San Juan council candidates outline positions on vacation rentals, COVID rules and more

San Juan County voters in next month’s general election will choose representatives from two of three residency districts composing the county council; above, the county courthouse in Friday Harbor. (Konrad Roeder / CC BY-SA)

Special to the Salish Current

— With issues ranging from strengthening the county’s economic base to balancing vacation rental inventory in an area inhabited year-round by tourists and second-home owners — not to mention year-round residents — two of three seats on the San Juan County Council are up for election next month. The incumbent faces a challenger in one race, and two first-timers are vying for another.

To help inform voters’ choices, candidates were asked by Salish Current to answer questions on eight topics: coronavirus, county budget, the ferry system, housing, health care, climate, the economy and vacation rentals. See the responses we received at these links: