Four new commissioners have been elected to the San Juan County Hospital District No. 1 Board. Three - Kyle Loring, Everett Clary, and Trish Lehman will take office after the November 5 election is certified. Certification takes place November 25. The fourth newly elected commissioner, Gail Leschine-Seitz, will take her oath of office in January 2020.
Leschine-Seitz was elected to the seat held for the last six years by Mark Schwinge. He chose not to run for re-election. Leschine-Seitz is familiar with the needs of senior citizens through her work as Aging and Family Case Coordinator for San Juan County Health and Community Services.
Clary will fill position 3, which has been filled for the past two years by Warren Appleton who was appointed after Monica Harrington resigned because she was moving away from the island. Clary, a resident of Friday Harbor since 1999, is a retired forensic chemist who worked for the State of Alaska for many years. His term will expire in two years.
Loring, who has a juris doctorate from Boston College Law School and has practiced law for fifteen years, was elected to position 4 which expires in four years. Michael Edwards, who had chosen not to run for reelection two years ago ended up staying on the commission when the person who was elected to his seat chose not to be sworn in.
Lehman, a registered nurse with Hospice of the NW, was elected to position 5 which has two years left. Rebecca Smith was appointed to fill the seat in 2018 after Bill Williams resigned. The position will be up for election in two years.
Commissioner Anna Lisa Lindstrum, the only member who will continue to serve on the Board said, “I appreciate the service of the outgoing commissioners and welcome and look forward to working with the incoming commissioners.”
“All of our outgoing commissioners gave significant time and effort to their responsibilities,” said Superintendent Pam Hutchins said, “We would like to thank each of them, and wish them well in whatever comes next! Those who would like to thank them for their service may wish to join us at our November 20 Board Meeting.”