Board Elections 2019


Voting Guide

May 1- May 14 - Voting begins at 12:00 pm on Wednesday May 1st and ends at 9:00 pm on Tuesday May 14th.

All Active Members—that is members who have shopped at the Co-op within the past year and are paid up as of April 30, 2019—are eligible to vote. Please note that each membership equals one vote. While other people in your household may share your membership number when shopping at the Co-op, only the person who holds the membership may vote.

 Voting will be online and in the store. Ballots will not be mailed to members.

This year we have four seats to fill:  one 1-year term, one 2-year term, and two 3-year terms. Each candidate is running for a particular seat, and you may vote For or Opposed for each candidate. A candidate must receive at least 51% For votes to gain the seat.

 Four ways to vote:

1. On May 1, if the Co-op has your email address on file, we’ll email you instructions and a link to the vote. Voting opens at noon.

2. If you don't receive an email, you can go to The Food Co-op website (, click the Vote button, and follow the instructions.

3. If you prefer paper to computers, you can fill out a paper ballot at the store. Look under the Board’s board for ballots and envelopes. Put your ballot in an envelope, sign and write your member number on the envelope, and then deposit it in the red ballot box.

4. Alternatively, you can print a ballot off the Co-op’s website and mail it to The Food Co-op at 414 Kearny Street, with your name, member number, and signature on the outside of the envelope. You can also drop the envelope into the red ballot box at the store.


Contact our board assistant at or 360-379-5798.

Meet this Year’s Candidates


We asked this year’s candidates why they wanted to serve on the board of directors for The Food Co-op, and this is what they had to say…


Owen Rowe

Owen is running for a 3-year term. He has served as vice president and currently as president.

 The power of the cooperative business model is what brought me to the board in 2015, and it remains my core reason for board service. Co-ops strengthen the local economy by sharing economic benefits with member-owners and keeping money circulating locally rather than going to distant corporations. The cooperative governance model invites us to listen to diverse voices and craft policies which achieve the consent of all members. And a food co-op like ours nourishes our bodies and supports local farmers and producers who steward, repair, and renew our planet.

Jennifer Dimon-Hardesty

Jennifer is running for a 2-year term. Jen was appointed to the board last year and currently serves on two of our committees, BCC and C3.

I would like to continue to serve on The Food Co-op’s board of directors because it feels like the right thing to do. Like other cooperatives in this town, The Food Co-op is such an incredibly valuable organization to our community. I want to do what I can to help it continue to run smoothly and in a direction that meets all of our needs. In the past years, the members have all been able to have a say in what changes take place at The Food Co-op… as we grow, The Food Co-op grows with us. In many ways cooperatives—especially The Food Co-op—are a reflection of our values and our commitment to the future.

Candace McKay

Candace is running for a 3-year term. She has been attending board meetings and participating in committees and other board work for several months.

When I was working as a reporter in the early 1990s, I was researching a movement called “Community Supported Agriculture,” then virtually unknown in the United States. Japan was one country where this was thriving, an arrangement whereby a group of people paid a farmer to grow food for them. What evolved was more of a partnership with shared risks and responsibilities than the usual producer-consumer relationship. Translated into English, this arrangement was called “Food with a Face.”

This stuck with me, and describes in a few words why cooperatives have been a part of my life since the mid-1980s. It is more than a mere exchange of money for goods, but a connection—face-to-face—that values the questions: Who produced this? What was the social/environmental cost? Who benefits? Where does the money go?

When I decided to move to Port Townsend about a year and a half ago, the purchase of a membership at The Food Co-op came before that of a house. Yes, I knew the philosophy of food coops, but philosophy is rather hard to digest. We eat what nourishes the body and dazzles the senses, and this is what grabbed me. The palette of produce (so much local!) And there was Booda Butter, my favorite body cream. And the cup from the deli of a hot ginger lemon infusion that almost instantly cured an incipient cold (maybe not, but it was delicious anyway).

Monica le Roux

Monica is running for a 1-year term. Monica has been on the board for six years and served as president, vice president, and treasurer. She is currently our treasurer.

Cooperatives are important to me because they allow people to participate in their local economies in a very direct and democratic way.  At the Food Coop in particular, as both an owner and a member of the board of directors, I have watched us successfully work through complex issues to find common ground.  I enjoy regularly discussing alternate perspectives and creating and valuing inclusive processes.

Cast Your Vote!

Voting will open from May 1st- May 14th. Please watch your email for a link!