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Jarman tosses hat into District 1 county council ring
San Juan Island Fire Department Commissioner Bob Jarman announced last week that he will run for the District 1 position on the San Juan County Council.
Jarman, owner of Island Communications in Friday Harbor, has lived on San Juan Island for 37 years, working for the local telephone company for 30 years and serving on the District 3 Fire Commission for the past eight.
In a press release announcing his candidacy, Jarman said, "I have decided to run for County Council to represent my fellow Islanders and bring a common sense approach to our county government. We need to get back to basics. I think our local government needs to be strong, decisive and practical in finding solutions to problems without unduly burdening its citizens."
Jarman is the second candidate to announce a bid for the District 1 council position, also known as San Juan South. District 1 Incumbent Lovel Pratt earlier announced that she will seek reelection.
The elected positions on the County Council are considered part-time and council members are paid $35,000 a year, and are eligible for medical benefits.
Jarman has been active in Kiwanis, Dollars for Scholars, Relay for Life and served on the board of the San Juan Seniors' Community Center.
Susan, Jarman's wife, was born and raised on the island. They have four grown children and six grandchildren. "Our roots on the island run deep, with strong family and community ties," said Jarman.