Board Elections 2019

Voting Results

Meet the Candidates


Voting Results

Congratulations to Our Board Candidates!

Monica, Jen, Owen, and Candace all received 98% or more “For” votes. With all that is going on this year in the store, voter turn out was a little lower than usual, with 159 members voting—135 online and 24 with paper ballots in the store. Thirteen additional paper ballots were put in the box without signature and member number, so they could not be counted.

New board members will be seated at the June 4 board meeting at the Annex at 2110 Lawrence Street at 5:30 pm. Member-Owners are always welcome to attend.

Final Tally:

Monica le Roux                       157 Yes

Owen Rowe                            156 Yes

Jennifer Dimon-Hardesty        154 Yes

Candace McKay                      154 Yes


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…


The Food Co-op election for board members takes place between May 1 and 14. Active members of the Co-op will receive either a postcard or an email with instructions on how to vote. You will be able to vote either online or on paper ballots in the store.

We asked our candidates to write a statement—500 words or less—about why they would like to be on The Food Co-op Board and what they would bring to the job. The statement had to include answers to the first of the following questions plus any two of the others.

  1. Why are cooperatives in general and The Food Co-op in particular important to you?

  2. How will your experience, skills, or unique perspectives strengthen The Co-op Board?

  3. What do you perceive to be the long- and short-term challenges facing The Food Co-op and how would you address them?

  4. What volunteer or professional experiences have you had with other cooperatives or organizations?

  5. Do you have personal aspirations that could be enhanced by board service?


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.

I am involved with many groups and organizations in Port Townsend, from arts and culture to economic development. On the co-op board, I have seen first-hand how facilitating learning, engagement, and civil dialogue can strengthen our democracy and our society. While we can’t solve all the world’s problems from the Annex, we can take those steps that are accessible to us. The Food Co-op can be a model and inspiration for others, which is part of why I’ve helped start the Olympic Cooperative Network, to support other businesses implementing or considering the co-op business model.

Our Food Co-op board is a great group of people and we work well together. Since the board chose me to serve as president last year, I’ve been proud to lead our process to review and renew our Mission and Values statements, applying and extending my skills in systems design, project management, and guiding groups to alignment. With your support, I’ll be elected for another three-year term to continue my service and help lead The Food Co-op to our 50th anniversary in 2022.

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.

We live in a time in which the food industry is a complex and sometimes overwhelming machine. Now that my husband and I are having kids, it has become even more apparent to me how crucial it is that I put my effort in to helping provide future generations with one of the most basic human needs - access to local, ethically-sourced, affordable, and nutritious foods. Though this is a basic human need, it is not a simple one to acquire in today’s world. It takes a tremendous amount of work and dedication. We are so fortunate here in Port Townsend with what The Food Co-op has to offer.

I’m not willing to say that I harbor any more skills than anyone else who might run for the board of directors. I believe there are hundreds, maybe thousands of people in our county who could (and should!) run for the board. However, I am willing to say that my intention to continue to serve on the board is housed in hope that I will be able to continue to improve upon my own character within the role. I would like to keep learning how to better connect with others in our community. I want to become a more compassionate listener and put genuine effort towards resolving conflicts that inevitably crop up in cooperatives. Serving on the board of directors has given me the precious opportunity to work on these skills and many others. I would look forward to another year of this kind of personal growth that allows me to better serve others in our community. Thank you for being a member at The Food Co-op and thank you for your vote!

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).

How will your experience, skills, or unique perspectives strengthen The Co-op Board?
Having been involved with co-ops from the early days, I acquired a university-level education in translating idealism into action, conflict into common good, and balancing personal passion with community growth. In other words, what could be imagined alone could only succeed together. This is the sense I have of The Food Co-op, too. Much to celebrate with gratitude, and with hope I can contribute to its future.
In my professional life, I have been fortunate to explore varied paths. These included factory worker, waitress, archeologist, newspaper reporter, writer, food activist/farmer, theologian, and minister.

What volunteer or professional experiences have you had with other cooperatives or organizations?
For about 25 years, I was a member-owner of the GreenStar Coop in Ithaca, New York. For most of that time, I was either a worker, superworker, or member of several committees. My other significant cooperative experience was as a planning member of EcoVillage Cohousing, also in Ithaca.

In addition, I served as founding member/vice president of the New York Organic Farmers Association, where I coordinated the annual conference, directed the Farm Apprenticeship Program, and was a board member of the Organic Certification program.

Other food-related projects of which I have been a part include director of the Center for Local Food and Agriculture at Cornell University, and two-days-a-week lunch cook at Loaves and Fishes, a community kitchen in Ithaca.

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.
This year we will be completing the renovation of the store, as well as renewing our mission and principles. In coming years we will continue to face the challenges of a community that is in need of a way to support its aging members limited mobility, as well as a way to support those members who can not find affordable housing, with the knock-on effect of having limited resources to pay for food. I am invested in both finding ways to form partnerships that will allow for home delivery of groceries, and continuing the work required to support the ability to eat healthily and well on a tight budget.
Finally, my personal aspirations for the coming year include the desire to continue learn more advanced skills of facilitation, as this skill has proved essential to successful board work. Our continuing focus here at the Food Coop on education of board members is something I appreciate very much, and I hope I can also pass on what I have learned over the last six years of board service to our new board members, serving both as a mentor and later peer support.