island County.
July 5, 2022
While County Commissioners have only a very small impact on your property tax, I am working bring greater transparency to your taxes and what they support. I am also working to assure that the exemption program for low-income seniors and people with disabilities is fair and doesn't only favor urban areas. Thank you to our Assessor Bernie Upchurch who collaborated to explain the difference between your property valuation and your property tax statement.
March 26, 2022
Affordable housing is a critical issue for families across Island County and across our State. This has been a focus for our Board. I advocate and appreciate the additional funding by the feds and the state to address this crisis. In Island County, our existing local revenue has been insufficient to increase the inventory of affordable housing for Island County residents. I had concerns about using a regressive tax to address this need. I also wanted to be clear about my commitment that our work serves the geographic and equity needs of all of Island County. I voted in support of this measure because housing must be addressed and because it makes fiscal sense. Local revenue can leverage the new state and federal monies as match. As required match can often be 20%, this means that every $1M of local revenue can "buy" up to $5M of other revenue to increase the inventory of housing options for our residents.
March 24, 2022
Responding to constituents on issues of critical concern and following through to solutions is important to me. Some issues take longer than others. I'm proud of the team effort to address a significant health and safety concern that put vulnerable people at risk. We responded with a collaborative approach that prioritized people first, addressing public safety issues for neighbors, bringing in our joint response teams to address human needs and will follow through and continue to provide services to those in need of relocation and support. TIMELINE: History of Camano property at center of dispute
Assuring access to healthcare was a promise in my campaign and work I have done throughout my term as your County Commissioner. It includes advocacy to assure we retain our Public Hospital, Whidbey Health. Hospital officials lay out financial improvements | Whidbey News-Times (whidbeynewstimes.com)
The Island County Board of Commissioners has worked hard to reorganize our Planning Department to focus on customer service. The results are clear. At long last, county building permits hastened | Whidbey News-Times (whidbeynewstimes.com)
As much of my career focused on the importance of early childhood development, I have always known the importance of quality childcare for children. What we also know is that childcare is critical for working families and lack of childcare only worsens the gender gap in employment. I'm proud of the work I've done to promote the grant and study that affirmed this need. Island County invested part of our American Rescue Plan money in early learning including childcare centers on Camano Island. Island County disburses federal American Rescue Plan dollars to Camano groups | News | goskagit.com These grants also supported other local needs including accessibility at Camano Center.
Addressing the need for affordable housing is critical in Island County. It is also critical that as leaders, we strive for transparency, stewardship and due diligence in consideration of tax increases. Commissioners delay vote on housing sales tax | Whidbey News-Times (whidbeynewstimes.com)
For over 8 years neighbors complained about a growing public safety and nuisance on Camano Island. With a dedicated enforcement team and social service outreach, under my leadership Island County is working to resolve this issue. Island County takes Camano Island encampment to Superior Court | News | goskagit.com
“I look forward to a respectful and engaging campaign where we can focus on the issues and priorities of the people we are called to serve." County commissioner race heats up early | Whidbey News-Times (whidbeynewstimes.com)
Assuring Camano Island transportation needs are addressed: Camano roundabout and other road improvements planned | News | goskagit.com
Balancing housing needs with transparency and good government: Snohomish County OKs tax to combat homelessness; Island County eyes following suit | News | goskagit.com
Commissioner St. Clair working to extend and enhance broadband in Island County: Port of Coupeville awarded $4.8 million for broadband | Whidbey News-Times (whidbeynewstimes.com)
Commissioner St. Clair works with State and Federal partners to assist Island County residents: Officials tour storm damage as Island County declares state of emergency | News | goskagit.com
Exploring Camano History (Stanwood Camano News)
To learn more about Janet's past innovative work in healthcare, check out these articles...
The Refugee Health Screener-15 (RHS-15): development and validation of an instrument for anxiety, depression, and PTSD in refugees (co authored by Janet St.Clair) Journal of Psychiatric Neuroscience and Therapeutics
Non Profit Launches Integrated Care Program Seattle Times Dec 7, 2013