Commissioner of Public Lands
Land commissioner hopefuls vary widely in backgrounds, views (More...)
Hilary Franz is a favorite of Seattle environmentalists, backed in her campaign for commissioner of public lands by one of the founders of Earth Day and a director of Patagonia.
Steve McLaughlin, her opponent, comes from a ranching background and is retired from a 25-year career in the miliary.
The two are vying on the November ballot to become the next Commissioner of Public Lands, who as leader of the Department of Natural Resources is the state’s top firefighting official and manages 5.6 million acres of state lands.
The commissioner oversees logging in state forests and the leasing of state agricultural, aquatic and commercial lands that generate on average more than $200 million a year, primarily for public-school construction.(More...)