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03/03/2010: "Odd Election - Good Candidates"

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(Ed Kilduff and Henning Sehmsdorf )

There is an important election race going on, but not to many people know about it, and even though every registered voter in San Juan County can cast a vote for one of the two candidates shown above, voters must request a ballot in order to vote; or vote in person on March 16th.

For those voters who requested a ballot prior by March 8th, they may vote by mail; for those who did not know about this -which is most of the public- they may still vote, but they must now do so in person by showing up March 16 (a Tuesday) at the polling station at 540 Guard Street #150, Friday Harbor, WA to vote between 10am - 2pm call: 360-378-6621 or by e-mail: for additional information

The election is for a Supervisor position on the San Juan Islands Conservation District Board .

Mail-in ballots need to be post-marked no later than March 16, 2010 to be valid.

The election is open to all registered voters in San Juan County. The Candidates are Ed Kilduff and Henning Sehmsdorf :

Henning Sehmsdorf - Candidate Statement

Henning Sehmsdorf has been a supervisor of the San Juan Islands Conservation District for the last ten years, and during that period has helped shape educational and resource planning programs focussed on the role of agriculture in preserving the County’s soil and forest resources, water quality, wildlife habitat, and native plants.

A long-time farmer on Lopez Island, Henning understands the role of sustainable farming practices in protecting vital ecosystems, and on his farm has developed classes for the community and public school students about ecological food production (see

Together with his wife Elizabeth, Henning started the Lopez Farm-to-School program, and on the board of directors of the Community Land Trust initiated the concept of the first federally inspected mobile slaughter unit to serve the local production and distribution of safe and wholesome meats.

Henning has taken his concern for ecosystem protection beyond the County by serving on the board of Washington Tilth Producers, and for the last year and a half on a committee for the National Academy of Sciences to produce a science-based report on “21st Century Sustainable Agriculture.”

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, “agriculture is often responsible for environmental degradation, such as non-sustainable food production, poor fuel use, natural resource depletion and habitat exploitation. But at the same time farmers should be considered as key players in stopping degradation of the ecological balance on which current and future generations depend.” In the light of this, the San Juan Islands Conservation board needs to have at least one active farmer among its supervisors. Henning volunteers to serve the District for another term.

Ed Kilduff - Candidate Statement

My name is Ed Kilduff, and I am a candidate for the San Juan Islands Conservation District Board. I live on Lopez Island. I ask for your vote.

Historically, the people of San Juan County have been very good stewards of the environment. I am an advocate for bottoms-up, locally driven approaches that support rural landowners in protecting our lands and waters. I am a member of the County’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee, and my driving interest there is making local government transparent, accountable, and participatory. I will bring that focus to the District, too.

I am an environmental professional. I have decades of experience working with regulators and the public on some of the most highly charged and technically challenging environmental projects in the nation. My qualifications are a timely match for the County and the Conservation District. District programs include low impact development and eco-building; I am one of only two LEED Accredited Professionals in San Juan County (LEED AP BD+ C). There are District programs for land use and watersheds; I am one of only two licensed hydrogeologists/engineering geologists in the County (LHG and LEG). There are District programs for agriculture and forest lands; as an owner of those lands, I have an interest in voluntary, incentive-based options that support working landscapes while protecting and enhancing our natural resources.

Ed Kilduff, LG, LEG, LHG, LEED AP BD+C
MBA, Applied Economics and Finance MIT Sloan
MS, Geophysics Colorado School of Mines
BS, Mathematics and Geology Tufts University

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