Sue Kuehl Pederson is a lifelong Washingtonian, having grown up in Skamania and Klickitat
counties where her mother’s paternal and maternal grandparents settled over a hundred years
ago. Sue’s father was born in the US to early 1900’s immigrants from Germany. Her childhood
was spent at the beautiful Little White Salmon hatchery on the Columbia River, where her
father worked. A deep love and respect for salmon and nature launched Sue into a varied and
interesting education in science, and a career in fisheries research and management. Later,
while employed at Seattle City Light as a senior environmental analyst, Sue switched gears and
learned about the Pacific NW power industry, becoming a senior power analyst and ultimately
retiring as Power Manager of Grays Harbor PUD.
Sue will focus her expertise on developing and implementing practical policies for reducing catastrophic wildfire risks, while also managing our forests and agricultural lands for economic productivity and environmental health. Our state is inherently rich in beauty and natural resources that have been left largely unmanaged over the past 30 years. Sue will bring practical solutions to benefit our lands & waters, fish & wildlife, local economies, school funding, and citizens’ quality of life. Please vote for Sue!
Sue is a widow and mother of two adult children who are mostly “launched.” They are her pride and joy. She is ready to give back to her beloved Washington state by offering a broad, well-honed background in natural resource and energy management as Commissioner of Public Lands.
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