Marie Shimada earns outpouring of early community support

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Langley, WA – Since launching in November, Marie Shimada’s campaign for Island County Commissioner has received support from 169 individual donors and earned endorsements from 31 community members, including former Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson. Her fast-growing campaign is making a statement in its actions, building support every step of the way.

“We started this campaign with the belief that local government can be a powerful force for good in people’s lives,” said Shimada. “And with the amazing support and enthusiasm we have received, it’s obvious that our community is ready to come together and build a bright future for all of Island County.”

February kicked off with a campaign rally drawing nearly 140 people in support of Shimada, co-hosted by four local farms, Deep Harvest Farm, Foggy Hill Farm, Sweetwater Farm, and Happy Valley Farm. The energetic event inspired the crowd about the next generation of community leadership.

A common remark from the night was an expression of delight that so many young folks were enthused or involved in local politics. Annie Jesperson, owner of Deep Harvest Farm in Freeland, WA shared, “She’s a go-getter, she’s a visionary who is super collaborative and resourceful and seeks partners and experts to work together so that things can actually get done in an effective way. Not only does she stand for the right things, she’s the right kind of person.”

Actions speak louder than words, and that’s why her campaign’s haul is so impressive. According to fundraising reports showing contributions through January 2024, not only did she outraise the incumbent and her opponents, she raised more funds from individual donors than all of them combined. Her work means Shimada knows what it takes to win a campaign in Island County. To learn more about Marie Shimada visit