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"As firefighters, we are considered the "boots on the ground". We all know far to well the destructive path fire takes on our lands and in our communities. Over, the past 2 years, our members have been sent out to fight fires all over the state in an unprecedented amount of mobilizations. During that time, Mary Verner has led the Washington DNR though the many challenges catastrophic fires present, The International Association of Firefighters Local 3711 feel that Mary Verner has the background, the knowledge and ability to work with all cooperating agencies in fire suppression, ecology and prevention to lead us through the complex issues that face the citizens of Washington State."

- International Association Firefighters, Local 3711

"Mary Verner is the one candidate who is able to perform the duties of Commissioner of Public Lands the day she is sworn in. As former Spokane Mayor, Mary Verner is the only candidate with executive branch experience. On day-one Mary is ready to tackle the challenges and threats to our public lands brought about by climate change and development. As Deputy for Wildfire and Administration with the Department of Natural Resources, she has earned the respect of the fire service for her tireless work in protecting life and property during two back to back record fire seasons in the Northwest. I hope people will join me in my support for Commissioner of Public Lands candidate Mary Verner."

-Mary Wissink, Vice Chair SCDCC

 “Mary has terrific environmental values. But what really sets her apart is her experience – for Native American Tribes, as Mayor of Spokane, and for the Washington Department of Natural Resources. Mary understands that climate change is one of the most important issues facing us today. That’s why I’m voting for Mary Verner for Public Lands Commissioner.” 

-Rachael Paschal Osborn, Senior Policy Advisory and Awardee, Center for Environmental Law & Policy

"The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is a complex agency with multiple missions entrusted to it. Leading the DNR requires a person with leadership skills, tremendous knowledge, demonstrated leadership abilities, and has a lot of good old fashioned common sense. Fire suppression is perhaps the most important function of DNR. DNR and its leaders must work with countless fire departments, other state and federal agencies, private contractors, politicians, and property owners. The Commissioner of Public Lands (CPL) must be a person who understands DNR’s various missions. Given where we are with climate change and in the aftermath of two back-to-back record setting fire seasons, the citizens of Washington cannot afford to have a Commissioner of Public Lands who is going to need two or more years of on-the-job training. We need a Commissioner who embraces and understands the concept of public safety. The fire service and the citizens of Washington State needs a person who has the experience and the leadership abilities to navigate this complicated public function. We need a Commissioner of Public Lands who is ready to hit the ground running. Make no mistakes. This particular election is not about party politics. It is about efficiently and effectively utilizing both human and financial resources to ensure the safety of Washington’s citizens and protection of our property. Mary Verner is the only candidate who possesses these essential requirements. We need leadership that works for all Washingtonians and the dedicated people at the Departrment of Natural Resources."

-Jack Cates


“I support Mary Verner. She was also on the Spokane City Council and the Mayor of Spokane. When she worked for UCUT she did a Great Job for our Tribes. Our Tribe would gain a lot if she gets this position.”

-Andy Joseph, Colville Tribal Council Member, 3rd Vice Chair, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians


It has been an honor for me to serve the State of Washington as the head of our state’s largest wildfire fighting force. As a former Mayor of Spokane and director of Tribal organizations, I’ve faced and overcome huge challenges to restore forests, fish, and waters. I’m well prepared to take charge of the broad mission of Washington’s Department of Natural Resources.

Leaders from across the state support me because they believe in my work ethic, courage, and accomplishments. I’ve been in the trenches helping rural communities prosper, and expanding outdoor recreation options for urban dwellers. I’ve stood firm for the principal that what’s good for the environment is good for the economy, and I’ve helped adversaries become allies over common goals of long-term sustainability. You can trust me to wisely manage and protect our state’s cherished public lands in the face of climate change, with forward-thinking adaptive management. As a mother and grandmother of Washingtonians, I fight to maintain the irreplaceable natural heritage we share – pure water, clean air, and vibrant forests.

I am asking for your endorsement and contribution to elect me as your next Commissioner of Public Lands.


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