Joyce, WA—Port Angeles Port Commissioner Connie Beauvais has formally announced her run for Washington State Senate, Legislative District 24.
“I cannot sit back and watch what is being done to our constituents and the taxes that our out of touch leaders are forcing on us. Just recently, our district legislative leaders voted on $25 billion in new taxes…..during a budget surplus. Even though our voters voted overwhelming against these taxes.
I know water issues deeply and how they impact the Peninsula’s livelihood from drinking water, to shipping, commercial fishing to recreation; I manage one of the largest non-profit drinking water systems in Washington State. I see first-hand government abuse on a daily basis.
Our greatest asset in the 24th district is our natural resources, our fresh and saltwater, and our forests. We need to find real solutions to making our public forests healthy and our waters clean while growing our timber and fishing industries.”
Connie is the elected Port Angeles Port Commissioner, District 3 (West) and was recently overwhelming re-elected to her second term by 64 percent of Clallam County voters.
Knowing water issues deeply and how they impact the Peninsula’s livelihood from commercial fishing to recreation, she manages and is a state-certified operator at the Crescent Water Association. She oversees all business and operations of the water system. The Crescent Water Association is the 22nd largest non-profit water system in the state, servicing nearly 1,000 customers.
Prior to becoming Port Commissioner and managing a water system, Connie owned and operated three successful businesses giving her the experience to understand what it takes to own a small business. In addition, Connie worked for four private businesses, three school districts, a university, and the federal government.
Connie’s community responsibilities stretch beyond her Port Commissioner’s office. Including, acting as Chair of the Clallam County Planning Commission, and serving on the Clallam County Charter Review Commission, the Crescent Community Advisory Council, and the Government Affairs Committee of the Port Angeles Business Association.
She has also served on the Clallam Economic Development Council as an Agriculture Representative and on the Crescent Water Association Board of Trustees.
Connie has lived in Joyce for the last 20 years, prior to that spent 12 years on the Aleutian Island of Adak, Alaska. She and Jim, her husband of 32 years, spend their “spare” time raising prize alpacas.