In order to assess which candidate is best qualified to lead DNR as Commissioner, Goldmark or Didier, it's important to understand what the Commissioner and DNR does.
What is the job?
As Commissioner, Goldmark chairs the Board of Natural Resources, which sets policy for the management of state trust lands. These lands include some 5.6 million acres of publicly owned forests, agricultural and grazing lands, and commercial properties. The Board’s functions include: approving trust land timber and mineral sales; establishing the sustainable harvest level for forested trust lands; approving of sales or exchanges of trust lands; and guiding DNR’s stewardship of state Natural Area Preserves, Natural Resources Conservation Areas, and aquatic or submerged lands.
What are the candidates' qualifications?
- Director of Agriculture for State of Washington, appointed by Governor Lowry in 1993
- Chairman of the Governor's Council on Agriculture and the Environment in 1994-1996
- Governor's Council for a Sustainable Washington in 2002-2003
- Governor's Council on Biodiversity in 2004-2005
- Founding board member and past Chairman of the Board of Farming and the Environment, a unique coalition of farmers, ranchers, and conservationists founded in 1999
- Board of Regents of Washington State University, 1996-2005; President of the Board in 1999-2000
- Board of the Washington State University-University of Washington William D. Ruckelshaus Center, 2003-present
- Okanogan School Board, 1998-2005
- Wildland firefighter, Okanogan County, Fire District No. 8 - 30+ years
- Commissioner of Public Lands, 2009 to present
Clint Didier is a farmer in Eastern Washington near Pasco, and owns and operates an excavation company. He earned an Associate of Arts degree from Columbia Basin College in Pasco, and a BA in Political Science from Portland State University, where he excelled in football.
After graduating from PSU, Didier played professional football for the Washington Redskins for 7 years, during which time he participated in three Super Bowls, and then played another 2 years for the Green Bay Packers.
Didier was assistant coach for the Connell High School football team for 9 years. He stepped down in 2009 to run for the US Senate against Patty Murray.
Didier has been endorsed by the Tri-Cities Tea Party, the Spokane Homebuilders, the Gun Owners Action League of Washington, the Franklin County Farm Bureau, and Pastor Fruiten's Picks, among others (for a full list, click here)