Monday, January 07, 2008

Angel Announces for State Representative in 26th.

Kitsap County Commissioner Jan Angel, a long time district resident, former commercial banker, Realtor and business owner, has announced her candidacy for state representative in the 26th legislative district, position 1. That seat is now held by Democrat legislator Pat Lantz.

Angel will focus on education, public safety and controlling property taxes as her top priorities when elected to the legislature.

“We have an achievement gap in our current education system, public safety is at risk with offenders being released early into our communities and people are being taxed out of their homes. This is simply unacceptable,” stated Angel. “We need people in Olympia who understand the issues and can offer positive solutions, not business as usual. My experience on the county commission and in the private sector prepared me well for this next step. I look forward to serving the people of the 26th District in the legislature.”

Angel served on the Executive Board of the regional Economic Development District, participated in a Friendship Delegation to China with Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, is a founding member of the Kitsap International Trade Council, serves on the board of the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance, the board of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and is past president of the Western District of the Washington State Association of Counties. She also serves on, and is past chair of the Kitsap Regional Coordinating Council, the CENCOM 911 Policy Board, the County Emergency Management Board, Kitsap County Health District Board (2007 chair), Kitsap Transit, and will be serving as the 2008 chair of the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority.

She has lived in South Kitsap for 25 years. She is married to Lynn Williams, has two adult daughters who are partners in local businesses, and is a grandmother of five. Angel attended Colorado State University and the University of Alaska, majoring in business administration. She received her Certified Public Official designation in 2003 and also is a 2003 graduate of the County Leadership Institute, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University Wagner. In addition, she is a Paul Harris Rotarian and is a member of the State of Washington Farm Bureau, the Kitsap/Mason County Farm Bureau, the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition and the Kitsap Audubon Society.

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