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Douglas County is the only county in Washington State that does not have a weed board.

The county commissioners and other "Private Property Rights "activists have been fighting the state and county residents for years on this issue.


 The typical private property rights issue is about as one sided here as in other places where it is used. In this instance they apparently assume that requiring property owners to control state listed noxious weeds would violate private property rights. At the same time they think that surrounding property owners having to clean up weeds that have blown over or spread to their property is not a violation of those same rights.

While Commissioner Hunt does her best to not put any more bur¬dens on property owners, ("Had it up to here on goat heads," Sept. 13, Empire Press.)  I have to wonder what property owners she is referring to. I can assure her that she is putting a burden on me and other like me. Those of us that spend time and money to continual fight weeds that would not be on our property it we had enforcement in place most certainly think not having a weed board is a burden. So who is Hunt concerned about? Apparently not those of us that are trying to keep our property weed free and con¬forming to state law.

I have contacted Commissioner Hunt five times since July of this year. When I pressed her for names, meeting dates, etc. she quit replying to my emails. Sadly this lack of response is nothing new. Commissioner Hunt had been touting the task force for several years yet there have never been any public meet¬ing notices, and apparently from her lack of response there are also no minutes, team members, past accomplishments or future goals.

About the only time the "Task Force" comes alive is when Douglas County is called to task in Olympia for not addressing weed issues and conforming to state law by having a weed board. The commissioners and other anti- weed control folks show up touting this fairy tale `Task Force"

Maybe the commissioners need to come over and help me do weed control for a day.
Then they might be a bit more sympathetic to our plight.
Or better yet quit pretending that the weed problem can be managed by wishful thinking and a smoke and mirror act and start complying with state law.

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In 2004, two County Commissioner races took place in Douglas County that set the agenda for the next 4 years.  Ken Stanton (R) won election to position #1 with 8,602 votes against Matthew S. Warner (D), who got 3,853 votes.  Matthew has filed for Water Commissioner #2 in the East Wenatchee Water District against Glen Broadsword for a 6 year term.

County Commissioner Mary Hunt ran in 2006, and got 64% of the vote with 6,886.  She ran against Robert Salter.  She will be up again in 2010.

The rest of the county level elected officials are listed here.  We have two Democrats county wide, Thad L. Duvall as the Auditor and Mary Dodge as the Treasurer.

What can we do from the netroots to boost turnout and maybe win some local races in Douglas County?

by chadlupkes on Sat Oct 06, 2007 at 11:03:01 AM PST

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