Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark announced that he will seek re-election in 2016 at Monday’s meeting of the Washington State Democrats,

A rancher, farmer, scientist, and volunteer firefighter from Okanogan County, Commissioner Goldmark leads the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, where he commands the state’s largest firefighting force and sustainably manages more than 5.7 million acres of state-owned land on behalf of the people of Washington.

“My goals are healthy forests, clean water, fresh air, and vibrant rural communities,” said Goldmark.  “I am running for re-election because we must find sustainable solutions to manage climate change, to confront worsening wildfire, and to fix our broken system for funding education.  We must confront these challenges if we are to protect the Washington way of life for generations to come.”

As Commissioner of Public Lands, he added more than 150,000 acres of lands to the state’s conservation holdings across Washington, including more than doubling the size of aquatic reserves within Puget Sound. Other conservation achievements include the largest aquatic conservation easement in state history in Hood Canal, the second largest conservation land purchase in state history with the Teanaway Community Forest in Kittitas County, and the conservation of Maury Island.

These environmental victories were achieved while sustainably managing the state’s working lands according to high environmental standards.  During his leadership tenure, DNR has created more than $1 billion in non-tax revenue for beneficiaries like K-12 education, universities, county services, and our state’s veterans.

“A passionate conservationist, Peter Goldmark cares deeply about protecting Washington’s forests, and safeguarding our communities from wildfires,” said Bob Ferguson, Washington’s Attorney General, in his endorsement of Goldmark. “Thanks to his lifetime of experience as a rancher, farmer, wildland firefighter, and scientist, there is no one more qualified and equipped to care for Washington’s public lands.”

“As Commissioner of Public Lands, Peter Goldmark manages the landscapes Washingtonians cherish according to the best available science and sustainable stewardship principles,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. “From the waters of Puget Sound to the evergreen forests of the Olympic Peninsula to the lush farmlands of Eastern Washington, Peter Goldmark is committed to ensuring that Washington’s incomparable natural legacy can be experienced and enjoyed by generations of Washingtonians to come.”

Goldmark defeated Republican incumbent Doug Sutherland in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012 with 59 percent of the vote, the largest margin of any statewide elected official that year.  He is seeking his third term in office.